Cueca




This rhythm is a lively form with a relatively strict structure, which may also be accompanied by a couples' courting dance. The origins of the dance are perhaps linked to the Spanish "seguidilla" and the actual form of the dance resembles the modern spanish "Sevillana", complete with the four phases of the courtship: the Meeting, the Seduction, the Dispute, and the Reconciliation. Also in a three or six beat format, the underlying accents are similar but not quite the same as in the Bailecito. There is, however a closer semblance to the "chacarera". The cueca has a number of regional variants from Bolivia and Chile, however the most commonly found is variant from western Argentina.
Cueca Boliviana Every region in Bolivia is characterized by the music and dance which reflects the department´s tipical spirit: In Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz and Tarija Cueca and Bailecito belong to the most representative dances.However, the Cueca has been transformed into a national dance important for the traditional folklore of the whole country. Rhythm slightly changes according to the region and so there exists a cueca cochbambina, chuquisaquena, pacena and chapaca which also show diferences in speed.
The piquaresque creole dance rose during the republic period, at the same time as a popular and an elegant salon dance. It is danced in couples and a very important part of the choreografy is the language of the handkerchieves used in a game of seduction and provocation. The Cueca consists in three parts: introduction, Quimba and Jaleo