Definitions for jotaˈhoʊ tə, -tɑ
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jo•taˈhoʊ tə, -tɑ(n.)(pl.)-tas.
a Spanish dance marked by complex rhythms executed with the heels and castanets.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of jota:
1840–50; < Sp, prob. OSp sota dance, der. of sotar to dance < L saltāre
A traditional popular dance of the Iberian peninsula with regional variations.
The music to which this dance is set, normally of 3/4 or 6/8 time.
The jota is a genre of music and the associated dance known throughout Spain, most likely originating in Aragon. It varies by region, having a characteristic form in Aragon, Castile, Navarra, Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia, Murcia and Eastern Andalusia. Being a visual representation, the jota is danced and sung accompanied by castanets, and the interpreters tend to wear regional costumes. In Valencia, the jota was once danced during interment ceremonies. The jota tends to have a 3/4 rhythm, although some authors maintain that the 6/8 is better adapted to the poetic and choreographic structure. For their interpretation, guitars, bandurrias, lutes, dulzaina, and drums are used in the Castilian style, while the Galicians use bagpipes, drums, and bombos. Theatrical versions are sung and danced with regional costumes and castanets, though such things are not used when dancing the jota in less formal settings. The content of the songs is quite diverse, from patriotism to religion to sexual exploits. In addition to this, the songs also have the effect of helping to generate a sense of local identity and cohesion.
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