The Danza de las tijeras (scissors dance) is an original dance from the Southern part of the Andes. in Peru. where two or more dancers (danzak) dance. followed by their orchestras composed of a violin and harp. The dancers take turns dancing with explicit moves and very challenging steps. such as dancing on a single foot. This skillful dance which is also called the Galas (laijas) is originally from the Huancavelica region in the Peruvian highlands.
The scissor dancers are very skilled and need to be due to the physically demanding movements required for the actual dance steps. but to the Andean man it represents a complex ritual who. in a surge of force and elasticity. test their skills with the gymnastics-like jumping at the sound of a harp and a violin as they cut the air with a pair of scissors in each hand. The original dancers were supposed to be a kind of priest or witch doctor of sorts and danced for ritualistic purposes. these priests were very much respected among the communities that housed them.
The central instrument for the dance are these elaborated scissors of two independent metal plates measuring approximately 25 cm. and when the two plates are fused. they make a shape of a blunt-end scissor. The central locations with the highest influence regarding this dance are: Huacavelica. Ayacucho. Huancayo. Apurimac and Lima.
The Peruvian Highlands are a very magical place that is visited my thousands of tourists each year. Another great location within the majestic Andes Mountains is Cusco which is the access point for the Inca city of Machu Picchu. This Inca city is one of the newly appointed world wonders and holds some panoramic views of the surrounding mountainside.
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