Typical Peruvian dances (part I).

Peru is a country of contrasts and of cultural wealth, where its traditions continue to be kept alive over the years. Dance, as an expression of their identity, is one of the most traditional practices in the festivals and ceremonies of each region. This is why we can find an infinity of typical Peruvian dances.

Northern Marinera

Dance as a couple where represents the conquest; on the one hand, the gallant gentleman who accompanies the woman while seducing her, and on the other, the woman who with intelligence and mischief lets herself fall in love. The origin of this dance is not yet known, however, the origin is attributed to a dance called zamacueca that enjoyed great popularity in the 19th century.

The Northern Marinera is one of the typical Peruvian dances of the north-central coast. So, if you travel to Trujillo (northern coast of Peru) in January, you can enjoy the famous National Marinera Contest that takes place every year since 1960 (Read more about Northern Marinera).


The Huaylas has its origin in the ancient shepherds of the mountain villages of Peru who danced for entertainment or inspired by love, in their harvests, … El Huaylas is one of the typical Peruvian dances present as heritage and tradition of the Center of the Andes.

The Huaylas is synonymous with party, since its music accompanies the dancers, who in pairs or in groups perform extremely agile movements, stomping and doing acrobatics.


Afro-Peruvian dance that is accompanied with music from the “cajón”, a Peruvian instrument that is made of wood with a hole in the center. The celebration is the dance representative of the black-Peruvian miscegenation valid throughout Peru, especially in Lima, Ica and Chincha.

As musicians, unequivocally associated with these beautiful typical Peruvian dances, we highlight: Arturo “Zambo” Cavero, Lucila Campos, Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Oscar Aviles, …

Scissors dance

Recognized by Unesco as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Scissors dance, represents the Peruvian folklore of the departments such as Huancavelica, Ayacucho and Apurímac; where each region presents its variants.

It is a dance practiced since antiquity, it was considered a diabolic dance; and those who used to practice it were called “supaypa wawan” meaning “the children of the devil”, this practice was punished and persecuted by the Christians of the colonial era.

Dance that is accompanied to the rhythm of the violin, harp and of course the sound of the scissors, puts to the test the physical and spiritual skill of the dancers who offer great resistance to various challenges, jumps and acrobatics really complex.

Dances of the jungle

The charm of the jungle is wonderful; its landscapes, its food and of course its dances, are traditions that do not go unnoticed.

The typical Peruvian dances of the jungle use diverse clothes and they are characterized because they represent local rituals like the one of the Ayuahuasca, that is inspired by the work of the curanderos or shamans, or for being war dances like Buri Buriti, a dance that allows them to be physically prepared to protect their lands and their people in times of adversity.

Huaconada of Mito dance

The Huaconada is a ritual dance belonging to the town of Mito, province of Concepción, department of Junín.

They are called Huacones the dancers who represent former judges who return to Mito once a year. These with their masks and whips resemble movements of the condor, evoking a mythical and severe justice. Villagers comment that at one time the Huacones became the only authority of the town and therefore punished thieves and adulterers with lashes.

During the dance, the Huacones emit curious roars and make calls to the individuals who should approach, embrace the Huacon, call him mayor and then receive a light whiplash.

This dance of respect and admiration was named by Unesco in 2012 as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

These are some of the typical Peruvian dances that you can enjoy knowing this wonderful country. Did you like it? Would you dare to dance them?

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