Most people in the region know Romagna’s “Smoth dance” or Liscio, but not everyone knows the proper steps to dance this cheerful and dancey version of more classical dances such as waltzer. Romagna’s smooth dance is a set of dances for two dancers, born in the Romagna region between the late 1800s and early 900, now spread throughout Italy, especially in the North.
Why is it called smooth?
Because the dancers, in their movements,use slipping, fluid movements while moving teir feet on the ground. In the local slang, this was called “to go off smoothly” – “andare liscio”. Romagna’s smooth dances are not all the same, and include three types of dances: Mazurka, Waltz, and Polka. Its characteristics? A quicker beat of the mazurkas and polkas, and the use of instruments such as clarinet and drums. The folk dances of Romagna are light-hearted and cheerful, thanks to drums and bass, and are danced in dance halls (the first was opened in 1910 in the town of Bellaria).
Weren’t Mazurka, Polka and Waltz born in East Europe?
Each of these three dances has a different origin, but they were all adopted by Romagna, and adapted to local tastes to such an extent that they have now become a local tradition.
Mazurka is a couple dance in triple time, spread throughout Europe, originally a dance popular in Poland around the sixteenth century. Its pace is very moderate and movements are well-defined, accentuated by back-heeling that accompanies the end of each choreography. The characteristic of this dance is that it has the rhythmic accent on the second beat of the measure, which seems to derive from the sound of trotting horses. Among the kinds of Smooth, it is the easier to dance.
The Waltz, born in Austria and southern Germany, soon spread throughout Europe. It was a big leap forward for the first time in history: in fact, the dancers danced embraced.Many famous composers challenged theselves by composing Waltzers, such as Strauss and Beethoven. Following their style but with a strong local influence, Secondo Casadei’s “Romagna Mia” is considered an unofficial anthem for the Region in wich smooth dance is popular.
Polka is a very fast couple dance in binary time. It was born in Bohemia top 800, then spread throughout Europe. Polka is widespread, especially in the United States and Italy.
These 3 dances became part of the repertoire of Smooth Romagnolo, which was brought to success by Secondo Casadei. Follow our next article, where we will talk about the father of Romagna Mia, called the Strauss of Romagna, Secondo Casadei. Discover our offers and come to the Hotel Majestic and Hotel Solemare to dance with us on one of our Romagna theme dancing parties!