Season Event

Concurso de Saya-Caporal 

Presented by the Comite Pro Bolivia

  • June 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm

The Pro Bolivia Committee is proud to present the XVIII Saya Caporal Dance Competition. It is a competition where two traditional Bolivian dances are fused together to create vivid choreographies. Saya is an Afro-Bolivian dance that originated from the jungles of the Yungas, a tropical region in the State of La Paz. Its a dance that blends ancient rhythms brought by former slaves from their African homeland with traditional Andean flutes and dance steps. Caporales was created in 1969 by the Estrada brothers, who were inspired by the Afro-Bolivian Saya and their character of the 'Caporal' - the overseer of the black slaves. The dance is physically demanding, as it consists of jumping, and hand coordinations. Caporales has very quickly become one of the most popular Bolivian dances practiced all around the world. Besides the lively music and dance that this competition brings, it is also an opportunity to view authentic costumes hand made from Bolivia. You will see the male dancers depict an old Spanish military guard wearing heeled boots bearing large bells known as "cascabeles" and carrying a hat. The female dancer will have a folkloric mini skirt, fancy high-heeled shoes, and a round top hat. This competition is the largest of its kind in the United States and brings competitors from all around the the nation!

$25 VIP, $20 adults, $15 children under 12