Bolivian Dance Group

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The group was form in 2014 to showcase the variety dances from Bolivia, the ages range from 5 years to late 50’s having a kids group and adults, where disability is not an issue. Anyone can dance

Typical dances like:

Caporales is a traditional Andean dance originated in La Paz, Bolivia. Caporales were presented to the public for the first time in 1969 by the Estrada Pacheco brothers, who were inspired in the character of the ‘Caporal’.

This is the overseer of the black slaves and was usually mixed race, wore boots and held a whip, a dance that belongs to the region of the Yungas, Bolivia.

Tinku, a Bolivian Aymara tradition, began as a form of ritualistic combat. In the Aymara language, it means “meeting-encounter.” During this ritual, men and women from different communities will meet and begin the festivities by dancing.

The women will then form circles and begin chanting while the men proceed to fight each other; rarely the women will join in the fighting as well. Large tinkus are held in Potosi? during the first few weeks of May.

The Tobas were a tribe of warriors who lived in the Chaco region of Bolivia. When the Incas came to conquer them, they were amazed by the rich culture of fierce warriors that they encountered.

The Incas greatly admired the Tobas dance and they were taken from their Amazonian homeland by the Emperor Tupac Yupanqui. The dance and music of the Tobas has been reinter- preted by subsequent people of Bolivia like the Aymara and the Mestizos.

Diablada or Danza de los Diablos (English: Dance of the Demons), is an original and typical dance from the region of Oruro in Bolivia, characterized by the mask and devil suit worn by the performers.

The dance is a mixture of religious theatrical presentations brought from Spain and Andean religious ceremonies such as the Llama llama dance in honor of the Uru god Tiw (protector of mines, lakes, and rivers), and the Aymaran miners’ ritual to Anchanchu.

Morenada (Dance of the Black Slaves) is a music and dance style from the Bolivian Andes characterised by a mixture of African and Indigenous elements. The origins of this dance, the three main hypotheses say that the dance could have been inspired in African slaves brought to Bolivia to work in the silver mines of Potosi?, another theory states that it would be inspired in the Afro-Bolivian community living in the Yungas region of La Paz, and the third main theory links this dance with the Aymara culture due to the findings of cave paintings in the Lake Titicaca shores in the Taraco peninsula.

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