What is the importance of Tarantella dance?

As the passage of time faded the legend’s mystique, the Tarantella eventually transformed from a cure to a deadly disease to a couple’s dance — either a man and woman, or two women — performed at wedding ceremonies and other celebrations. In fact, the Tarantella is now considered unlucky by some to be danced alone.

Why was the Tarantella dance created?

The tarantella’s origin is connected with tarantism, a disease or form of hysteria that appeared in Italy in the 15th to the 17th century and that was obscurely associated with the bite of the tarantula spider; victims seemingly were cured by frenzied dancing.

What is our national dance in Philippines?

One of the most popular folk dances in the Philippines is the Tinikling.

What does Tarantella mean in music?

A Tarantella is a very fast, feverish dance rhythm in 6/8 time that sets the pulse racing. A piece of music with this rhythm would likely alternate between major and minor.

Is Tarantella a courtship dance?

The dance originated in the Apulia region, and spread throughout the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The Neapolitan tarantella is a courtship dance performed by couples whose “rhythms, melodies, gestures, and accompanying songs are quite distinct” featuring faster more cheerful music.

What is the form of Tarantella?

The Tarantella is an upbeat Italian song and dance style characterized by light, quick steps, and tambourine-playing (note how we use wrist bells in class to mimic this!) The name “Tarantella” is believed to come from the disease “Tarantism” – a form of hysteria induced by the bite of a Tarantula spider.

When was Tarantella developed?

First recorded in the mid-14th century, the dance derives its name from the southern Italian town of Taranto. It originated as a manic response of field workers to the bite of a spider whose name is also related to Taranto — the tarantula.

Why is the Tarantella important to Italy?

Southern Italy serves as the birthplace for the folk dance known as the “Tarantella” originating as far back as the 16th and 17th centuries yet more prevalent during the Middle Ages/Renaissance. Primarily this dance form started off as a solo dance to cure disease yet transitioned into a dance of courtship years later.

Why is the Tarantella performed at weddings?

La Tarantella – In modern times this dance is performed as a way of wishing the couple good luck in their future together. It is a circle dance where the participants move in a clockwise direction until the music speeds up and then they reverse directions.


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