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Portuguese Culture on St. Barth

As many of you may know, St. Barth has quite a large Portuguese population. Last May, they created a folklore troupe that currently meets every Saturday to learn and rehearse traditional dances dating from 1900 to 1910. The troupe first performed during Swedish Week last November. They are reviving many traditional dances from the northern region of Minho that have disappeared as well as learning other traditional dances of Portugal. Their linen costumes are made by hand in Portugal. All of the dances are accompanied by traditional Portuguese instruments such as the accordion, the tambourine, the guitar, castanets, the triangle and a small Portuguese guitar called the Cavaquinho. Expect to see more performances in the future.


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