7 junio, 2024

The 6 most famous typical dances of Lima

The typical dances of Lima They make up one of the most representative means of expression of the multicultural wealth of the Peruvian capital city. Starting in 1908, the popular indigenous festival of Amancaes held in the Rimac district gave rise to the first Lima dance demonstrations.

After 1950, due to the arrival of numerous migrant families in the capital, the massification and penetration of Andean music occurred. This generated that the folkloric dances in the region took more vigor as an element of preservation of their ancient traditions.

Currently, Lima’s dance culture is observed in arenas, theaters, city streets and accompanying the different traditional celebrations that take place in the city.

The most outstanding typical dances of Lima


This dance was spread from Lima to Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. It was danced during the Amancaes festival at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Due to its erotic-festive style it was censored, and after 1970 it was resumed, but only as a show, not as a spontaneous popular dance form.

Lima sailor

This dance originates after the zamacueca and is distinguished as the national dance par excellence.

The Lima sailor, counterpoint sailor or criolla jarana is an elegant and rhythmic dance. His musical accompaniment is a counterpoint of singing or improvisational verses.

It is considered a mestizo dance due to the evident influence of ancient minuets and European ballroom dances, combined with Andean and African customs.

The stately and sober style of her dance characterizes the coquetry and mischief of the man courting the woman, who responds by accepting her partner’s claims with grace and style.

It is danced with short steps executed by the dancers with extreme subtlety. She is accompanied by the histrionics that recalls a story of passion hidden in the discreet dance.

they are from the devils

It is a dance typical of the celebration of Corpus Christi and of the carnivals celebrated by Afro-Peruvians in viceroyalty times.

During the celebration, the inhabitants disguised as devils, wearing masks, tails and tridents, invaded the streets of Lima in comparsas led by a foreman.

The dance, a tradition that persists in these times, is made up of acrobatic movements with foot movements to the rhythm of the guitar, the box and the jaw of a donkey.


It is an erotic-festive dance typical of Lima and Ica.

It is a loose couple and during its execution the woman has a rag or a piece of paper called the cone tied to her waist.

During the execution, the man tries to light the cone with a candle, while the woman sways her hips to the music.


It is an Afro-Peruvian dance that is practiced in the festivities of the Hatajo de Negritos in the south of Lima.

It consists of a kind of competition between the dancers, who must dance to the beat of the Afro-Peruvian cajón and the guitar.

Its execution is limited to professional dance, for which the dancers must be properly trained due to the degree of difficulty of the dance.


Cheerful Afro-Peruvian rhythm that is used as a form of celebration. While it alternates with various quatrains, a chorus sounds that says «congorito I say, congorito».


Dances of Lima. (nd). Recovered from enperu.org.
Dances and Musical Genres of the Peruvian Coast. (nd). Retrieved from cemduc.pucp.edu.pe

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