5 MOST FAMOUS ITALIAN FOLK DANCES

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ITALIAN FOLK DANCE

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Italian folk dances are an innate part of Italy’s culture which was the power centre of the European continent from the days of the Roman empire. Italy as a nation has a very rich cultural history is known for being the epicenter of the major historical event – ‘The Renaissance’. In addition, it is also known for its unique cuisine like the world famous “pizza and pasta” and many more moth watering dishes. Infact, the Sicilians are known as we world’s best cheesemakers. However, what many people do not know is that the Italian culture is also renowned for its unique folk dances. So here is presenting a list of “5 most famous Italian traditional dances”.

FOLK DANCE NO 1:  BALLU TUNDU

Discovered in the year 1805 is an Italian folk dance called Ballu Tundu which was supposed to have originated from an autonomous region called Sardinia in Italy. This dance basically comprises of “leaps and agile feet movements”. In addition, this form of folk dance is performed to music produced by instruments such as the Launeddas, and the accordion.

FOLK DANCE NO 2: CALABRIAN TARANTELLA

“A man-woman dance” would be the apt way to describe an Italian folk dance form known as Calabrian Tarantella. Furthermore, this dance is performed around a circle that is called “rota” i.e. wheel. In addition, instruments such as Zampogna (a peculiar instrument with double chantered pipes) and a diatonic button accordion are usually used to produce music for this folk dance.


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 FOLK DANCE NO 3: MONFERRINA

Originating from a region called Piedmont in north Italy is a popular folk dance known as Monferrina. In this “couple” dance the performers generally join both their hands as well as bend their knees while performing. Furthermore, this dance also involves the use bows, mimed teasing and coaxing. In addition, this folk dance is referred to as “Monferrina Di Friuli” in the Province of Bologna, and “Monferrina Mudnaisa” in the Province of Modena.

 FOLK DANCE NO 4: PIZZICA

Performed essentially by “couples” is a popular Italian folk dance called Pizzica originating from a region called Salento located in southern Italy. However, it must be noted that this dance can be performed by “same sex as well opposite sex couple”. Furthermore, this dance was developed mainly by women as a way to express their desire to break free from the norms set by a rather conservative patriarchal Italian society.

 FOLK DANCE NO 5: TARANTELLA

Named after a “wolf spider” is a group of folk dances called Tarantella, and is said to have originated from a region called Salento located in Southern Italy. In addition, this “courtship” dance is essentially performed by couples in rhythm with the music. The performers use a lot of gestures while dancing. The music accompanying this group of folk dances is produced by instruments such as a mandolin, guitar, accordion, tambourine, flute, fiddle, trumpet, and clarinet.

Two amazing dance videos of the Italian folk dance Tarantella: Source – YouTube

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