Haitian Folklore

The Africans who were brought to Haiti in 1503 as slaves came with their religion, culture and traditions. The celebration of this culture is expressed through dance, songs and drum rhythms.The Haitian soul comes alive in the dancing.

In Haiti, dancinig to the beat of the drum is a means of communication as well as a celebration of life. Young children dance, old people dance, everyone dances in Haiti.

The music and the dancing have changed very little since the days of slavery on the sugar plantations.

The dances express the strong beliefs of the different slaves that came form Africa like the Congos, the Ibos, the Dahomeans, the Libyans, the Angoles and many more.


Dance Descriptions Video Demonstration

Nago Dance: This dance derives its name from the Nagos. It is a war dance in honor of the “Ogouns”.

Kongo Dance: This dance is symbolic of beauty and love. It is celebrated in honor of Erzulie. It is considered on of the most beautiful dances in all the Haitian folklore.

Yanvalou Dance: This dance is executed in honor of Dambala Wèdo and Ayida Wèdo, symbolized by the snake.

Dahomen-Zèpòl: In honor of the all the “Rada” divinities, the dancers present fast and harmonious movements of the shoulders.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

LLHDT Brochure