There are several folk dances in Dominica such as quadrille, bélé, lancers, mazook, polka/heel and toe, cotillion, schottische, contredanse, and la ronde, with origins from the French, English and African cultures. These traditional dances are usually performed by cultural groups during the independence season, at village feast and other social events. Bélé, the most well-known of the dances is accompanied by the beats of the tambour bélé or bélé drum and sometimes includes ting ting “triangle” and chak chak. Though the dance involves two persons, only one person dances at a time until the end. The dance is characterised by the drum rhythm following the steps of a single dancer, who performs in a circle surrounded by spectators. These spectators, headed by a lead vocalist will chant a responsorial chorus and this interplay of loud drumming, vigorous body movements and a high-pitched chorus makes the bélé a truly remarkable dance experience. .
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