Mazouk – Dominica’s Traditional Dance


Mazouk originated from the early European settlers in the eighteen century. It is a short sequence dance that comprises of distinctive foot movements. Usually it’s a couple’s dance but can be done by one person. There are three types of mazouk in Dominica; mazouk yon pa which is a five step sequence usually done in Boetica, english mazouk which is executed in sequence of six shuffle steps followed by four steps as you turn and lastly mazouk dé pa which is the most difficult type because the sequence uses specific terms and directions and a specific musical phrase.