Southern Italian Groove
Many cultures have a dance of their own, whether it’s recent or it dates back a few centuries or so. For the U.S., such dances go in and out of style and many of them spread throughout the world. Alternatively in Italy, their dance called the “tarantella” is a local dance in the southern regions. The Tarantella is a lively partner dance filled with jumping and leg movements. It seems difficult at first but since it’s in counts of eight like most other dances, one can pick it up easily.
For me to learn the Tarantella dance, it was a fascinating experience, and a sweaty one too. Dancing outdoors in the Southern Italian humidity can be a challenge, especially with the amount of constant movement included, however it’s a blast if you’re willing to give it a shot. With the signature heavy velvet costumes of longer skirts for women and long stockings for men, only further proof is given that professional Tarantella dancers are heroes in the heat. Most of us students were exhausted after only one dance, but I honesty had a great time, and I can say without hesitation that I respect Tarantella dancers to a high degree.
– The above blog post was contributed by Angelica Bonanno, who studied abroad with ISA High School in 2015 in Sorrento, in the south of Italy. She participated in a Tarantella dance class as a cultural activity while she was abroad.