Chilean dancers Los Andes

Los Andes dancers are a combination of Chilean dancers from different folkloric dance groups, mainly Manquehue Chilean Folk Dance Group Inc. and Baila Chile Inc. The dancers are situated in the capital of Australia, Canberra. The majority of the dancers have at least 20 years experience and have performed in a number of cultural events. The dancers were selected from the Chilean community in Australia and will be representing Chile at the Hue Festival , Vietnam.

     The dancers are Cristian Meza, Francisco Meza, Andy Jauregui, Alejandro Laurel, Lorena Kanellopoulos, Nevenka Canelo, Andrea Aranguiz and Marlene Grimmett. The dance coordinators for the group are Cristian Meza and Lorena Kanellopoulos.
     Chile, is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast , Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chile stretches over 4,300 km (2,700ml) along the southwestern coast of South America, and its width 240km (150ml), marking  the country more than eighteen times longer than its widest point. Population of Chile is currently 10 million. Chile declared its independence from Spain on 18 September 1818.
     If art is the expression of a people' culture, ritual movements and dancing set that culture in motion. Chilean manifest their character; they celebrate ancestral rituals, and revel through popular and folk dancing. In the north they they celebrate the Fiesta de La Tirana; in the south it may be the nguillatún, a Mapuche ritual; on Easter island it will be the sau sau, their popular dance song, and throughout the country, the national dance called La Cueca.
     Los Andes will be performing dances from central Chile. These dances are typical folkloric dances. The dance that is always presented at cultural events is the national dance called 'La Cueca'. The dance is a story of a man pursuing a woman who plays coy hiding behind her handkerchief. You will see the dance performed at every important festival in Chile, and especially on the Chilean National Day on the 18th of September. Dancers dress in the traditional costumes of the Chilean huaso and wave their white handkerchiefs in the air. The beauty about this dance , it doesn't matter in which country you are in, if you are Chilean you will know the Cueca, this dance is still being handed down from generation to generation.
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