National Geographic : 1930 Jul
ADVENTURES IN COLOR ON MEXICO'S WEST COAST THE JARABE IS MEXICO'S NATIONAL DANCE The sombrero forms a pivot for colorful evolutions, but the real test for the girl is to dance inside the brim without losing her balance. As a final gesture, she puts the hat on and strikes an attitude of challenge to her partner. © National Geographic Society Natural-Color rnotograpns Dy rea rayne Liatworny SENORITAS EXEMPLIFY THE JARABE'S POETRY OF MOTION This old country dance is usually performed by a man and a girl, or by couples, but only the girl proves her grace and agility by dancing inside the brim (see above). At dancing contests, prizes, such as serapes, are given to the most skillful performers.