Jarabe Tapatío, also known as the Mexican Hat Dance, is a courting dance and the national dance of Mexico. Many children learn this dance and continue to dance at festivals and birthday parties.
La Conquista narrates the story of the Spanish conquest. It is popular in the western states of Michoacán and Jalisco. Although the dance is not indigenous, the story it tells is important in terms of Mexican history.
Danza de Los Viejitos
The dance translates to the dance of the old men and was originally written to mock the Spanish upper class. Although this dance was created and popularized in the 20th century, dancers wear traditional clothing and play traditional instruments. Both men and women wear wooden shoes, but men traditionally dance with machetes and masks, while women dance with fans.
Danza del Vendo
Danza del Vendo was created by the Indians of Mexico and has remained unaltered. Now the dance is preformed across the country and parts of the U.S. This dance depicts a story of a dear hunt. The dance is easily identifiable because the dancers wear deer and hunter masks.
Los Voladores de Papantla
Five participants scale a 30 meter high pole. One remains at the top playing a flute and drum, as four swirl towards the ground by a rope. This dance is considered by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.