THE CARIBBEAN CALYPSO DANCE

The Calypso culture dance originated in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It was the arrival of the African slaves in the mid 1800's that triggered the creation of the Calypso island dance form.

Because the African slaves were not allowed to talk, they told their stories to each other through song and dance. Over time the Calypso dance form took on greater significance as it developed into a theatrical based performance dance for the entire region.

While there are many dance movements with the word "Calypso" in its name, Calypso dance can include any number of popular dance moves from any type of dance as well as dance steps created specifically for the particular Calypso dance being presented. Calypso dance is all about telling a story, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, and sometimes its about the social issues of the day. But always there is a message in the Caribbean dance movements as well as the clothing and sometimes back drops that are presented by the ensemble of dancers.

It's no surprise that Calypso dance is apart of the main productions of Carnival as well. Carnival is all about costume design, predetermined dance routines, and relaying a social message to the onlookers who watch and occasionally dance along in glee. So at important festivals and Carnival, Calypso has a more prominent role in dance than say Reggae, which is popular only for social dancing.

Every Calypso dance portrays an entirely different message through entirely different costumes and rhythm dance moves. So there's no telling what surprises await the next unsuspecting onlookers!

What do you like about Calypso dance?

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