There are many genres of folkloric music and dance in Latin dance history, and people love them. Dancers like performing them, observers like watching them. They’re vibrant, impassioned… the costumes are brightly-colored, and usually, flowers and spectacle accompany these traditional dances. Heard of the Tamborito, a folkloric dance from Panama? If you follow television trends, you might witness the Tamborito on Dancing with the Stars. Look out for a rhythmic, percussive, and exuberant dance from Panama.
Dance, an art form that uses non-verbal communication, has always been the true love of my life. I am constantly inspired through art, music and other movement styles that help me reinvent myself as a choreographer. It’s humbling to watch the recent trend in television programming basing entire shows around dancers showcasing their amazing talents, and it’s exciting that they are further educating the world on the vast variations of dance and the cultures in which they were invented.
Panamanians are great music lovers, they like to dance, and they do both while celebrating national holidays, important events, and festivals. Folk dance is especially important to Panamanian culture. The Tamborito, Spanish for “the little drum,” is a dance with Spanish roots that was blended with Native American rhythms, themes and dance moves. It’s the national dance of Panama and is performed by both men and women wearing formal costumes. The dances are typically led by a female singer who is supported by rhythmic chorus clapping, adding life to the performances. The Tamborito is especially popular during the Panamanian Carnival, a national celebration that takes place between February and March.
Panama’s incredible cultural diversity and rich heritage entice visitors and expatriate homeowners alike to want to learn more. At Isla Palenque, it’s our goal to preserve the traditional cultural experiences of Panama while providing vacation homes with world-class resort amenities and services. Come to Panama, and you can take a dance class to learn how to move like the locals.
Are you ready to get your Tamborito on?