Living in Ecuador you get a sense of how much people appreciate and enjoy dance festivals. As a foreigner, I am often unaware of the numerous festivals Ecuadorians organize. Sometimes I simply come across a dance performance on the street by chance, like the folkloric dance festival in the historical center of Quito for Easter (below).
At other times I was surprised to find a folkloric dance contest staged at a school I went to visit to talk about our scholarship recipients.
Although maybe not the most well known Latin American country for dance performances, Ecuador certainly has a rich and lively folkloric dance tradition.