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     Land of winds > Rhythms and styles > Dance | Issue 18 (Mar.-Apr. 2014)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Chaya


Chaya

"La chaya" is an Argentine neo-folkloric dance, with music written by Alberto Castelar and lyrics and choreography by Juan de los Santos Amores. The score and the dance instructions for which it is intended were published in 1960 by Editorial Lago.

It is for a loose independent couple. It combines a basic step ("aire de gato", with handkerchiefs or castanets) and a waltz-like step ("aire de chaya"). This is not a popular dance; rather it is an exhibition dance, which is usually performed on the stage at popular festivals and celebrations by folkloric dance groups and schools.


Article. "La chaya". In Danzas Nativas y Tradicionales [es].


Video 01. "La chaya" (low quality).


Picture A.


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