Jarana Yucateca

Jarana Dance on the Square
Jarana Dance on the Square

La Jarana is the typical dance of the Yucatan. It is danced to 3/4 or 6/8 timed music. In its strictest form, the dancers do not touch except an occasional hand hold. It is not a dance, but a style of dancing. The clothing used is typical of elegant yucatecan dress.

The city of Mérida has several weekly events where the jarana is highlighted. On Monday nights there is a show of just the jarana dance for an hour. We thought it was to start at 7:00, so we were downtown ready to go at that time. When we found out it did not start till 9:00, that put a damper on the evening. One of the ladies with our group had to take a few hundred pictures, so the wait did not seem that long. A little bit of ice cream helped pass the time as well.

David and Blanca
Blanca and Me
The lady in the picture with me is a Deaf friend who did a special presentation of jarana dance for us at the Deaf school this evening. She has gone to dance school to learn how to do the jarana. She just needs someone to tell her when the music starts (a particular song) and she dances along with the music and finishes right on cue.

After the festivities on the main square, we went to get my truck out of the parking garage. We got there and found out they closed at 9:00. I thought they closed at 10:00 or 10:30. Fortunately for us, there was a city worker going in to get a vehicle. This lot is used by the city. He took my money (and a bit extra) and said he would pay the parking lot in the morning for me. I think he probably will. Either way, I have my truck and I did not have to figure out which bus passes near my house.

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  1. Hi. I do some editing for Wikipedia. I was wondering whether you would give me permission to use your image of Jarana Yucateca (http://www.mythoughtspot.com/2006/09/04/jarana-yucateca/) for the purpose of illustrating the corresponding article in es.WP (http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jarana_yucateca). The only thing is that you should be aware of the fact that allowing this would put the photograph under the public domain and could be used again by others without restriction. I would appreciate your thoughts and authorization. Thank you.
    Rodolfo Menéndez.
    Mérida, Yucatán, México.

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