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Toro Bravo Festival. Baile — the Dance.


   Sep 27

Toro Bravo Festival. Baile — the Dance.

The official portion cleared and all dignitaries present the festivities began with introduction dance of the Princesses.

Princesses intro dance

Intro dance of Princesses

Once the princesses seated upfront facing the folks the Queen takes the stage by greeting everyone with her dance.

Queen greeting dance

Intro dance of the Queen. Right-click/Save As to download the video -- 200Mb

Introductions done and actors in place the program starts with the Queen’s courting dance with a partner.

Queen courting dance

Courting dance of the Queen. Right-click/Save As to download the video -- 150Mb

The program continues under the watchful eye of the Queen and Princesses.

The program continues

The program continues. Click for better picture.

The local folk dance group takes the stage.

Local folk dance group

The local folk dance group takes stage. Click for better picture.

Several elaborate dances follow each other. It is amazing that the society can get young people, specifically boys interested in folk dance.

Elaborate folk dance

Elaborate folk dance. Click for better picture.

Great performance of the local group leads to crowning of the new Queen.

Crowing of new Queen

Crowning of new Queen. Click for better picture.

The program continues with performances of folk dance groups from neighboring villages.

Neighbor's group dancing

Neighbor village group. Click for better picture.

Folk dance groups follow each other in great performance.

Neighbor's group dancing

Another neighbor village group. Click for better picture.

All these complex attires and jewelery are made by parents — must be love of their culture.

Love of culture

Cloths and jewelery hand made by parents attest love of their culture. Click for better picture.

For young people folk dance is fun, it shows. Must be the love of their unique culture is passed from parents to the children.

Folk dance fun

Folk dance is fun for young generation. Click for better picture.

Typical to Panama gatherings children of all ages always participate.

All ages present

Children are always present on festivities. Click for better picture.

The folk dance program complete, the folk band takes the stage.

Folk band

Folk band takes the stage. Click for better picture.

Everyone dances with the folk band. Even we did.

Everyone dances

Everyone dances. Click for better picture.

The band taking a brake, young generation learns the trade.

Passing the culture

Folk culture passed from generation to next. Click for better picture.

And with little bit of help takes care of the music.

Little help for music

Music comes with little help. Click for better picture.

What an emotional drummer!

An emotional drummer

An emotional drummer. Click for better picture.

Then the beast shows up.

I am the beast

I am the beast. Click for better picture.

The dance of the beast.

The beast dancing

The beast dancing. Click for better picture.

“Anyone dears to dance with me?”

Challenge the beast

Challenge the beast. Click for better picture.

You know what comes next — the dance of the beauty and the beast, of course.

Beauty and the beast

Beauty and the beast dance. Click for better picture.

The future lady wondering “Could I be the beauty too?”

Future beauty

Next time I will be the beauty! Click for better picture.

It is getting late and some are tired.

Nap time

Getting tired, time for a nap Click for better picture.

After a few minute nap ready for serious encounter. The beast — hmm, let me think.

Let me think

Am I afraid of the beast? Click for better picture.

“Nah, I am not afraid of him!”

Not afraid of the beast

I am not afraid of the beast. Click for better picture.

The program is over, but not everyone is ready to leave.

Want to dance

I want to dance. Click for better picture.

“Come on, dance with me!”

Dance with me

Dance with me. Click for better picture.

“Mom says I have to go now, but promise you will dance with me next year!”

Dance with me next year

Promise. Click for better picture.

The festival is fun for everyone, young or old. Next year again. Meanwhile, the neighbor village festival is just few weekends away. The folk dance and band have promised to go, but everyone is invited. Panamanians like to have fun, and why not!

Before leaving the organizers broke a news to us. This years event was renamed to “First International Folk Festival of Toro Bravo”. That is because we participated. Now I really feel important!

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