Dance of the
July 21-23. Anguiano (La Rioja).
The stilt dancers come out twice a year: firstly for the Magdalena, in July, and secondly for the Saturday of Grace -the last Saturday in September. In their company, the image of the saint is paraded through the streets of the town, to return in autumn to the hermitage. There she remains for ten months awaiting the return of the dancers. The latter, risen up on wooden stilts, perform one of the most singular dances of all those that are still in practice in Spain. Here, beauty is coupled with risk; dexterity, with bravery; elegance, with strength; singularity, with the faith in Magdalena. These human tops. spin round and round, their petticoats billowing in the wind and their gaze fixed so as not to lose their balance, while they hurtle down the narrow street that bears their name from the Church to the main square. Meanwhile, astounded onlookers try to overcome their amazement.