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Vamos a Bailar: Let's Dance!

Dance forms an integral part of Latino cultures, occupying a special place as popular entertainment, in religious ceremonies, and as an expression of national pride. It is also vibrant and dynamic, shaped by the same processes of hybridization and transculturation that have continued to redefine culture, society, politics, and identity in the Americas since the colonial period.

In Spanish, "dance" is translated as both danza and baile. Technically, there is no difference between these terms, but in vernacular speech, danza often refers to ritual dance that is rooted in indigenous practice. During the process of colonization, danza gradually ...

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