Dance of the Week
Cantigas De Santa Maria 1
Choreographed by Jim Gold
Dear Dancers and Travelers,
Welcome to our folk dance family!
Cantigas de Santa Maria 1 is the Dance of the Week.
Music is from Medieval Spain.
Click on the links below.
See A Treasury of International Folk Dances
Written instructions: p 27
(or see “Read More” below.)
Cantigas de Santa Maria danced by Jim Gold
CANTIGAS DE SANTA MARIA: CANTIGA 1. . . MEDIEVAL SPAIN
Dance Meaning: Songs of Saint Mary
Name: Des oge mais quer eu trobar: in Gallico-Portuguese language from medieval Spain.
Source: Created by Jim Gold based on 13th century folk dance steps from northern Spain.
Music: Sendebar: Medieval Music of the Mediterranean
Choreography: By Jim Gold using traditional steps from medieval Spain.
Jim Gold YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6B77So0At8
Introduction: 2 measures
Rida: Moving to left, CW. Arms in V position
1 Cross R over L (ct 1), bring L next to R (ct 2)
cross R over L (3), bring L next to R (ct 4)
2 Grapevine step: step R in front of L (ct 1)
step L next to R (ct 2)
step R behind L (ct 3)
L to right (ct 4)
3-4 Repeat meas. 1-2
5-6 Repeat meas. 1-2
7-8 Repeat meas. 1-2
1 Step forward on R (ct 1-2)
step L next to R (ct 3-4)
2 step back on L (ct 1-2)
step R next to L (ct 3-4)
3 4 front pas de bas
Step on R in place (ct 1), cross L over R (ct &)
step on R in place (ct 2)
step on L in place (ct 3), cross R over L (ct &)
step on L in place (ct 4)
4 Repeat meas. 3
Walk 3 steps right, CCW
5 Step R (ct 1-2)
step L (ct 3-4)
6 step R (ct 1-2), touch L heel across R leg (ct 3-4)
7 Walk 3 steps left, CW: step L(ct 1-2), step R(ct 3-4)
8 step L (ct 1-2), step on R next to L facing ctr (ct 3-4)
9 step into ctr on R (ct 1-2)
touch L toe on floor behind R(ct 3-4)
10 step back on L (ct 1-2), step on R in place (ct 3-4)
11 4-step full turn left, CCW, arms in W position, snap fingers to imitate sound of castanets
R (ct 1-2), L (ct 3-4)
12 R (ct 1-2), L (ct 3-4)