VIRA- PORTUGAL

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VIRA DANCE, PORTUGAL

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Considered to be extremely similar to the “waltz” is a dance form belonging to southwestern Europe known as Vira. This “traditional” dance is said to have originated from the Minho region located in Portugal.  This dance basically comprises of a three step rhythm, and as a result is a much quicker than the waltz. Furthermore, this dance basically involves a couple performing without holding hands.

a. History/origin of Vira:

Apparently, this dance style was created essentially using the waltz as a template. Furthermore, this dance style is mainly comprised of a quicker “three step rhythm”.  In addition, this dance is said to be extremely popular in the Minho region in Portugal.

b. Costumes used in the Vira:

The costume worn in this dance style mainly includes a white shirt, a long red and black skirt, and a red headgear.

c. Music involved in the Vira:

The musical instruments mainly used in this dance style include the accordion and the traditional “Portuguese” cavaquinho.

d. Training availability and the technique involved in the Vira:

In terms of the technique, in this dance the performers (i.e. a couple) basically dance without holding hands. In addition, the performers also arrange themselves in a circle and move in the anticlockwise direction. Furthermore, the performers also snap their fingers while dancing to the rhythm of the accompanying music. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “traditional” dance is mainly performed in Portugal.

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