Dance in Venezuela

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Most of Venezuela's dances originated in Europe in the 19th century, but some originated in the Caribbean and others have African origins. They include the national dance the Joropo, the Venezuelan merengue and the Baile de Tambor.

Venezuelan polka[edit]


The Joropo is the national dance of Venezuela. It originated in Spain and was most likely brought over in the 19th century. The Joropo consists of 36 steps and is a dance for couples. It uses the hand turn and waltz turns and partners hold each other tightly as they step.

Venezuelan merengue[edit]

Baile de Tambor[edit]

Baile de Tambor, also known simply as tambor, is a dance of Afro-Venezuelan origins that is danced to the complex rhythms of the country's surviving African percussion traditions.

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