El Salvador Folk Dance

img_0790Just a few summers again I visited El Salvador and I came across this dance at one of the elementary schools in a city in El Salvador called Appoa. This dance seemed very fun and inviting. The dancers consisted of young girls, who dressed so pretty and moved so fluently to the music. Everyone  crowed around just to clap and smile while watching these beautiful young women express themselves. After watching the performance i was curios to know what was the name of this dance and if there was a meaning behind it. The culture of El Salvador is similar to many countries in Latin America. El Salvador’s has its very own folk dance, known as Xuc which originated in Cojutepeque, Cuscatlan. The Xuc (pronounced Suc) is a typical dance of El Salvador, which was created by Paquito Palaviccini. Xuc name comes from a Salvadoran instrument called “JUCO” a wind instrument typical of El Salvador.  It was only in 1958, 16 years after the creation of Xuc, when the first choreography was created. The assembly was choreographed by a dancer in the group of Salvadoran Morena Celarie dance and became part of the festivities at the famous Carnival of San Miguel” (Xuc). The dancers are typically girls an women. They usually dressing big color dresses with flowers in their hair. Similar to the Mexican tradition dance folklorico.