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Basque dancing for weddings & tributes

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 formal events.  

There is no "one" way of dancing a tribute, but there is a right way and a wrong way:

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 and enjoy!
 

BIZKAIA VERSION:
Banango zaharra: 
Variation on regular is the insertion of two twirl steps

Video: http://www.youtube.com

Music: Banango zaharra
 
GIPUZKOA VERSION:
Agurra (neskari agurra)
Variation on regular is no turns, so as not to turn back on honored person(s)

Video: http://www.youtube.com

Music:  Agurra 

Option 3:
Aurresku (Bizkaia)


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 annual celebration.


In Lanestosa (Bizkaia) dancers escort a statue of Mary through the streets of the town.


Ezpata dantza (Sword dance of Gipuzkoa) is oftentimes performed in churches.

 

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 tributes.

Another popular feature is the creation of an honor guard of sorts: