Music Experience

“Dance the Tradition. A workshop on the Traditional Sicilian Dance.”

'The dance is a poem in which every word is a motion' (Mata Hari )

  • Participants min. 2, max 30
  • Investment 40,00 euro
    (Children 5,00 euro)
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Timetable 11:00 - 12:30
  • Location Palermo
Group of 8 persons: save 10%
About the experience "“Dance the Tradition. A workshop on the Traditional Sicilian Dance.”"

Traditional dances recount the story of a community and the social, economic and political dynamics of a given territory. Traditional dances cannot be reduced to simple choreographies, to a series of steps performed with certain postures. Rather, the dance symbolizes a way of thought, community attitudes, human relations and relationships, prayers expressed, the family dynamic, the strengthening of friendship, and at times represented the seasons and phases of work.


In Sicily there are still small areas in which varying traditional dance forms continue, diverse in form, origin and age. We pass from the most archaic, dances between couples of agro-pastoral typology, to the "ballettu", to the dances that established themselves on the continent between the end of the 18th century and later in the 1800s: the contradiction or quadrille. From the innumerable forms of Scottish dance, the waltz, the polkas, the mazurkas danced in pairs, in groups, to three, to 6, with and without change partners, that in Sicily have taken on unique local forms, varying from region to region.

At the weddings, the shearing, carnivals and other ritual events through dance and music, the community recognized itself, reconstituted itself. This meeting is a way to experience Sicilian music and dance away from the usual folkloristic stereotypes, to get to know a local culture through the fun and beauty of music and dance.

Program and information

The experience aims to illustrate some of the most significant and lively dances of the Sicilian folk tradition, from both a theoretical point of view (historical information on the origin of dances and their geographical spread, projection and audio-video material) and a practical, with technical instruction on the choreography.

The dances are those seen and lived in town squares, in courtyards, in alleys, during popular festivals.

Languages spoken by the local: Italian, English

Child age between 8 and 14 years



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