Peruvian Scissor Dance Intangible Heritage

by admin on November 16, 2010

The Peruvian Scissor Dance is a fascinating tradition in which dancers snip and twirl blades as they jump, spin and move between the floor and the air. It was recently added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list, giving it international recognition. The list was formed in 2003 to preserve art forms and traditions around the world in a time of globalization. It is a tradition dating back to the 16th century, when dancers supposedly used it as a way to express their resistance to the Spanish conquest in Peru.