Allegro preserves Italian dance traditions

Aug 10, 2019 441

BY: Andy Gray

Italy’s 20 regions don’t all move to the same beat. Just as visitors will discover culinary differences traveling the country, the folk dances of Italy also change with the geography. The tarantella, probably the most familiar Italian dance, is not common in many regions.

“Dances from the north have more of a French, Swiss influence,” said Anna Harsh, founder of the Allegro Dance Company from Wheeling, W.Va. “In the southern regions, the dances get stronger. It feels heavier. The knees are more bent. It’s more challenging for the men, more fantastical movements to do. In the north, it’s almost ballroom dancing or square dancing.”

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