History of the Cumbia

Cumbia originated in Columbia during the Spanish colonial times. It was a dance created for the music know as Gaitero which was played with flutes, maracas, and African drums. When it originated, men and women both dressed in white with men wearing sombrero hats and women wearing long, graceful laying skirts. Men also carried candles that they gave to the women for the duration of the dance and red handkerchiefs that they would wave in the air or wear around their necks. One main step of the Cumbia is the back- break basic step which helps to keep the dance moving in its circular motion. Today, Cumbia is danced by many people. From Mexico in the north to Argentina in the south and to more and more places in North America.
How to dance: cumbia