The Mexican Corrido is a true folk ballad. Historically this form descended from the Spanish romance which flourished most brilliantly during the 14th and 15th centuries in Spain. The earliest Mexican example that bears a date was issued in Mexico City on August 19, 1684. The music for secular folk dances is in the form of songs. This dance, Corrido, has developed from the ballad form. Three characteristic steps are noted in this dance: “soldado,” a soldier style of dancing from the revolutionary days; a dipping step commonly called the “grapevine;” and a typical sideward step-close. Avis Landis, a member of the Research Committee of the Folk Dance Federation of California, introduced this dance to the Federation. Avis, who has been an active dancer and leader in the local Mexican colony in Oakland, danced Corrido in various parts of Mexico.

Presented by Bruce Mitchell in 2012. View the pdf here.