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How To Do the Mexican Hat Dance

This Mexican folk dance mimics a courtship. Popular during birthdays and Cinco de Mayo parties, it's flirty and light-hearted.


  • TIP: Throw your sombrero onto the ground.
  • Step 1: Hold hands with your partner and dance in a circle after the first steps are repeated, quickly moving in side steps.
  • Step 2: When the music stops, pick up the sombrero, hide your faces behind it, and kiss your partner. Ole!
  • FACT: Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi won the Audience Award at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.
  • Step 3: Clap your hands four times and shout "Ole!" when the beat changes and quickens.
  • Step 4: Repeat hand and foot movements four times.
  • Step 5: Fold your left arm across your stomach and place your right elbow on your left hand. Keep your right hand open, and fling it back while putting your right foot out in front of you, heel down.
  • TIP: Be sure to keep to the rhythm of the music.
  • Step 6: Switch arms and heels, and repeat the movement. Change back to the first side, and repeat the movement again. At the count of four, clap twice.
  • Step 7: Put on the traditional, three-piece charro suit and sombrero if you're a man, or, if you're a woman, don the traditional china poblana outfit. Then start the mariachi music.

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