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Villablanca


Villablanca International Dance Festival



Practical information


When?:
To be confirmed 2015

Where:
Villablanca

More information :
http://www.villablanca.es/


Location

Autonomous region:
Andalusia

Province/Island:
Huelva

Huelva
Activity:
Festival

Theme:
Music, Dance, Spanish folk




Description

The Villablanca International Dance Festival came into being in 1980, with the aim of demonstrating a traditional shepherds' dance that was the sole preserve of men around the 16th century.

This dance has been performed year after year in front of a statue of Nuestra Señora de la Blanca, the town's patron saint, for centuries. The strength and tradition of this dance is proven in its very existence - Charles III prohibited it in any religious procession or function. The dancers come together, and a "manigero" (the leader of the troupe) marks out the rhythm of the nine "mudanzas", or steps, which make up the dance. Of these, the first is especially emblematic. It symbolises a meeting between shepherds. There is also another where the dancers cross their sticks. Once upon a time this was so that the Marquises of Ayamonte could pass underneath.

Practical information

Date:
To be confirmed 2015
Place:
Villablanca (Huelva. Andalusia)

Contact details

http://www.villablanca.es/

Schedules and prices

Schedule

To be confirmed 2015


* Information may be subject to modifications

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