International Dance Council

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List Of Dances

Diablada Bolivia

Morenada Bolivia



(source : Internet)



The Oruro “Diablada” (Devil Dance) dances belong to “masked” most popular of the Bolivian highlands. It is interpreted as the start of the carnival or in processions in honor of a saint “fraternities”, groups that incorporate, in some cases, several hundred participants. Moreover, this dance is understood as “the victory of good over evil.” All the creation myths of Oruro diablada reference samples and there are paintings that allude to the dance from the time of pre-Columbian America.


Focusing on both how dancers prepare for performances of la morenada in a local patron saint fiesta as well as a particular dancer’s interpretation of her experiences, it demonstrates how the legitimacy of enacting religion provides a means by which to challenge multiple material and symbolic exclusions from national Argentine society

Bolivia, Peru UNESCO, VIDEO


The origin of la “Morenada” is highly contested between Bolivia and Perú, with both having celebrations recognized by the UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage In both countries.


A theory commonly shared says that the dance was inspired by the sufferings of the African slaves brought to Bolivia in order to work in the Silver Mines of Potosí.

(carnaval de Ouro)
credit : Trans Americas Journey

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