Arts & Culture
Dancing Like a Woman. During the National Bambuco Gay Pageant, celebrated every year in July in Bogota, young drag queens compete with each other wearing traditional Colombian clothes and dancing the "bambuco", a regional, folkloric, 'religious related' dance of the Andes, characterized by the elegance of its movements and precious dresses.
The theme of "bambuco" is love. The process of falling in love and courting in the rural society is expressed through the dance. Generally, in the "bambuco" man leads woman, but at the National Bambuco Gay Pageant women are drag queens. Most of them come from Huila, a region in Southern Colombia, where the folk dance is originally and where there is a big tradition around the "bambuco" that children learn at school and from their relatives at home.
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