Mexico Dance: The Jarabe Tapatío In Baja California

Last Updated: January 27, 2013 by
Categories: Mexico

Vallarta Jarabe TapatioMexico dance -- With a whirl and a smile, the dance begins. Much like the colorful courtship performance of a bird of paradise, the Jarabe Tapatío, the quintessential folk dance of Mexico, is a captivating display of form and flow.

Although there are dozens of Jarabe styles seen throughout the country, the basic movements tell the story of a woman who refuses the courtship of a man but later accepts, only after he has broken out his top shelf dance moves. Because of its sexual connotations, the Jarabe Tapatío was banned by authorities in the late 1700's, but public performances returned soon after.

As with Mexican mole sauce and its immense range of 27-ingredient-infused flavors, the dance takes on varying characteristics over time. New emotions manifest themselves -- longing, passion, adoration, frustration, love, satisfaction -- and there is a playfulness, or a sweetness to it that is completely lost on modern dance.

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