5 MOST FAMOUS ITALIAN FOLK DANCES

ITALIAN FOLK DANCE

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 and 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 ‘pizzas and pastas’ and many more mouth watering dishes. Infact, the Sicilians are known as the world’s best cheesemakers. However, what many people do not know is that 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 DANCE

Ballu Tundu is an Sardinian folk dance first performed in the year 1805 and is supposed to have originated from an autonomous region called Sardinia in Italy. Ballu Tundhu dance basically comprises ‘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 DANCE

Calabrian Tarantella dance is a partner dance originating from the Calabria region in southern Italy. Furthermore, this dance is performed around a circle 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 Calabrian Tarantella folk dance.


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FOLK DANCE NO 3: MONFERRINA DANCE

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, Monferrina dance also involves the use of 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 DANCE

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, Pizzica 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 DANCE

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. Tarantella dance, the folk dance of Italy, also known as “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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