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From Cinderella to Princess of Cuba

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By Gerardo Ortega.

The dance called "Las Mariposas" was known in Cortés and La Grifa and extended to Las Martinas between 1794 and 1850. This manifestation, mimicking the French rondo or ballroom dance, musically transferred a syncretism of Walá-walá, Haitian song, and the dance, with a mixture of contradanza in zapateo and some movements of Afro influence, when the women opened their multicolored skirts, which justified the name of Las Mariposas Dance".

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The streets tell their story, it was a section of the Tertulia Pinareña by Gerardo Ortega. It emerged as a space in which Gerardo and Tata Negrín talked about the names that each street in the city has had throughout its history, the events of greatest connotation and the personalities that inhabited it or still live in one of its houses.

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By Gerardo Ortega.

In such a way the Cuban was characterized by the fun of the cockfight, from the very beginning, that each visitor to the Island when he wrote in his travel diary what was typical of us, referred to them; so, for example, it has happened since the middle of the nineteenth century, when Don Nicolás Tanco visits us, in January 1853.

 

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