La Raspa (Mexico)
dance originated in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. It is
performed at festivals.
Partners facing each other in a scattered formation. Or partners
facing each other using a double circle.
Skip, Bleking Step - Hop in place on left foot, touch right heel
forward, toe pointing up,
Push off both feet and end with the left heel forward, toe pointing up.
Push off both feet and end with the right heel forward, toe
pointing up. (3 counts)
Part 1. Bleking step -
Left, right, left (3 counts) Clap Clap (1 count for the 2 claps)
Total 4 counts for the three bleking steps and the two claps.
Repeat Bleking step 8 times. (32 counts)
Part 2. Partners hook
right elbows, left hand held high, and skip for 8 counts and
switch to hooking left elbow, with right hand held high and skip for 8
Repeat the skip with the right elbow and the skip with the left
elbow. (32 counts)
Repeat the dance several times.
Use light running steps instead of the skips.
Change partners during the last 8 counts of the elbow swing to begin
the dance with a new partner.