Peru is known for a number of art forms, one of which is the Danza de tijeras, or ‘Scissors Dance’. This dance form originates in the southern part of Andean region in Peru and involves 2 or more dancers dancing in frenzy. Sometimes they dance on just one foot and sometimes, they try other methods of dance moves. The dance form is becoming increasingly popular across the world and has often been spoken about as something that is uniquely Peruvian.
While to the outsiders the dance is all about skills, art and culture, for the Andeans it is more about a complex ritual. The dancers jump around with scissors, making the actions of cutting the air. It looks a little scary but is also very entertaining. Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Huancayo, Apurimac and Lima are some of the most popular places in Peru where this form of dance can be found. UNESCO just announced that the scissors dance meet the criteria for worldwide notice and recognition.
The artists wear clothes that are in multiple colors and carry menacing scissors while rhythmically gyrating to the Peruvian and Andean music styles. The team also involves a violist and a harpist. The teams represent their village or community and are something that is viewed with pride by Peruvians. The recognition that UNESCO has given to this dance form will revive this little known art form and bring it to the major cultural organizations across the world.
If you would like to learn some scissors dance moves yourself, you might probably want to go ahead and visit Peru, so that you can enroll in one of the many classes. If you are not the kind of person who wants to learn the moves yourself, you can at least go ahead and attend one of the colorful performances in an authentic Peruvian setting across the highlands of Peru.