7 Typical Dances in the Peruvian Coast

Typical Dances in the Peruvian Coast
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These are 7 typical dances in the Peruvian Coast that you should know that are part of the traditional festivals and festivities of Peru.

What characteristics do the typical dances in the peruvian coast have?

The dance of the coast is vivacious and is usually danced in pairs. Among them, the lando, zamacueca, the marinera, festejo, the alcatraz and tondero stand out.

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What are the typical dances of the Peruvian Coast?

1.- Zamacueca.

This dance is characterized by accentuating the movements of the pelvis in a kind of erotic dance that takes place in the middle of a big party.

The cultural miscegenation in Lima between gypsies and mulattoes in the mid-nineteenth century gave rise to this type of dance that, in a love ritual, highlights the obsession of a man with a woman.

During it, a special game is made with handkerchiefs that adorns the courtship.

Zamacueca danza típica de la costa

2.- Alcatraz

In this dance, the man and the woman compete to set fire to the cucuruchu (a kind of paper cone) that their partner has attached to the back of his suit.

Accompanied by the guitar, the cajon, the donkey jaw (a musical instrument) and clapping, the dancers prevent the fire from igniting using a quick movement of the hips.


3.- Marinera Limeña

To perform this type of dance, a more formal costume is weared. The man wears a suit, white shirt, tie, black shoes and a handkerchief, while the woman wears an elegant skirt dress with roundabouts.

As instruments it’s used the guitar, the cajon and clapping, but in recent times it has incorporated wind instruments that give them a touch of a popular band.

4.- Festejo

Known as “the waist dance”, for the accelerated and erotic movements that women achieve, especially.

This is one of the oldest genres that arrived on the Peruvian coast and seems to be the origin of the dances mentioned above, such as the alcatraz, the inga, lando and lavanderas.

Danza típica de la costa

5.- Vals Criollo

Developed in Lima in the 19th century in a big part of the Peruvian coast. Represent the time of the Montoneros, when women hid their men under their skirts due to the persecution they suffered.

In the festival it’s customary to wear canelazo (cañazo), the clothing is referred to the field and its time and the presence of pilgrims who come from other places to worship the holy image.

The music begins with chords typical of religious fervor, then it’s combined with typical music that is very popular in the Ayabaca lares.

Vals criollo

6.- Tondero

The tondero is a very artistic dance due to the plasticity and harmony of the movements and conveys a festive and joyful atmosphere. The purpose is to pay homage to nature and reproduce the mating and falling in love of birds.

Danza típica de la costa

7.- Lando

Men and women perform a dance with the contortion of their bodies, in which the movement of the belly is emphasized to the rhythm of drums and other percussion instruments.

The dancers dance barefoot in a festive and cheerful attitude, dressed in simple and colorful costumes. Men usually wear hats.

The Peruvian Coast is one of the three important regions of the country, where important cultural and artistic manifestations that are characterized by their various dances are conceived and practiced with joy and brilliance.

Danza típica de la costa


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