Friday, August 29, 2014

Martinique Folk Dancers




Whenever I visit the Caribbean, witnessing local dance and music is always a priority. The essence of the people and culture are reflected in the music and movements so I was thrilled to witness the vibrant dancing of members of Le Grand Ballet De La Martinique. Gracing the lobby of  Hotel La Pagerie in Trois- Illets, the wave of rhythm, color and spirit took over everyone present. The dancers creole dress uses the bright madras pattern brought from India when indentured servants from India immigrated to the region after the abolition of slavery. The points on the hats represent the wearer's social status, one for free, two for engaged, three for married and four for anything goes! The drummers and musicians are pounding out a traditional Bele' rhythm, which traces directly to West Africa. The charm and energy of the twirls and steps can be witnessed all over the island, in Martinican's stylish and fun-loving attitudes.

8 comments:

Catherine said...

great combination of colour, culture, costumes.... I used to love seeing all the different styles of folk dancing in Mexico...Greetings from Nice!

Fly Girl said...

Catherine, isn't it great? Seeing traditional dance is one of my favorite things. Mexican Folclorico is amazing as well.

TexWisGirl said...

neat!

Fly Girl said...

Tex, I just love the vibrant energy of these dancers.

Sandy Carlson said...

The energy and the warmth--beautiful.

Fly Girl said...

Sandy, it was a really contagious energy! I was so happy watching them.

Andrew said...

Really beautiful. Thanks for posting this one, Rosalind!

Fly Girl said...

Andrew, I hope you felt the spirit of these dancers the way that I did!