Let's start a joint dance group, that brings together young
people from various California communities. The group
Hartza (Basque for "Bear" based on the California flag
symbol) will perform at several Basque festivals, including the
NABO Convention at Jaialdi 2010 in Boise, Idaho.
We Basque dance
because we like the dances, but also dance because we like the
company and making friends. This opportunity, therefore,
will be to learn some new dances (including the Baztan dances of
Nafarroa) and to meet dancers from other communities. The
tentative name of the group is Hartza which is Basque for bear,
based on the California flag symbol, the mythical role of the
bear in traditional Basque culture, and the word sounds good in Basque.
This is an open
invitation to all--men and women--to participate in this group
that will perform together at several Basque festivals and the
NABO Convention at Jaialdi 2010.
||In addition to the
"mutil dantzak" of Baztan, the aim is to also teach some
of the ingurutxu or circle dances of Nafarroa.
There will be several occasions where workshops will be
organized, including hopefully with some instructors from the
Basque Country. These workshops will be supplemented by
online video clips allowing dancers to work individually at
This group will also
be a great opportunity to meet some new people and make some
friends. It'll be fun!
the bear is now gone from the Basque Country, it remains
a mythical figure in traditional Basque culture, likely
because of its power and winter hibernation (when it
would seemingly re-emerge in the Springtime.
We have Basques here
from all parts of the Basque Country, but the dances from the
Baztan region of Nafarroa have been under-represented (i.e., not
performed very much). This group will take these dances as
a starting point.
Baztango mutil dantzariak