Even though this place is called the Dance Party, I'm not a dancer. I play in the band so I don't have to dance. I'm simply too self-conscious to move in the manner required by most dances. However, there is a lot of dancing at camp here in Panamá, and dancing is one of the Traditions being shared at Raices.
Since several cultures were represented, we had several kinds of dances. Young people from all the different cultures participated; American indigenous, Afroantillano, Latinos, and estadounidense all learned and performed in mixed groups. (When I use the word "American" I am referring to peoples of Central America, South America, and North America. I do not use the word to refer to one nation in North America. That would be like calling the French "Europeans" to the exclusion of everyone else in Europe). The Dancers made their own costumes. What a talented bunch!
First, the American indigenous dances. The teachers explain the dance that will be performed.
The group dances!
Then, a dance from Africa
A Panamanian Típico dance
A Salvadoran Dance (or at least that's what the Trippies told me. It's definitely not Panamanian)
The Bishop busts a move