Among the typical dances known in the Isthmus is “el Tamborito”, a sort of dance of religious origin showing a harmonious blend with the peculiar movement made by dance couples during colonial times.
Costumes play an important role as they symbolize the struggle between good, represented by the religious part with the act of taking the Eucharist and parishioners attending mass, and evil represented by devils dancing around the church and trying to prevent the mass from being celebrated.
Cumbia, another local dance, was introduced by Africans and is very popular in most parts of the country, although there are different styles in various regions. This dance is performed in a circle turning against clockwise.
El Punto is an unquestionable legacy from Spain. This dance has been considered by many as the most elegant, delicate and romantic version of those dances that have rightly gained a place in the country’s wide and varied folklore.