The zapateado is a group of dance styles of Mexico, characterized by a lively rhythm punctuated by the striking of the dancer's shoes, akin to tap dance. The name derives from the Spanish word zapato for "shoe": zapatear means to strike with a shoe. It is widely used in huapango, son jarocho, son jaliscience, son calentano, and mariachi.
- David Ewen, Encyclopedia of Concert Music.
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