6 junio, 2024

The 9 Most Famous Dances and Typical Dances of Nayarit

Some of the dances and typical dances of Nayarit They are the dance of the rooster, the coamecate, the dance of the bules, the dance of the devil or that of the blacks. The main influence of the dance in Nayarit comes from the State of Jalisco in the form of the dance known as Jarabe tapatío. This later became Jarabe Nayarita.

Thanks to the work of Jaime Buentello and Arnulfo Andrade, in the last century the classification of the different dances or sones that make it up was established. Some of the main ones are: El Coamecate, El Diablo, Los Negritos, Los Bules and El Gallito.

Main dances of Nayarit

nayarita syrup

El Jarabe is a Cuban rhythm, a mixture of Spanish and indigenous culture, which represents situations in a peculiar way. Generally performed by a couple on a small stage; This dance features the classic rooster to hen rodeo.

the machetes

The Nayarit dances that are danced with machetes are known as sones potorricos, and in all of them the man flaunts his skill with machetes, since they are supposed to be his work tool and his personal defense weapon.

It is a mestizo dance that seeks to contrast the rudeness of the man with the machetes and the delicacy and coquetry of the woman.

the ox

It is a Spanish-style dance very typical of the conquest, you can see it by the ruffles and the way the women dress; In the case of men, the suit is more of an indigenous type, with the manta suit urbanized with the dress shirt.

El Gallito’s dance

The dance of El Gallito has gained relevance beyond the borders of Nayarit. This dance has an allegorical connotation in the sense that it represents the courtship of a man and a woman through its analogy with the rooster and the hen.

In this dance, the man stomps his feet in unison with the woman and the attire is extremely showy. The man wears pants and a white blanket shirt with embroidery, as well as attractive hats.

For women, the attire is equally charming, based on satin and with a wide skirt. Usually the blouse has bright colors.

The head is usually adorned with flowers. One of the things that is most striking about the dance is the movement that the rhythm gives to the skirt.

Finally, the use of a fan and a crucifix by the woman denotes the strong Spanish and Catholic influence. All of this undoubtedly reveals a characteristically mestizo expression.

The sound of El Coamecate

With this same name, a town in the state of Nayarit is denoted. Probably the appearance of this particular son occurred in that area. The rhythm of the dance usually has more leisurely nuances.

Again, scenes of daily life or courtship between a man and a woman are represented here.

The dimension of said procession is usually allegorical, as in the case of El Gallito and is emulated through movements.

The Bulls

In this particular dance, the most characteristic thing is the use of the machete. This instrument can have here a connotation of personal defense, as well as a work tool.

In this dance the woman’s attitude is seductive and this is manifested in the heeling and pose in general.

There are usually doubles and rolls. However, it must be taken into account that the use of the machete as a choreographic element gives it a certain danger.

The devil’s dance

One of the characteristics of this particular dance is its relatively higher speed. This also implies the use of knives, in what is known as «Floreo de Cuchillos».

The dance of the Negritos

This dance somehow synthesizes the sounds of El Diablo and the Bules. Also, there is an implicit danger in it due to the use of machetes in the modality of redoubles.

Huichol peyote dance

The Huichols or Wixárikas, as they call themselves, are an ethnic group located in the Sierra Madre Occidental of Nayarit.

Rooted in their traditions, dance and dancing are part of their customs, being able to highlight the peyote dance. This is used for rituals and the invocation of a god.

This type of dance is usually accompanied by the melody of instruments such as the guitar (kanari) or rabel (xaweri).

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