Among the foreign visitors that the Philippines had, Spanish are the one who leave the most influence to them. One of the biggest influences of the Spanish are the dances that they taught to the Filipinos and one of those dances is the La Jota dance.
WHAT IS LA JOTA DANCE
La Jota dance is a Spanish dance from the Northern part of the Spain particularly in Aragon. Jota means jump in latin. It describes the lively, bouncy movements of the dance. Jota dance has a ¾ rhythm and the steps have a similarity with the waltz. Jota dance is being accompanied by different string and wind instruments and percussions.
JOTA DANCE IN THE PHILIPPINES
La Jota dance is one of the Spanish inspired dances that become a traditional folk dance in the Philippines and unlike other folk dances, La Jota dance was being dance in different provinces and each province has their own version of La Jota dance. The dancers’ costume during La Jota dance is a traditional Maria Clara costume and Barong Tagalog.
Here are the different kinds of La Jota dance
La Jota Manileña
The La Jota Manileña got its name from the city of Manila wherein Manileño used to dance the La Jota dance and came up with own version. The dancers used castanets while dancing flamingo-like steps.
La Jota Moncadeña
The La Jota Moncadeña is from the Northern part of the Philippines, the Tarlac province. People from Tarlac called this dance by different name, Jota Florana. This dance is being performed during funerals.
La Jota Cagayana
The La Jota Cagayana is from the province of Enrile, Cagayan. The steps of the dance have similarity with waltz but with a heavy stepping on feet in every measure of the step.
La Jota Caviteña
The La Jota Caviteña is considered the most popular version of La Jota dance. It is originated from Tarnate, Cavite. The male dancer dance in a fast and snobbish way while the female dancers dance elegantly and they used castanets.
LA JOTA DANCE IN THE PRESENT TIMES
Today La Jota dance can be watch during festivals, school program and cultural programs. It is being taught to the school to make the younger generation more familiar with the folk dance.