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'Cueca', Chile's National Dance

Updated: Sep 14, 2020

During September, Chile's National month, there is a lot of 'Cueca' dancing all over the country! This year though it will be different because of the pandemic and maybe we will not be able to visit a 'ramada' and dance but we still can watch it here.

The usual interpretation of this courting dance is zoomorphic: it tries to reenact the courting ritual of a rooster and a hen. The male displays a quite enthusiastic and at times even aggressive attitude while attempting to court the female, who is elusive, defensive and demure. The dance often finishes with the man kneeling on one knee, with the woman placing her foot triumphantly on his raised knee. Source:

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