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Land of winds > Rhythms and styles > Dance | Issue 01. Jul.-Aug.2010
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Huayno

As many other Andean dances, the huayno shares its name with a musical rhythm (see). The first references to this dance appear in such old works as the Quechua dictionary by Diego González Holguín (1607). Even though it has been spread throughout the Andes, its origins lie in Bolivia and Peru, and just a few regional adaptations can be found in Argentina, Chile and Ecuador. In general, it is a single pair-dancing (consisting of a man and a woman, with little physical contact between them), though sometimes the huayno can also be performed in community by several pairs forming rings and including different figures (arches, rows, etc.). Dancers do not have to wear any particular type of clothes, and the dance can be enjoyed and performed at any time of the year.
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Video 01. Peruvian huayno.
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