Dancers from all over spain took part in a traditional stilt dancing ceremony in Anguiano on Saturday (23 July)....
GV VILLAGE & CU SIGN "Cuesta De Los Danzadores" (HILL OF THE DANCERS) (2 shots)
SCU CHILD ON FATHERS' SHOULDERS PAN CROWD.
SV MUSICIANS PAN TO STILT DANCERS. (2 shots)
LV STILT DANCERS As one dancer spins down steps to be caught by crowd.
SV Next dancer spins down steps and falls.
TV Dancer spins down sloping street to be caught.by crowd.
TV Next dancer spins down street.
LV Dancer spins down street and hits dancer making his way up street.
SV Dancers spin down street.
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Background: Dancers from all over spain took part in a traditional stilt dancing ceremony in Anguiano on Saturday (23 July)....but no one knows the origin of the celebrations.
SYNOPSIS: The village of Anguiano is set in the hills of Logrono Province and hundreds of people come to watch the dancers perform. It's a ceremony that has been performed for as long as anyone can remember, but, so far, no one has been able to find out why. About half a dozen dancers dress in coloured skirts and mount pinewood "zancos" to dance in front of the village church after mass.
They then spin like tops down the cobbled ways of the "dancers' hill".
There are some spills, but the crowd loves the spectacle and is always willing to lend a hand.
The Mayor of this mountain-ringed town in Central Spain is now searching for a historian to discover why he and his townsmen follow the tradition. Some claim that church records show it dates back to 600 A.D., while others say there's a similar dance practiced in France so it must have come from the North. Meanwhile people don't seem to be concerned........they just enjoy the festival as a colourful, happy spectacle.