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Cultural Dance Trends Episode 9 by World Dance Apparel

Written by Karol Moreno

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Posted on December 06 2022

Hey WDA readers, today we are here with the 9th episode of your favorite blog series on cultural dance trends. In the previous episode, we covered all the countries' names starting with the alphabet 'M'. Today, we'll cover the countries' names starting with 'N', 'O', and 'P' alphabets. We hope you are enjoying our series and only a few episodes are left to complete this blog series. So, if you are new here, find the previous episode links at the end of this blog. Without wasting any time, let's start!

Cultural Dance of Nicaragua

Palo de mayo Dance

Palo de mayo Dance

Palo de Mayo is a type of Afro-Caribbean dance with sensual movements that is part of the culture of many communities in the RAAS region of Nicaragua, as well as in Belize, the Gulf Islands of Honduras, and Bocas del Toro in Panama. It is also the name given to the month-long Labor Day festival celebrated on the Caribbean coast. The festival and dance are Afro-Nicaraguan traditions that originated in Bluefields, Nicaragua in the 17th century.

Cultural Dance of Nepal

Newa Dance

Newa Dance

Newar Dance consists of a whole range of dances traditionally performed by the Newars. Newar dances can be divided into traditional masked dances, folk dances, and ritual dances.

List of Newar Traditional Masked Dances

Newar Traditional Masked Dance

  • Lakhey dance
  • Astamatrika dance
  • Navadurga dance
  • Pulukisi dance (elephant dance)
  • Sawabhakku
  • Neelbarahi Naach, Bode, Madhyapur Thimi

List of Newar Folk Dances

Newar Folk Dances

  • Jyapu Pyakhan
  • Tekanpur Pyakhan

List of Newar Ritual Dances

Newar Ritual Dance

  • Charya Pyakhan
  • Gathu Pyakhan
  • Kumha Pyakhan dance
  • Daitya Pyakhan

Cultural Dance of the Netherlands

Klompendansen Dance

Klompendansen Dance

Traditional dancing in the Netherlands is often called "Folkloric", sometimes "Boerendansen" or "Klompendansen". Dance shoes are worn as an essential part of the traditional Dutch filibuster costume or Klompendanskunst. Dance clogs are lighter than the traditional 700-year-old design. The soles are elm and the upper is cut from the ankle. The dancers create a rhythm by tapping their toes and heels on a wooden floor.

Read also: In which Countries Do People Love to Perform Tap Dance?

Cultural Dance of New Zealand

Haka Dance

Haka Dance

Haka (plural) is a variety of ceremonial performing arts in Maori culture. It is often performed by a group, with powerful movements and stomps accompanied by rhythmic shouts or accompaniments. The haka is performed to welcome distinguished guests or to honor great achievements, occasions, or funerals. The haka was traditionally performed by both men and women and served various social functions within Maori culture.

Cultural Dance of Norway

Hallingdans Dance

Hallingdans Dance

The Halling or Hallingdans is a folk dance traditionally performed in rural Norway. Although half versions can also be found in parts of Sweden. The dance is traditionally performed by young people at weddings and parties.

Cultural Dance of Oman

Al-Bar'ah Dance

Al-Bar'ah Dance

Al-Bar’ah is a musical tradition of the Bedouin from the Dhofar Mountains in southern Oman. It takes the form of a war dance performed in a semicircle of ten to thirty men and women to the beat of drums and poetry songs sung in the local tribal dialect. Most of the Al-Bar’ah artists come from the Dhofar region, where they help preserve and practice poetic diversity and pass it down from generation to generation.

Cultural Dance of Pakistan

Jhumar Dance

Jhumar Dance

Jhumar or Jhoomar is a vibrant form of music and dance that originated in Multan and Balochistan, and also flourished in the Sandalbar districts of Punjab, Pakistan. It is a slower and more rhythmic form. The word "Jhumar" comes from Jhum/Jhoom, which means Balancer or Swaying. The dance is mainly performed by Balochi and the people of South and Central Punjab. This dance is also performed in a circle, to the rhythm of moving songs.

Khattak Dance

Khattak Dance

The Khattak dance is a fast-paced Atiya dance usually performed with a sword and a handkerchief by the graceful Khattak tribesmen of Pashtuns. He was executed by the warriors of Khattak before fighting the wars in the time of Malik Shahbaz Khan Khattak and then Khushal Khan Khattak. It was used as an exercise in preparation for war and is known as the only sword dance.

Bhangra Dance

Bhangra Dance

Bhangra is a type of traditional Punjabi folk dance originating from the Sialkot district of Punjab, Pakistan. This happens during the harvest season. According to the 2001 manual, bhangra is mainly associated with the spring festival of Vaisakhi.

If you are a regular reader of this blog series, then you must remember that while covering the cultural dance of India, we've covered Bhangra Dance in detail. You may find it in the 6th episode of this blog series.

Cultural Dance of Palestine

Dabke Dance

Dabke Dance

Dabke is a Levantine Arabic folk dance. Dabke combines circle dancing and line dancing and is widely practiced at weddings and other festive occasions. Not only in Palestine but also in Jordan it is considered a cultural dance. You may search for this dance in the 7th episode of this blog series.

Cultural Dance of Panama

Tamborito Dance

Tamborito Dance

El Tamborito, literally translated as "the little drum", is a type of Panamanian folk music and dance that dates back to the 17th century. The dance is a romantic couple dance, often including a small drum group, and in all versions; a women's choir. Tamboretto is performed in formal dance costumes in front of large interactive crowds that form a large circle around the performers. This dance is most common during Panama festivals and Panama Carnival.

Cultural Dance of Papua New Guinea

Sing-Sing Dance

Sing-Sing Dance

Sing-sing is a gathering of some tribes or villages in Papua New Guinea. People come to show off their distinctive culture, dance, and music. These meetings aim to exchange traditions in peace because each island has its dance. The villagers paint and decorate themselves for the song they only have once a year.

Cultural Dance of Paraguay

Paraguayan Bottle Dance

Paraguayan Bottle Dance

The Paraguayan bottle dance is a traditional Paraguayan folk dance in which performers dance while balancing glass bottles on their heads. Bottle dance shows with female dancers dressed in 19th-century country dance apparel. Performances are usually accompanied by Paraguayan polka music. The dance can be performed by individuals, pairs, or groups, with each dancer balancing one or two bottles, but more advanced dancers may balance ten or more bottles on their heads. Interesting!

Cultural Dance of Peru

Marinera Dance

Marinera Dance

Marinera is a courtship dance native to the coastal regions of Peru that use handkerchiefs as props. The dance is a mixture of Spanish contredanza and Andean zamaqueca and is a stylized recreation of courtship, showing the mixing of different Peruvian cultures. The Marinera Festival, a cultural event dedicated to Marinera in Trujillo, has hosted annual dance competitions since 1960. In 2012, the Peruvian Congress celebrated October 7 nationwide as Marinera Remembrance Day.

Cultural Dance of the Philippines

Cariñosa Dance

Cariñosa Dance

La carinosa (loving or passionate) is a colonial era Philippine dance of the Maria Clara group of Philippine folk dances in which the fan or handkerchief plays an essential role as it places the couple in a romantic scenario.

Tinikling Dance

Tinikling Dance

Tinikling is a traditional Philippine folk dance that originated during the Spanish colonial era. The dance consists of two or more people banging, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers moving between the poles in a dance. It is traditionally danced to rondalla music, a type of chant played by a group of stringed instruments that originated in Spain in the Middle Ages.

Cultural Dance of Poland

Krakowiak Dance

Krakowiak Dance

Krakowiak or Cracovienne is a fast-paced, synchronized Polish folk dance in double measure from the region of Krakow and Lesser Poland. The folk dance outfit worn while dancing became Poland's national costume, specifically the rugatioka hat with peacock feathers.

Kujawiak Dance

Kujawiak Dance

Kujawiak is a Polish folk dance from the Kujawik region of central Poland. It is one of Poland's five national dances, the others being the krakowiak, the mazur, the oberek, and the polonaise. The dance typically consists of couples walking gracefully to a quarter-note rhythm, on slightly bent knees, with a relaxed twist, around a circle.

Mazur Dance

Mazur Dance

Mazur or Mazurka is a Polish musical form based on stylized three-meter folk dances, usually with a lively rhythm, with a character mainly defined by "strong accents placed irregularly on the second or third beat". The mazurka and the polkabecame popular in European ballrooms and salons in the 19th century.

Oberek Dance

Oberek Dance

The park, also called Roberts or ober, is a lively Polish dance. The name is derived from the Polish obracać się ("turning"). It consists of many dance lifts and jumps. It is performed much faster than the Polish waltz and is one of Poland's national dances. The price is the second most popular dance in Polish-American music, after the polka.

Polka dance is considered a cultural dance of the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. World Dance Apparel covered this dance in previous episodes. You may find it in the 3rd and 7th episodes of this blog series.

Polonaise Dance

Polonaise Dance

The Polonaise is a dance of Polish origin and has a rhythm very close to the Swedish sixteenth note or polska sixteenth. It is a common dance at carnival parties. The Polonaise is always the first dance of a studniówka (student dance), the Polish equivalent of a ball held about 100 days before exams. Amazing!

Cultural Dance of Portugal

Vira Dance

Vira Dance

Vira is a traditional dance from Portugal. It is most popular in the Minho region but is practiced in all regions. It has a three-beat rhythm very similar to a waltz, but it is faster and the couples dance facing each other without holding hands. Do you want to know about the Waltz dance? It is a cultural dance of Austria and we covered it in detail in our 1st episode of the cultural dance series. Must read!

Cultural Dance of Puerto Rico

Danza Dance

Danza Dance

Danza is a genre of music that originated in Ponce, a city in southern Puerto Rico. By using ballroom costumes, it is a ballroom dance genre that was popular in the early 20th century, somewhat similar to a waltz. The Danza and its cousin the contradanza are chain dances performed in a pattern, usually of squares, to instrumental music. Music and dance were decorated because the composers consciously tried to incorporate African and European ideas since many people were Creole, born in the Caribbean.

Bomba Dance

Bomba Dance

Bomba is a traditional dance and music style from Puerto Rico. It has its origins in the island's African slavery history, but today has become a common expression of Puerto Rican culture. Although Bomba can be used as a collective term for several rhythms, it is really about a creative and interactive relationship between dancers, percussionists, and singers. Today it is practiced as a community activity in the centers of origin in Luisa, Santurce, Mayaguez, and Ponce. In addition, Puerto Rican immigrants brought this tradition to parts of the mainland United States.

Last Words

We hope, as usual, the old episodes you also enjoyed this new episode and explored something that you haven't read before. Umm am I, Right? Share your feedback with us and tell us which episode is your favorite in the cultural dance trends blog series :) Soon we'll appear in the 10th episode and together, we'll explore the cultural dance of different countries.

Oh, wait a minute! Did you miss any previous episodes? Find it from the links below. Additionally, if you want to buy any type of dance costume, visit our online dance costume store or contact World Dance Apparel if you have any concerns!

Cultural Dance Series - Previous Episodes Links

Episode 1 – Link: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/learn/cultural-dance-trends-series-episode-1

Episode 2 – Link: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/learn/cultural-dance-trends-series-episode-2

Episode 3 – Link: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/learn/cultural-dance-trends-series-episode-3  

Episode 4 – Link: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/learn/cultural-dance-trends-episode-4  

Episode 5 – Link: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/learn/cultural-dance-trends-episode-5  

Episode 6 – Link: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/learn/cultural-dance-trends-episode-6  

Episode 7 – Link: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/learn/cultural-dance-trends-episode-7  

Episode 8 - Link: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/learn/cultural-dance-trends-episode-8