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La Raspa
Traditional Mexican Children's Dance
Actions from Jack Capon & Rosemary Hallum, Ph.D.

This song is available on Children’s All-Time Rhythm Favorites

MUSIC: La Raspa

FORMATION: Scattered, with couples facing each other and holding hands.
     (Note: Couples don’t have to be boy-girl.)

     Measure 1) Introduction
          Wait in place, hands joined.
     Measure 2)
          THE “RASP” STEP (shuffling alternate feet forward) Jump on R foot, extending L heel forward,
          moving L arm forward and R elbow backward. 1
          Reverse—jump on L, extending R heel forward,
          R arm forward and L elbow backward.
          Jump on R again, L heel forward, L arm forward and R elbow backward; pause,
          “holding” this position. 2
          Repeat above pattern, starting with jump on L. 3-4
          Repeat actions of measures 1-4 three more times. 5-16
     Measure 3)
          ELBOW SWINGS: Hook R elbows, with RH up and LH held high, swinging clockwise with
          8 running steps. On the last step, re!ease elbows and clap own hands. 1-4
          Reverse—hook L elbows and swing 8 running steps counterclockwise,
          releasing elbows and clapping on the last step. 5-8
          Repeat whole dance three times.

     - On the Elbow Swings, older students may do skipping steps and snap fingers of both hands.
     - To do this as a mixer dance, start in a double circle, boys on the inside with their back to the center. Do step 1 as usual. At the end of step 2, each partner moves or “progresses” one person to their R.


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