Typical Panamanian Dances, Dance The Night Away
Panama Entertainment News - Panama, located on an Isthmus between continents, is blessed with a cultural mix unlike anywhere else! They have indigenous peoples, immigrants from the north and the south, and long time residents. These groups created a blend of languages, foods, and dances.
Costumes are one of the integral parts of the dance, as they symbolize a struggle between good and evil, specifically between devils dancing about a church and the parishioners taking communion.
Cumbia is another Panamanian dance. This one started by Africans and has spread throughout Latin America. The dance has different variations; the Panamanian one goes in a circle counterclockwise.
Another dance is El Punto, from Spain. It’s formal, elegant, and definitely romantic and flirty. The dance is considered folkloric.
Many folkloric dances are featured in shows and festivals throughout Panama City. These feature native indian instruments as well as both Spanish and Afro-Caribbean movements. Women where polleras, long skirts with elaborate designs along with shell combs in their hair. This style is believed to have entered Panama’s dance culture via gypsies in Peru who migrated to Panama.