guajes or "Rattles"
Opening sequence: Standard.
The abuelo calls for "¡Guajes!" and the danzantes
in the left line turn to face the back. One line now facing forward,
the other back, the pairs opposite each other join right hands with
their guajes held aloft. This forms a succession of arches.The
lead dancer of the left line, however, hasnt turned or joined
guajes with his opposite. The monarca dances up to him and joins right
hands, guajes aloft, in an arch. The malinche is to the monarcas
right, so that as the monarca and danzante circle clockwise, she dances
under the arch their arms make. Monarca and malinche then turn from
the first dancer in the left line to circle with the first dancer
in the right. They continue in this manner up the line, from couple
to couple, left dancer to right. Each couple breaks the guaje-arch
theyve formed when monarca and malinche approach. They reestablish
it after theyve finished dancing with monarca and malinche.
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pattern of los guajes is similar to that of la ese excepts that here
the monarca approaches each man in the left line from in front and
each man in the right line from behind (Figure 23). By staying
to the monarcas right as he approaches each dancer, the malinche
is always in the correct position to pass under the arch. The abuelo
follows monarca and malinche up the lines.
When each man has danced, and
monarca and malinche are at the back, the abuelo calls for turns, and
the pattern is repeated in reverse order, the right line now facing backward,
the left forward. Now the men raise their left hands, holding their palmas
aloft. This time the monarca approaches each man in the right line from
in front and each man in the left line from behind. The malinche stays
at the monarcas left to be in a position to dance beneath the arch.
After each danzante has had his turn, he moves back into line rather than
remaking the arch with the dancer opposite him.
Closing sequence: Standard.