On my playlist for this site you may have heard the Tarantella (its the second song, see bottom of page)...
Well for those of you who do not know, the tarantella is an old Italian dance. Its origin is said to be in the Italian town of Taranto - as a sort of music therapy. People who were bit by a tarantula would continue a fast paced dance (the tarantella) to certain music until their body was rid of the spider's venom (I'm guessing through perspiration?......sounds strange to me). It even evolved to have a 2 partner version which is different depending upon the regions of Italy. Even the music can vary from place to place.
Well perhaps the most well known of the varieties is a group dance....and for this one, you round up as many Italians you can find, and join hands in a big circle. Everyone dances in one direction until the music changes and then you switch directions. All the while, as the music speeds up so do the dancers. It is quite a sight to watch, and quite a workout if you're involved! But it's a blast, and an Italian wedding without it is just plain boring.
Above is the tarantella in action at my own wedding. A few people (my mom and my brother) even got inside the circle, which was a riot. Not as funny, though, as my 80 year old grandma keeping up with the crowd!
Of course, you don't have to be Italian for this one, so find an excuse to try it....If you're Italian you know what I mean. If you're not, then crash an Italian wedding. Can't find one? Meet an Italian and marry them. (Despite all the "proverbs" its not that bad) Because believe me - it's one of those things you've got to try at least once in your life.