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November 28, 2017

The sardana is a type of circle dance typical of Catalan culture. The dance was originally from the Empordà region, but started gaining popularity throughout Catalonia during the 20th century.

There are two main types, the original sardana curta (short sardana) style and the more modern sardana llarga (long sardana), which is more popular. Other more unusual sardanes are the sardana de lluïment and the sardana revessa.

sardanasAs a relatively slow, non-performance dance, the sardana does not require special fitness. The dance circle can be opened to a highly variable number of dancers. When danced in the streets and town squares, small circles of dancers can be seen to form and grow: these are open circles called rotllanes obertes, and passers-by can join, leaving their bags in the center of the circle. The dancers are alternate men and women – with the man’s partner on his right – and care must be taken by those joining not to split partners. Another kind of circle may be formed by members of organised sardana clubs called colles, and each colla may wear its own costume.

In order to dance sardanes comfortably the footwear must be flexible enough to allow the dancer to jump slightly when the llargs come. Traditionally sardanistes wear special dancing shoes called espardenyes made of esparto grass fabric and with two long fabric strips to tie them up around the ankle. Nowadays most people have replaced these with regular trainers.

Casa dels Entremesos will be offering public classes for dancing the sardana, every Saturday of the year that does not fall on a public holiday (from January to June and from September to December). The classes will be given from 12 pm to 1.30 pm in the Sardanista Iris Group’s sardanas classroom.


When: Every Saturday except holidays, from 12 to 1 pm

Price:  Free entrance, but with prior registration ( or or calling to 670010502 / 93210410)

Address: Pl. Beates, 2, 08003 Barcelona

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