Online course | Let’s dance cueca!

19 de October de 2021

Casa Museo Eduardo Frei Montalva invites you to this course to learn the steps and basic structure of the cueca in its two most popular forms: traditional cueca and cueca chora. So, you can shine in the celebration of these Fiestas Patrias, without forgetting the protocols for a well-danced and responsible cueca.

September 2021- Did you know that the cueca is danced from Colombia, through Peru and Bolivia, to Argentina and Chile, and has different varieties, both rhythm and choreography? Even though this unclear origin, Chileans have made the cueca our own and adapted it as typical dance, so much so that since September 1979 this dance is officially the national dance. However, this does not imply that we all know how to dance it. To teach some of the key to the traditional “paseo” and “zapateo”, Casa Museo Eduardo Frei Montalva launches for the fourth consecutive years its successful free cueca course, aimed to people over 15 years of age.

A couple dancing cueca, Parque Cousiño, 1964

This time, those interested will learn in two days, the two different varieties: traditional cueca and cueca chora. On September 15th and 16th , from 18.00 to 19.00 hours, online through Zoom platform.

This activity will be led by Camilo González Pasten, President of Centro Cultural Ballet Folclórico de Norte a Sur and Artistic Director of the Compañía de Norte a Sur. The purpose is for the participants to learn the steps and structure of the national dance, so they can freely apply them during Fiestas Patrias and throughout year. No previous knowledge is required. Participants only need to have a handkerchief and wear comfortable clothes and shoes and can follow it online from the Zoom platform.

For Camilo González, who will teach the classes: “it is important to learn cueca, due to traditional dances are the expression of cultures. Although cueca is not typical Chilean, it marked a difference, making it very authentic. Teaching cueca not only leads to manage the technical and practical aspects of this dance, but it also leads us precisely to cultivate our roots with our closest ones, in other words, a moment of union that is increasingly valued, especially in these times. The celebration of our Fiesta Patrias brings a whole country together without distinction of political colors, beliefs, ethnicities, etc., so it plays a really important role.”

On the other hand, Maite Gallego, Deputy Director of Casa Museo EFM, confirms what Camilo says: “In recent times Chileans have had to overcome several health and social difficulties, and with this entertaining, dynamic, and much-loved cueca course that we have been holding for four years, we want to give them, as a museum, a little fun, and support of course our emblematic national dance”.

The cueca course is part of the outreach activities organized by Casa Museo Eduardo Frei Montalva, National Monument (2005), a cultural, historical and heritage space that preserves a collection of 350 heritage objects that belonged to Eduardo Frei Montalva and his family, in the context of the house where they lived for more than 40 years.


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