M. Anne Sweet

Isla de Cuba Folkloric Tour
2002-03

Los Munequitos de Mantanzas One of the dancers for an internationally known group from Cuba, Los Muñequitos de Mantanzas. We saw this performance in their studio space in Mantanzas. Like most of the performances we saw, the performance was put on just for our group. Unlike most of the other groups we saw, Muñequitos is considered professional. The other folkloric groups we saw were very skilled non-professionals who are dedicated to preserving their dance, music and traditions.

Many of the dances are very sensuous and it is not uncommon for them to have sexual references. This photo is from a playful dance in which the woman protects herself at the appropriate moment from being "vaccinated" by the man's kicks and other playful moves.


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