|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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