INTENSIVE WORKSHOP : ZAMBA & CHACARERA
Argentina has a variety of traditional dances covering its large territory. Among the many different types of Argentine folk music, the most well known in Buenos Aires are probably Chacarera, Chamame and Zamba.
Unlike Tango, CHACARERA is a choreographed dance, with only a few basic steps and variations that repeat several times. Chacarera is danced separately, there is no physical contact. But you stay in contact with your partner through the energy you share with the other person. Dancing is communication. The zapateo is like a floreo (flattery) that the man performs for the woman — an invitation - and the woman can choose to answer — or not — with a zarandeo because a zarandeo can be an insinuation, a response, or it can be a rejection.
In the ZAMBA this conversation is more noticeable. Zamba more than anything else is a dance between couples. The most distinctive aspect of zamba is the handkerchief that the partners twirl in the air, inviting and teasing each other with their movements. It is widely considered the most romantic of Argentine folk dances. In Argentina, zamba is the expression of romance: it’s the symbol of sweetness, the gentleness of love that is sublime, tender, and sensitive.