Activity:

Mexican Hat Dance

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What You Need:

  • Sombrero or other large brimmed hat decorated to look like a sombrero
  • A recording of the “Mexican Hat Dance” song
  • Players
  • Someone to play the music

What You Do:

  1. Place a sombrero in the middle of a spacious room where kids can dance.
  2. While the music plays, players dance around the sombrero in a circle, playfully stepping on the brim from time to time and clapping to the beat of the music.
  3. Every time the music stops, players must freeze. If a player is caught moving or with a foot on the sombrero, that person is eliminated.
  4. The object of the game is to be the last one dancing.
  5. The person who wins takes a turn playing the music.

“Jarabe Tapatio” was composed by a Mexican music professor in the 19th century and tells the story of love and courtship. The traditional Mexican Hat Dance can be performed by a couple or a group of couples, with the female, “la china,” wearing a China Poblana dress, and the male, “charro,” clad in a three-piece suit with pants that have silver buttons down the seam.

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