If you fancy to read and learn more about this celebration, please click on the link of the post I wrote last year about it: San Isidro celebration.
THE CHOTIS DANCING:
And to finish this post so "madrileño" today, I am linking a video of the traditional madrileño dance: the "chotis", but firstly I am leaving just a few words about its origin:
The term "chotis" is a Castilianization of the word "schottisch", that means "Scottish" in German. To dance a "Schottisch" meant a slow Polka. In Madrid the chotis dance was first performed in 1850 at the Royal Palace, and so it was called "German Polka", shortly after it became the most traditional and popular dance in Madrid. Since then chotis has been performed in all the traditional feasts in Madrid (San Isidro, San Antonio and La Paloma).
Please pause the Ipod first (sorry, the image quality
is not perfect but I haven't found a better copy)
see the man's feet.........