Participating formations 2019

Ballet Folklórico Panamá Canta y Baila PANAMÁ

The National Ballet Panama Canta y Baila, is a clear exponent of Panamanian Folklore as a whole, having a rich and varied repertoire.

The Folk Music of Panama, has a miscegenation development, with Spanish, African and indigenous influence. In the traditional Panamanian song the saloma is inevitable, the use of maracas and flutes, denominated in the different regions as "whistles" that come from Panamanian Native Americans. The above, is not an obstacle to say that in the indigenous regions, his music is eminently of his lineage with few foreign influences. Panamanian folk music is usually binary in division 2/4 and 6/8. Normally the songs are performed with a single and uniform beat throughout its duration. However, it is also common for both bars to alternate in the same song, an identity characteristic of Panamanian music.

This sound and execution structure is directly linked to the musical rhythms of Bantu origin in Africa, present in many folkloric genres of Latin America, however in Panama it has the peculiarity that its instrumentation allows a more acute tone, through the use of the Churuca.

The Panamanian Point is a native musical genre of Panama that includes in its structure the melodic and choreographic form. It has a composition created specifically for the dance, performed by a single couple that shows off elegance, precision and grace. It is of pure Hispanic descent and it is considered, the most beautiful and elegant dance and musical genre of the entire Isthmus of Panama.

It is not an all-night dance like the tamborito and the Panamanian cumbia, the pindín and the marjoram. It is danced like an attractive demonstration between the minutes of the break of a dance performance, for the gift of the eyes and enjoy the spirit of the attendance to a party. If the couple shines, the crowd erupts in applause and there are even coins that roll on the floor, in their honor. Many times the musicians, enthusiastic, have paid their tribute to the remarkable dancers, "bending" the drums as they designate the act of bowing them in front of the lady's feet.