Vanerão: A Typical Dance of Rio Grande do Sul

Vanerão is a type of dance from Rio Grande do Sul, on the South of Brazil

The origin of the world Vanerão comes from a rhythm of Cuba created in Havana. On this post you will understand how this became a typical and  enchanting dance from Rio Grande do Sul.

Leia em Português

This is the first song genuinely afro-latin american and arrived in Europe in the 17th century. 

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center of gaucho traditions

The dance was adapted to the european culture and came back to America due to Portuguese and Spanish immigrants in the mid 80’s.

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Fandangos

The fandangos (set of dances from Rio Grande dos Sul) are developing many rhythms using creativity and experience, so it wasn´t just spelling that has changed from de Cuban origin, the faster rhythm transformed it into something more danceable in the last years. Ah Vanerão!

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Band – Fandango

Typical musical instruments used in the bands in fandangos: accordion, guitar, bass, drums and tambourine.

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My Experience with Vanerão

On my motorcycle trip through America, I spent some days in Canela, where my friends told me a little about the Vanerão.

On a Sunday, we went to CTG (center of traditions from Rio Grande do Sul) Querência. It is worth following the page on Facebook to get to know events and news.

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Dancing Vanerão with Miss Congeniality

 Each weekend it is a different group that organizes the parties in Vanerão.

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The group that was organizing The party the day I went had some people nominated with some responsibilities. The Woman that took me to dance was Miss Congeniality, that pays attention to everyone that is new, ensuring that they have a good experience.  

I really liked this dance.

I think it is for this reason that this rhythm is also known like Limpa Banco (sits cleaner), when the songs started to play there was no one seated. 

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It was a great experience passing one afternoon knowing better the culture from Rio Grande do Sul, if you were around there, it is worth it to meet.

Did I learn to dance? Certainly not. 🙃

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