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Oaxaca de Juárez Nightlife: 11 reviews and 12 photos
Folkloric dance shows known as Guelaguetza, are staged every Friday night at the Camino Real ( and more often in the high holiday season), with a whole range of dances from the stately and sedate Flor de Pina to toe-tapping whirls of wide skirts and coquettish looks and on to the leaps and whoops of athletic young men in their high feathered head-dresses as they perform the men-only Danza de la Pluma de Zaachila. A buffet dinner is included in the price of admission. The performances are very popular and you must book to be sure of getting a place. Similar performances are staged at other venues.
Otherwise, you might find yourself slipping in beside the locals at a rather less staged-for-the-tourists show in a local dance hall, or even (as we did for both these) being called in to watch some youngsters practising in a small dance studio. Whatever you do, you're in for a feast of colour and music that will keep the camera clicking and your eyes dazzled by both the colour and vibrancy of the scene and - especially at the latter events - the smiles and obvious enjoyment of what they are doing on the faces of the dancers.
The young dancers practising in one of the studios at the Oaxaca University were sweet, but the best night was the one in the dance hall we came across by accident, beckoned in by a gun-toting policeman, to stand in the midst of a crowd of locals watching a crowd of youngsters in flounced skirts and white suits literally having a ball.
Address: Calle 5 de Mayo 300, Centro Histórico, Oaxaca City
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