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The Villablanca International Dance Festival
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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 Seņora 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.






Villablanca (Huelva)

http://www.villablanca.es/

 

Villablanca International Dance Festival
August to September Spain
Festival Internacional de Danzas de Villablanca
Calle Real, 30 21590 Villablanca (Huelva)
Tel. +34 959340617 +34 959340229
 
http://www.festivalvillablanca.com
 
 E-mail: festvillablanca@yahoo.es
 
Since 1980 the town has remembered traditional Spanish shepherds dances