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  • Marinera Dance with Peruvian Paso Horses

    One of the origin theories behind Marinera dance is the story of a soldier who, when riding through a village in coastal Peru, noticed a beautiful young woman. The soldier’s flirtation with her from astride his horse is reflected in the Marinera with Peruvian Paso horses. Known for their delicate and unique steps, the Paso “dances” while the woman mimics its movements.

    On June 27, the Wilde family from Gainesville, Virginia, brought their Peruvian Paso horses to the Folklife Festival to demonstrate the dance along with performers from the Marinera Viva!!! ensemble.

    Filmography: Pruitt Allen, David Barnes, Gabrielle Robinson-Tillenburg
    Editing: Courtney Adkisson

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