Boleadeira: a tool for hunting, one of the dances most demanding skill and pace
Boleadeira is a throwing weapon made of weights on the ends of cords, used to capture animals by entangling their legs.
The main use of boleadeira is to capture running cattle. The hunter swings it in circle before launching aiming the animal leg and entangles it. This weapon was used daily by gauchos becoming an icon on gaucho culture.
At our dancing show we use the boleadeira with only two weights, the dancer spin it hitting the ground according to the music and also dictating the rhythm. While the dancer moves through the stage he also performs a tap dance known as Malambo for the gauchos. The Bombo Leguero (an Argentinian instrument) gives an extra touch to the rhythm.
The Bombo Leguero is an instrument from Argentina, and it was introduced to gauchos on the beginning of the 19th century and till this day it remains as a traditional instrument.
At our show the dancer perform many different moves, spinning the boleadeira above his own head and even holding it with his teeth. The dancer depends on speed and precise movements to perform the dance and it must be done with caution because boleadeira can be deadly. The dance can also be performed setting fire or attaching lights to the boleadeiras.
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Dancing is one of the best cultural expressions, trough that idea Galpão Crioulo incentivizes our culture with dance performances.
The gaucho dance has its roots in many different countries, such as: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Uruguay and Argentina.