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Little Children Embody Culture in the Plaza de Armas Today

I love Dancing (Walter Coraza Morveli)

After practicing their dance steps for a certain time, young children from the different national and private kindergartens will present their performances on the monumental stage of Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas. There you can see children dancing with much energy and devotion for the feasts of Cusco.

Yesterday, in the Octave of Corpus Christi in the morning the children practiced their dances in the main square, getting to know the place and to be ready for their presentation today.

My First Dance Steps (Walter Coraza Morveli)
My First Dance Steps (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Today began with an intense cold, but that was no excuse for the boys and girls not to get up early to do a bit more practice. With their full energy they will dance today before a lot of people on the Plaza who have come to see them dance.

This event begins at 9 am, before all the people responsible for coordinating the music and all the sound effects will have arrived in the Plaza. They are necessary to make sure everything goes smoothly for the children. As the children and the staff get ready, the famous comparsas, the troupes of dancers who accompany saints, also arrive to take their saints home. Their bands play well-known melodies and each has a special costume that is different from that of other troupes.

A View of Child Kinder Dancer (Walter Coraza Morveli)
A View of Kindergarten Dancer (Walter Coraza Morveli)

48 different schools will present their homage to Cusco for its fiestas today. These children will arrive at the plaza accompanied by their family members who will occupy the stands that are set up on three sides of the Plaza for them. On each side the children will be expected to perform as if on a stage. The family members will cheer their children on.

Before the event begins saints will pass by with all their followers as they exit the Cathedral and finish the feast of Corpus Christi. The last to leave is San Cristobal. Then people will explode firecrackers and other fireworks to begin this famous procession of children.

The first school to perform will be Santa María Alegría de la Paz. It will open the celebration. These children will dance the diablitos, little devils. Then each of the other educational institutions will parade by in turn.

Having a Fun Day, Kinder Garden Students (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Having a Fun Day, Kindergarten Students (Walter Coraza Morveli)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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