- From encounter to independence
- Regional developments
- The Caribbean
- Central America, Colombia, and Venezuela
- The Southern Cone
- Additional considerations
Latin American dance
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- CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas - Flood of 1927
Latin American dance, dance traditions of Mexico, indigenous (Amerindian), African, and European influences that have shifted throughout the region over time.
This article surveys selected genres of dance across the vast and diverse region of cultures (for further treatment, see communities.
Some early dance history can be inferred from the archives and from what seem to be continuous practices. For example,
The dances of the Aztec were precisely structured and executed. Priests trained young people in the movements of the ritual dances and organized the ceremonies into massive arrangements of dancers who moved in symbolic geometric patterns. Combat was a major theme that featured male dancers: weapons in hand, individuals or groups of dancers enacted struggles between gods or between military units such as eagle warriors and jaguar warriors. Dances could last more than a day to test the warrior-dancers’ endurance and commitment. In some ceremonies dancers moved in columns to represent revolving astral bodies in their annual and millennial circuits; in others they represented planters working in looping zurcos (furrows). In the integral to the functioning of the viceroyalties in austere 40-day period of medieval Spain. The dance was based on an older form of religious street theatre,