Les Pastoretes
 
In our cultural tradition it is usually the presence of pastoral reasons. We know that Christmas belenísticas representations often included among its acts of cowherd dances in front of the Nativity. Progressively, these were incorporated into the processions of the Corpus Christi processions and by extension, to some festivities. In Alzira, the Feast of the Mare de Deu has since the nineteenth century with a dance like this. Is the Ball de les Pastoretes, the smaller the people.
 
Members, children aged between three and seven years in indeterminate number, are led by a teacher who called Pastor. Two more children, as a symbolic figure, they accompany the dancers festooned with more stately dresses; They are the King and Queen of Pastoretes them.
 
HISTORY
 
The first documentary reference date of 1834. Known as Boys and Girls Dance or also dance and Children, was directed in those years by fellow master of the Carxofa Ball, Jeroni Curcă, integrating a group called Danzetas. During the twentieth century, they are remembered the magisteria of Baptistet the Ceguet and his wife, and Maria Vendrell. The latter, dance teacher since 1972 has played a prominent role in the current configuration of reintroducing dance to children, who for decades were not involved, within dance role. The emergence in the nineteenth century figures of the King and Queen and the accompaniment of dancing with the Royal March (incorporated dance long before becoming national anthem) can still be connected, say, with a monarchist stance in a time of constant political upheavals and struggles by the Government and the Crown of Spain (Liberal and Carlist Wars).
 
DRESS
Les pastoretes are dressed in jacket, skirt and hat brimmed straw, front elevational and decorated with flowers. Els pastorets wear knee-breeches, white stockings, vest, bag and hat. As personal use of musical instruments tambourines and castanets.

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