Departamento de Cultura y Política Lingüística

Dance: Traditional Dance in Euskal Herria

Diversity in traditional dance styles
Basic concepts


 Every culture has its own defendable character and traits, as well as universally established social connotations.

Traditions are preserved in spite of significant social change, and the younger generations are often involved in keeping traditions alive. Sacrifice and effort accompany everyone who, in one way or another, try to revitalise customs in each generation.

Traditional, popular, ritual, playful or religious folk dances surround us at every local festivity or private gathering. It is the manifestation of body movement and rhythm, generally represented to the beat of a specific melody.

Emilio Javier Dueñas