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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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The Effect of Chilean Dancing on Man-in-the-Making David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Monday, November 19, 2012

Gif by ADRM-X titled “Dancing Sun”

Article title pilfered from the Pulitzer Prize winning play, “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.”

When the words “dancing” and “Chile” are in the same sentence, visions of David dancing Salsa onstage at the JAS Arena in Rancagua come to mind, thanks to Gladys’ brilliant recap. But I learned that while Salsa and Tango may be popular dances in Latin America, they are not the only options.

Like all cultures, Chileans engage in popular and traditional folk dancing to celebrate cultural rituals. Chile prides itself on a traditional dance called “la Cueca” which became the national dance in 1979. Done at weddings, parties, and family gatherings, la cueca is taught to kids in elementary schools in Chile. Dance is an important part of Chilean culture.

The Cueca dancers dress in traditional colorful costumes with men in cowboy hats, horse riding pants, short jackets and riding boots with spurs. Women wear flowered dresses with aprons. They wave handkerchiefs in the air, mimicking playful romantic courting between a hen and a rooster. The character of the male performer is the aggressor and the female performer is  elusive and demure.

The choreography of the Cueca is what makes it so appealing. Clap, clap, step, step, swing that handkerchief over your head… don’t fall, step again, now circle your partner… forward, back and pretend you’re a hen…There is an imaginary circle with the male performer in one half and the female in the other. In sync with the background music, the dance always starts with the man extending his arm as an offer to the woman to dance with him. The dance partners stand face to face at a distance from each other. Before the couple starts to dance, they begin clapping their hands to the music. Subtly flirtatious, couples move around each other in circles but all of the flirting is done with eye contact and body movement. There is barely any touching in this dance.

La Cueca is performed at every important festival in Chile, especially on September 18, Chilean Independence Day.  Elder Archuleta could not have missed native Chileans performing this dance on that day.

There are other dances that are specific to different parts of Chile. In the north they celebrate the Fiesta de La Tirana in which the dancers wear demonic masks. In central Chile la Cueca rules and different variations of it are done. In Santiago the the peasant style, ballroom style and the Cueca Brava dominate. In the south there are religious Mapuche dances such as the Nguillatún and the Machitún in which prayers are offered to the supreme god Ngenechen and to the sacred canelo tree. A little farther south, among fishermen and farmers, the steps are livelier, to shake away the cold. In the Costillar dance, two men compete, dancing around a bottle placed in the middle of the dance floor, and the one who kicks the bottle over is the loser.

In October 2011, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Chile celebrated it’s fifty year anniversary of formal missionary work. Members gathered at a week-long celebration to commemorate the event. They celebrated in part by doing traditional dances of the country. The dances start at 1:15 in this video and at 2:50 there’s even a dance that resembles the Mexican Hat Dance.

Video courtesy of Mormon Channel/YouTube

The Chileans are passionate, colorful and religious people. They show this in their music and dance which are both integral parts of their culture. And here comes that vision of David dancing Salsa again.  Ay Carumba!

56 Responses to “The Effect of Chilean Dancing on Man-in-the-Making David Archuleta”

  1. jans11 said

    Bebe, I think the effect of Chilean dancing will be very strong on this man that David is becoming! Love, love this post! The Blue Dancing Sun makes me think of David “shaking up the world”! I have always loved the “south of the border” music! The dances are so fun and colorful and a lot of times romantic. David is fitting in very well by the report we recieved from Gladys on the last concert. Whoo hoo! And he’s to be “in training” for another 16 months! Oh, David, I think we’ll love the person you have become!♥


  2. Angelica said

    Bebe dahlink,

    Before I go to bed, I just want to say good job! on the Dance article I have pushed you so hard to do, (perdo’n) but I had 2 very good reasons. First, we need to be aware and prepared for the cataclysm that is to come. Honduran/Chilean David 2.0 who will want us to dance with him. Photobucket
    And second, so I could post this video of the dancing dog from Chile. :D I so love this.


  3. angelofdja said

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  4. gladys1961 said

    gracias bebereader.

    !!! Ay caramba. !!!!!!


  5. mlpb3 said

    Bebe – Very interesting! Alot of culture David is probably soaking up! Dancing of some sort is probably the norm for many occasions, events, gatherings. Love to see a demonstration when David gets back! Martha 🙂


  6. violet4ever said

    Chilean children doing traditional dance, followed by American-looking sponsors doing it not as well haha

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  7. poof said

    Amazing video! And to think the only trick my dog can do is rip up the newspaper if I leave it on the couch! That video needs to go viral! Thanks for sharing!


  8. angelofdja said

    Thanks Violet4ever. I’m glad I shared here, though!


  9. violet4ever said

    Cool – I also got my “Despatch” information!! And I love that dog video – sharing it with family right now.


  10. MT said

    Great article! Your certainly did your research on this one. I love the videos. They dance with such flair and the costumes are so bright and colorful. It’s beautiful to watch.

    I can imagine that David did go to some festivals and must have really enjoyed it. I wonder if he took part in some of the dancing? He has mentioned more than once that holidays at his home include lots of music and dancing, whether he wanted to dance or not. LOL

    I hope you’re right, that he brings back some of the music and rhythm and DANCING that he is absorbing down there.

    Latin rhythm, salsa dancing, spanish accent … Yep, “Ay Carumba!” is right!


  11. gladys1961 said

    You can imagine David dancing this dance so sensual, I’m sure that if I have a desire for something, it will be fulfilled.
    I have a Dangerous Mind.


  12. Abrra said

    Enjoyed the videos of the dancers so much. The costumes are colorful! I am wondering what the style of music the band was playing? Is it close to Mariachi? Can any of our Spanish fans answer my question?


    Proof that David needs no partner or hanky 😉


    @DavidArchie Manila to Ft Wayne, IN. Missing connecting flights & all our luggage David still made it on air with WAJI. (KS)

    Abrra 494 days


  13. MT said

    Thanks for Kari’s tweet. That pic, just one of the things I love about this guy. Missed connecting flights, missing luggage, and from the look on his face you’d never know anything had gone wrong. Smiling from ear to ear with a twinkle in his eyes. He is such a joy. Love him. ♥


  14. bebereader said

    Hey Jans,
    Any experience affects us in some way and you know how David absorbs new experiences. One can only imagine what he will get out of being exposed to some passionate Chilean dancing.

    Angelica dahlink Boss,
    Muchas Gracias por su delicioso artwork in the collage up top. Yo comprende now why it was so important to write this article to get our bearings and prepare for the cataclysm that is to come. Thudding in advance!

    Squeeing with you!

    De nada, mi amiga!

    I think the whole fanbase would agree with you when you say: ” Love to see a demonstration when David gets back!” 😉

    Adorable video of kids doing la cueca! Thank you for sharing here.

    Thanks, MT,
    I enjoyed watching the videos, too. So hard to choose one; there are so many cueca videos on YouTube. Can’t wait to see what David got out of watching Chilean dances.

    It sure sounds like mariachi music to me but I’ll wait to see if anyone replies to your question. Love Kari’s tweetpic! It doesn’t get any better than that smile!


  15. Ay Carumba indeed! Thank you Bebe, love love this article!! (and I love the title pilfered or not!) haha its purrrfect!the videos are so good, I think I like the Cueca♥ ( ah David, learning this dance….I can see David dancing as the aggressor in this dance very manly♥)
    also I have to echo everything Jan said in comment #1 cause I totally agree with it all!
    I am trying to even imagine what the effect of 2 years of David being so imersed in Chilean culture is going to do… US! You know how he absorbs everything! eeeek!

    Angelica, that dog! WOOF!! WOOF!! Love that video.. shoot,that dogs a better dancer than most dance partners I have ever had. haha (I say if poochie can learn to dance the merangue , husbands of the world no longer have an valid excuse! thanks for sharing Angelica!

    12. Abrra, “Proof that David needs no partner or hanky”
    haha true!
    that gif! remember that particular move drove the whole fan base crazy?. I love the natural way he moves.


  16. mlpb3 said

    Abrra – I should be able to answer the mariachi question, I’ve heard it practically all my life. (I live in a border city.) Mariachi music has more horns and a bass fiddle. There is some similarity. Here is some mariachi music from youtube:

    Martha 🙂


  17. skydancer1x said

    That smile The most beautiful ,happy,natural,and expressive smile I have ever seen on any human being ….ever… ever.
    ( that would be a pilfered from Paula’s comment after hearing David sing Imagine “ever”)♥


  18. emmegirl14 said

    Thanks for the article bebe, really enjoyed the videos. The Latino culture is so romantic.

    gladys, dare to dream. 🙂

    abrra, “proof that David needs no partner or hanky” LOL! If he can do THAT before his move to SA, I dare to imagine when he gets back.


  19. tawna21 said

    Bebe, what a cultural experience! I just love how you go digging for us so we can be educated! 🙂 It’s going to be so interesting (? not sure that’s the word I want) to see the person that David brings back. I just can’t even think about it…sends chills up my spine and a flutter in my tummy!! Is it 2014 yet?


  20. betsy said

    Awww bebe, you’re such a good researcher/writer. I LOVE all the videos! Reminds me of when he was little and dancing with his sister in traditional dress. So cute!
    We can prepare all we want for David 2.0, but we will all just fall over into the fetal position anyway at his first concert. 🙂 And every one after.

    One more thing.
    The setting: My store, at register 2 lol
    The time: Earlier tonight
    The music: CFTH, playing LOUDLY, from a hidden cd player 2 aisles away behind the Christmas lights, placed there by moi
    The song at the aforementioned time: Silent Night
    The customer: What appeared to be a mild mannered 30 yr old woman
    The purchase: Socks, gloves and Naproxen (that was unnecessary info lol)
    You guys, I am still smiling over this. :)))
    Because she knows now.
    Maybe more than she wanted but hahahahahaahahahaahaaha.
    He made a new fan tonight. And he’s not even around.
    But a HUGE part of him IS around.
    Gah I love him.


  21. Abrra said

    I was looking for some”new” performances and found this gem from LA’s VIP-MKOC Notice the shoulder action ( very slight,but deadly) at :39.

    WARNING ! ( especially for Angelica)


    You know you want the mp3, right?


    Here is the Candy Jar link to the MKOC Tour folder. It has performances from various cities on the tour.



  22. bebereader said

    Thank you but I can’t take any credit for the title; it’s all Angelica’s talent. Isn’t she wonderful? And I totally agree with you about David’s smile, the most beautiful E-VER!

    Emmegirl and Tawna,
    “… The Latino culture is so romantic.”

    “It’s going to be so interesting (? not sure that’s the word I want) to see the person that David brings back. I just can’t even think about it…sends chills up my spine and a flutter in my tummy!! ”

    Yes, and we are so unprepared for what is to come. Why do I hear the expression “Be afraid. Be very afraid” in my mind? 😉

    Play that music; play it loud and clear for the people in your store to hear! How can they not fall in love with his voice, especially on Christmas songs?! You’re such an inspiration, Betsy!


  23. angelofdja said

    Bebe, thanks for the video of the Chilean dancers. Imagining David as the agressor makes my heart go pitter patter…
    Gladys, the Tango has David 2.0 written all over it! Yikes! He’ll be something to behold when he returns! I hope you witness more of that David when you see him next. Go you! So happy your able to hear him sing Christmas music. He feels that music so deeply and shares that feeling with his audiences so well.
    He has such a deep understanding of music in all areas. I can only assume this would carry over to dance as well. Gosh, he is so good at everything he does! 😉


  24. Abrra said

    Ok I am up late and got a bit crazy with scream caps on a couple of videos 😉 bebe gave me permission to pic spam the thread. I haven’t done it in awhile and it’s my addiction!

    WARNING!! Ding! Ding!









    AHHHHHHHHHH Now I feel better 🙂



  25. bebereader said

    Gosh, he’s such a beautiful man!
    Love them all, Abs.
    Thank you!


  26. djafan said

    Bebe, I love your informative, interesting and fun articles. You bring us such valuable tidbits on how David is being influenced by the culture he has immersed himself in that yes be afraid, be very afraid is very appropriate 🙂

    David has slowly shared that he knows how to “move”. I’m sure it’s for our own protection lol

    Betsy, Love it just love your creativity introducing David to unsuspecting customers. Please keep doing it.


  27. marlie7 said

    Abrra – we need some audible warning bell just before your scream caps 🙂 Good heavens, that guy is beautiful!


  28. Abrra said

    I added a visual warning bell, Marlie! i stayed up way too late and wasn’t in my right mind 🙂

    Martha #16
    Thanks for the video. I can hear the difference that horns make to the music. The musicians in Bebe’s article are strumming guitars, so maybe it’s not any particular “style”.

    Abrra 493 days


  29. MT said

    Ahhh, scream cap away! Like Marlie said, “that guy is beautiful.”

    And speaking of handsome, how have I not noticed that whistling photo on the left sidebar? How long has THAT been there?


  30. emmegirl14 said

    Absolutely no time for this this morning, but here I am.
    Abrra pics, I feel better too. Much better.

    dja, “David has slowly shared that he knows how to “move”. I’m sure it’s for our own protection lol”…LOL!
    He’s been giving it to us in piece and parcel. Can’t wait for the whole shebang!

    Betsy, you are just ♥.


  31. MT said

    Ok, clarification since there is more than one whistling photo.

    Black shirt, close up, right side profile. Sooo handsome.


  32. Abrra said

    The whistling pic was sent to me by Djafan. It was part of an old news item, I believe. I add a picture almost daily to the sidebars. I place them randomly so you have to look at them all to discover new ones.
    /evil grin

    I blame all errors on my iPhone


  33. MT said

    So let me get this straight. I have to look at them ALL over and over again, every day, to discover the new ones? You are WICKED!! haha But I guess if I must, I must. LOL


  34. Abrra said

    Welcome to my hell 🙂



  35. kaycee said

    Bebe, Ay Carumba is right!! Loved reading your article and learning about the culture that David is immersed in for the next year and a half. Love the energy and passion…sounds just like someone we know!

    Abbra…24…beautiful and bittersweet!


  36. Lynnella said

    Love the thought of David doing the Tango. Was watching Dancing with the Stars last night, and everyone had to Tango to Michael Jackson music. Everytime I see Apolo Ohno dance, I can imagine David doing that. They’re about the same size and coloring. I know the fans don’t want him to do another competition show, but it would sure bring him a lot of attention. And, if he can dance the way we know he will when he comes back, his fan base will triple. Just saying, I would love to see him on my TV screen every week again.



  37. Abrra said

    Waaaay off topic BUT I know we have many cat lovers here at The Voice. I heard about this live web cam that is aimed at a momma cat and her 4 spice colored kittens. There are 3 boys, named Mace, Basil and Sage. The lone girl is Black & White, named Pepper. I am enjoying them so much. I set it up on the other computer screen so I can check in anytime I want. If you have small children in your house, I know they would love to watch the show. It’s nap time right now, so check back later if they are not active.

    The top video is LIVE, but if you scroll down the page there are other videos that have lots of kitten action captured at another time. Near the bottom you can see them when they were very young.

    The Spice Kittens Video here:



  38. emmegirl14 said

    Abrra, thanks for the tip on the random placement of the sidebar pics. Thought I was going crazy sometimes, “how did I miss that pic before”…. course, I didn’t really question it that much considering the effect they can have on you.


  39. djafan said

    Ahhhhh memories.

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie

    This is how David arrived to the stage at the Ft Wayne show. #2010memories (KS)
    Hide photo Reply Retweeted Favorite


    Baby I can’t complain ♥


  40. awww cute little kittieeeeees!( thanks abrra,I love that fish house snuggy place thing!) lol
    still can’t get over the Dancing dog.
    Lynnella, who knows what opportunities will arise when David returns:)) I love DWTS too.Thing is, its had a long run already, and like Idol, both may be gone by 2014.But I agree,sure would love to see him on the airwaves. ahh, so many dreams we have for David don’t we?He is so mulit-talented its hard not to let your imagination go wild! haha such fun♥


  41. skydancer1x said

    Keep spamming those pictures Abrra, they are pure heaven♥
    wouldn’t that Santa pic make a great Christmas card?:)))


  42. bebereader said

    Thanks for your comments, Djafan, Kaycee and Lynella!

    Dja, That Santa and David pic is all kinds of wonderful!
    I just put it on my desktop and it looks strikingly beautiful.
    Still looking at the screamcaps! So THUDworthy!

    Join us for Nandito Chat and more fun NA-related videos tonight at
    10PM Eastern


  43. emmegirl14 said

    Thanks dja, would ya look at that face! Santa looks pretty happy. 😉

    (not getting much cleaning done)


  44. Spirit said

    Just finished “examining” the sidebar pictures. Most people have a “good side” when it comes to profile pictures. So…. how does David have two “good sides”?


  45. jans11 said

    Love all the new pics and I made David and Santa as my wallpaper! Sure brightened things up!♥

    Lynn and Sky, I would like to see David on DWTS. Seeing the new David every week doing his “thang” would be bringing in a lot of new fans. We already know that he’s the best singer in the world!

    Dayzee, how’s that paper chain coming along…can you tell it’s getting shorter?

    I got my WOWCD email that my FEE are on the way! Can’t wait to see RAINBOW!!!!!!!!


  46. emmegirl14 said

    Jans11, waiting not so patiently for mine.


  47. lani said

    LOL Spirit just went through all the pics again to check on that “two good sides”…. (actually I just needed a reason to look at them again thanks to you… lol because I’ve been guilty of examining them too much way too many times 😀

    Advance Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!


  48. MT said

    Hahahahahahaha OMG! I finally had time to watch that dancing dog video and she is sooo good! I smiled and laughed my way through the whole thing. The dog dances better than a lot of people I know. LOLOL

    Thanks for the laugh. 😀

    Perusing the sidebars again. LOL I see santa has made it into our collection. 🙂


  49. MT said

    Lani & Spirit, Definitley TWO good sides. 🙂

    I have now scanned the pics so often that I have begun naming them. LOL

    Happy, smiley, crooked grin, pink shirt with hat, pink shirt – fan, Santa, Whistling black shirt, finger under chin, TOSOD hair, red pants, thief!, horn!, NA rescue, etc. LOL The list just goes on and on.

    I blame abrra for, well, not for errors … I just blame her.


  50. bluesky said

    MT: Abrra has a lot to answer for.


  51. Djafan said

    Today while on a hunt for a sweet sixteen dress granddaughter yells out with tears in her eyes “Gramma, I just realized we won’t have a Christmas concert to go to this year!” You could imagine my reaction, we cried together. ;(


  52. MT said

    50. Bluesky,
    LOL Yes…she…does.

    Also want to wish all you lovely peeps …

    ♥ Happy Thanksgiving!! ♥


  53. emmegirl14 said

    dja, aawww. I hope he knows how much he is missed.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


  54. betsy said

    Happy Thanksgiving, guys!


  55. Happy Thanksgiving!♥


  56. jans11 said

    Got my pumpkin pies baked, check. Got my cranberries done, check. Got my turkey and dressing ready to bake in the morning, check. Missing David like crazy, check!!

    Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to all!


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