Culture - Dance

As with the musical genres described above, in Cape Verde people dance in the different styles of morna, coladeira and funaná, the three dances that are common to all Cape Verdeans, even in the diaspora.

However there are also other forms of dance that are equally prized and practiced, although these are sometimes more localised, such as the batuco, which is mainly rooted in Santiago, the colá, which is mostly seen in Boa Vista, in S. Vicente and in Santo Antão, or the talaia-baxo, the canizade or the rabolo, in Fogo, as well as the landum, in Boa Vista, the xotice or the European contradança, mazurka and polka.

Various dance groups have appeared, notably Raiz di Polón, whose choreographies have made an impact not just in Cape Verde, but also on the international stage.

As with the musical genres described above, in Cape Verde people dance in the different styles of morna, coladeira and funaná, the three dances that are common to all Cape Verdeans, even in the diaspora.

However there are also other forms of dance that are equally prized and practiced, although these are sometimes more localised, such as the batuco, which is mainly rooted in Santiago, the colá, which is mostly seen in Boa Vista, in S. Vicente and in Santo Antão, or the talaia-baxo, the canizade or the rabolo, in Fogo, as well as the landum, in Boa Vista, the xotice or the European contradança, mazurka and polka.

Various dance groups have appeared, notably Raiz di Polón, whose choreographies have made an impact not just in Cape Verde, but also on the international stage.

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