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Liking Portuguese dance for its own sake

A Dança Portuguesa a Gostar dela Própria (Liking Portuguese dance for its own sake) is a research project, creating a video register and promoting all the different dance styles from the whole country.

A Dança Portuguesa a Gostar Dela Própria collects traditional Portuguese dances danced by folklore groups and other kinds of dance groups, who are the protagonists in the preservation of traditional choreographies. However, this project also includes traditional dances of other origin which are currently danced in our country, as well as urban and contemporary dances.

A Dança Portuguesa a Gostar Dela Própria aims at preserving traditional dance and music, fusing it with contemporary elements and making it appealing and accessible for a wide range of audiences. Besides, this project tries to initiate reflection about the role of dance as a tool to find identity, to value traditional knowledge, to express oneself, and to recognise and interact with others.

A Dança Portuguesa a Gostar Dela Própria also continues the mission of PédeXumbo, the promotion of traditional music and dance in Portugal. It is the first element of a portal for dances, which provides detailed information on the music and choreographies and sheds light on their backgrounds, their origins and the people behind them.

Enter this virtual laboratory, experiment, discover and dance on a choreographic journey through Portugal and contribute keeping Portuguese dance alive and dynamic.

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Pedro Pereira Leite (2021, 23 Junho). Liking Portuguese dance for its own sake. Museum on Education and Diversity. Recuperado em 19 de Junho de 2024, de

Por Pedro Pereira Leite

Pedro Pereira Leite:
Guest Professor at Lusophone University where he is a member of the executive board of the UNITWIN Chair of UNESCO "Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity" (2018-2022). He has been a professor in the PhD and Master's programs in Museology since 2011. He is currently promoting the installation of the MED Museum of Global Education and Cultural Diversity, a program to include local knowledge and memories to create sustainable communities.
He is Member of the Direction of the International Movement for a New Museology (MINOM / ICOM). Integrates the member bodies of ICOM Portugal (2014 - 2020). He is part of several research networks and has collaborated with the UNESCO School Network and the Educating Cities Network in Portugal. It develops research activity in Portugal, Spain, Brazil and in Mozambique.
It maintains the research book Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity ( and Social Museology and Ecomuseus in Portugal (
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