Joropo


The joropo is a type of dance of a characteristic and traditional music of the Venezuelan nation, which identifies it in the international arena; Previously, the party that was celebrated in the Venezuelan plains was called joropo, where it was the only way to celebrate and wake up together with those closest or acquaintances. The origin of this modality dates back to approximately the 1700s, when the population of Venezuelan peasants preferred to call “joropo” instead of “fandango” to the parties and meetings they had with their friends and family; This was because fandango was a term used by the Spanish to refer to their parties where they sang and danced the most popular flamenco songs from their land.

Thus, the joropo is a Venezuelan version of the fandango but only in the party sense, since in terms of dance it abandoned all its representation to give the public a show with the change of hands and turns of the waltz that can be seen in the joropo, tradition that has been preserved over the years. If the joropo is carefully observed, it will be possible to realize that it is a music made of pure miscegenation, as is the Venezuelan land; the European identity is manifested in the type of melody since it is accompanied by the harp and the cuatro, which are instruments originating in that region, as well as the method of verses comes from the Spanish custom, for its part the maracas represent the stamp of the indigenous owner of the marvelous Venezuelan lands.

The joropo dance is humorous, it amuses those who dance it as well as those who observe it, depending on the Venezuelan region, different steps and characteristic figures of this dance are developed. The most essential steps in the joropo are: Valsiao where they go around the track like a kind of waltz but faster and going around in a spiral, escobillao where they brush movements to the ground where they step one in front of the other, finally the zapatiao which is a purely manly step in which he seeks to imitate the gallop of the horse.