Portugal

Malhao

This couple dance is from Vila Nova de Gaia in northwest Portugal. I t has been danced for more than 100 years. It was first taught by Louise and Germain Hebert, Yves Moreau and Marianne Taylor.
Pronunciation:  mah-YEOW
Music:  2/4 meter  Dances of Portugal, Track #1
Formation:  Partners face each other in contra lines.

Presented by Andy Taylor-Blenis in 2011. View pdf here.

 

Vira Cruzada

Vira Cruzada is a Portuguese dance from Santa Marla de Portuzelo, Viana do Castello. This lively dance for two couples was presented in 1963 at Stockton Folk Dance Camp by Madelynne Greene, who learned it from the Grupo Folklorico de Santa Maria de Portuzuelo.
Pronunciation:  VEE-rah Croo-ZAH-dah
Music:  6/8 meter (fast waltz)  Dances of Portugal, Track #6

Presented by Andy Taylor-Blenis in 2011. View pdf here.

Vira Do Sitio

A Portuguese couple dance from Nazare. Marianne Taylor learned this from Madelynne Green, who learned this dance in Portugal.
Pronunciation:  VEER-ah doh SEE-tee-oh
Music:  3/4  Dances of Portugal, Track #8
Formation:  A circle of couples, in groups of two working together, men with their backs to the
center facing their partners.

Presented by Andy Taylor-Blenis in 2011. View pdf here.