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A Witch’s Dance of Healing – Inspired Taranta

A friend had shared with me the video of a woman dancing in a piazza in Italy – not only was the footage beautiful and haunting, but I became somewhat obsessed with the song she danced to. After some searching, I found it was a version of “Taranta” by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. (http://www.canzonieregrecanicosalentino.net and they have a channel here on youtube). The song stole my heart and I have been playing it practically nonstop.

A translation of some of the lyrics:
if it’s taranta don’t abandon me
if you dance alone you cannot heal

if it’s taranta let her dance
if it’s melancholy throw it out

In my 20+ years of dancing, I have studied many kinds of North African and Mediterranean folkloric dances – and my deepest love are the great variety of trance dances. This includes the family of folk dances from Southern Italy – where some of my family is originally from. My style has evolved over the years to something outside of labels, perhaps best described as mythic dance artistry – pulling from the many styles I have studied.

Dance has incredible healing power, and I felt driven (inspired is too soft a word) to dance this song and hope it shares some healing with you as well. This was entirely improvised in the moment (not choreographed).

Posted on May 9, 2020 by A.J. Drew
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