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Puglia folk dances course - Puglia taste and culture

Puglia folk dances course

Puglia folk dances course

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What we know today as the dance of pizzica or taranta, actually has a very fascinating and particular story. According to the legend, tarantism was a disease caused by the tarantula bite. In the past, through the right combination of musical vibrations, by violins, accordion and tambourine, they tried to heal the victim by creating a kind of musical exorcism.

The “tarantato” (the person bitten by the tarantula), by hearing the first notes, began to dance and scream for hours almost until the faint, then get to healing by symbolically squishing the tarantula.

This legend has become a real tradition in Puglia linked to other local stories especially on the condition of women working in the fields. You can discover all of this and much more during this experience with the ‘folk dances’.

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In a journey between the history of music and folk dance, the experienced dancers Alessandro and Valeria will talk about “pizzica” and the Apulian “tarantella”.

Knowing what lies behind these hilarious rhythms will make you listen and dance with a completely different awareness. You can enter into a complete harmony with the musical soul of Puglia.


  • Exhibition and explanation of the Apulian folk dances with an experienced dancer;
  • Mini course of folk dances;
  • Tasting of typical products.
  • Option (only on request): Basic course of folk dances lasting 3 hours

Options (on request only)

In the afternoon you can have a guided tours in Trani, Barletta, Andria or Margherita di Savoia

Duration: about 2 hours in the morning

City: Trani, Barletta or Andria depending on availability

Language: Italian, English, other languages ​​on request

Expert: folk dancer teacher

Price includes: folk dances teacher; dances show; mini course of folk dances; tasting of local products; assistance by a Puglia Taste & Culture representative.


Option: radioguide with headset.

Reservations: accepted up to 48 hours before the scheduled date, depending on available seats

Cancellation: free within 24 hours of the booked activity, after 24 hours only 50% of the amount paid can be refunded

Minimum number of 8 participants to activate the weekly sensory activities

For a number smaller than 8 send an email to: booking@pugliatasteandculture.com

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