Malambo (dance)

Malambo is a folk dance in Argentina, a dance of gauchos. It is a solo dance of men (although it may be performed in groups). Its notable element are elaborate leg movements with energetic zapateados (stomping) and cepillados ("brushing"/"scrubbing").[1]

Malambo solo
Dance performance involving a group malambo
An unusual type of zapateado by the side of the boot, characteristic of malambo

Dance scholar and folklorist Ventura Lynch described it as "a battle between men who stomp in turn to music".[2]

There was no particular choreography for the dance. C.J. Videla-Rivero described it as follows: "One gaucho taps, kicks, crosses his legs, pounds the earth with the side of his feet, make his spurs tinkle, and fills the air with a thousand and one different figures while his opponent, crouched, watches him."[3]

It may be performed in various ways: solo, in groups (synchronized or individual choreographies), counterpoint vis a vis, counterpoint quartets. The last two are of competitive form (in fact, in this form malambo was born): the opponents take turns, and the one who stomps the best, wins.

A major Malambo performance and competition event, National Malambo Festival [es], is held annually in Laborde, Córdoba Province, Argentina m since 1966.[2][4]


  1. ^ Eduardo Gutierrez , The Gaucho Juan Moreira, 2014, ISBN 1624661386, p. XV
  2. ^ a b Leila Guerriero, A Simple Story: The Last Malambo, 2015, 2017 (book review; doi:10.1353/abr.2017.0088)
  3. ^ C.J. Videla-Rivero, "Few Words on Argentine Music", Bulletin of the Pan American Union, 1933, pp. 796-797 (free access)
  4. ^ Kenneth Dickerman, Mario de Fina, "In a small town in Argentina, gauchos compete for a coveted crown more than a half-century-old", The Washington Post, May 8, 2019

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