There is a long
tradition of Basque dance that originated as a way to pay
tribute or convey reverence. Some of these have been
adapted nowadays to add a special Basque touch at weddings or
There is no "one" way of
dancing a tribute, but there is a right way and a wrong
DIFFERENT VARIATIONS. Instead of just one there
are several variations that are used today at weddings,
formal events, etc. [see links below].
RIGHT vs. WRONG WAY.
While a Basque dance can add a nice touch, it needs to
have a proper context. And while there are several
variations and different events that might call for such
a dance, some people today invent things--with little or
no regard for context--and pass it off as being Basque.
So we return to a basic precept: if you are
going to break the rules, at least know the rules.
The following links below are some popular
versions of Basque dances that are used at weddings,
funerals, tributes, formal events, etc. Good luck
Variation on regular is the insertion of two twirl
Agurra (neskari agurra)
Variation on regular is no turns, so as not to turn
back on honored person(s)
CONTEXT. Many a Basque dance has as its origin a ritual
foundation: a dance that is performed as a tribute or in
reverence. There are numerous examples of these
tribute/reverence dances including:
"Kontrapas de San Miquel" from the feast of Corpus Christi in
the Basque town of Oņati, Gipuzkoa.
In Zumarraga (Gipuzkoa) dancers escort a statue of Mary for the
In Lanestosa (Bizkaia) dancers escort a statue of Mary through
the streets of the town.
Ezpata dantza (Sword dance of Gipuzkoa) is oftentimes performed
From the dance tradition of
Gipuzkoa the Agurra or Erreberentzia portion has been take from
the Gizon (soka) dantza and adapted for weddings and tributes:
And in Bizkaia too, the Banango zaharra segment has been taken
from the Erregelak or Aurresku and adapted for weddings and
Another popular feature is the
creation of an honor guard of sorts: