I’d Rather Be Dancing Italian Folk Dances

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The people of Italy are very musical and love to dance. Here are some beautiful dances from the Big Boot.

Chi Balla is one of the dances we do at Phoenix International Folk Dancers. It was choreographed by the American, Ira Weisburd:

I don’t know what this dance is; I found it on YouTube, and the notes say it was filmed in Tuscany:

Neapolitan Tarantella is the music (and dance) I most associate with Italy:

Mazurca di Sant’ Andieu:

Gatij Ed Goj is a dance attributed to Occitania/Italy. I didn’t know what Occitania is, so I looked it up. It’s a region in southern Europe where the language Occitan was the original language (an area that is made up mostly of current day southern France). I don’t understand how a dance could be Occitan and Italian; maybe the music is from Occitania. It is lovely music, though, and a lovely dance:

Il Cantico delle creature:

Passu Torrau is a simple dance, and there are many different versions:

Graziella Mazurca:

Bomba Latina is a line dance choreographed by Italian Joey di Stefano, shown leading the dance, based on Latin steps:

Tarantella Montevergine is one more Italian tarantella, beautifully danced by the Tucson International Folk Dancers at the Phoenix Folk Dance Festival in 2017:

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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