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The Sciliano dance

The Siciliano is a slow, graceful dance that originated in Sicily, during the 1600s. It is a pastorale dance. A pastorale dance is one that was originally danced by shepherds, famers and rural peasants to traditional shepherd's music that was played on flutes and harps. In later years, this dance was so popular, that many composers, including Rachmaninoff wrote music expressly for it.

This dance is a graceful dance, often danced by lovers and by couples at weddings. It is sometimes chosen as the father daughter dance at a wedding, but more often it is the first dance of the new husband and wife. It is often still danced to flute music. The flutes are sometimes accompanied by a tambourine. This dance is unique because it can be danced as a solo by male or female dancers, but is most often performed as a couples dance. The Siciliano is currently taught in ballroom dance classes and is often performed at ballroom dance competitions.

This Siciliano is danced in six beat or twelve beat time. This means there are six or twelve beats in each bar of music. When performed to certain music, this dance may resemble a slow jig. Partners begin this dance by standing several feet apart on the dance floor and circling each other briefly, before coming together. The man then leads his partners in a series of steps that bring the couple together, then separate them at arm's length and then bring them together again. Throughout the dance the couple dances close together, then separate, but still holding hands and repeats this pattern until the end of the music. The same basic steps are used during these patterns. Couples may also incorporate turns, where both couples perform the turn or where the man stands still and leads his partner in a turn.

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The Siciliano is a slow, graceful dance that originated in Sicily, during the 1600s. It is a pastorale dance. A pastorale dance is one that was originally danced by shepherds, famers and rural peasants to traditional shepherd's music that was played on flutes and harps. In later years, this dance...

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