African dances are particularly important as well, as many Grenadians have been able to maintain their tribal heritage throughout the years. Each tribe has its own unique drum and dance style. These are often performed at Big Drum festivals. Carnival is an important time to remember song and dance, as well.
Grenadians' mixed heritage has given the islanders a culture all their own. From their two Carnival celebrations to the folklore and personal histories passed down in family memories, you're sure to get a truly Caribbean feel from this spirited mix.
FOLK DANCES IN GRENADA
1. BELE FOLK DANCE: Beautiful, the name that describes the dance. This dance was a social dance done by women and was seed to be French origin with a little African influence. The movements of the dance are very soft and flirtatious.
2.BONGO:The Bongo dance is a dance of strength and is done by males. This dance was dance in the village to settle disputes as well as when someone dies at the home of the deceased (Wake) to allow the passage of the spirit from one world to the next.
3.PIQUE: Fast Creole dance for couples choreograph by African movements, this dance has strong sexual movements mainly hip and pelvic movements by both male and female dance. Due to the sexual content of the dance the children was not allowed to see are be a part of this dance hence the reason the dance was done late evening.
4.KALINDA: A dance of purpose and vengeance. This dance is performed with dancing, singing and dancing. Stick fighting is the most prominent feature of the Kalinda, which is a duelling dance between two men who have issues to settle are to prove superior amount them self. The stick fight takes place in a circle formed by villagers; the movements of the dance are very strong and can be very bloody in the end. The dance id done to drum music and singing and chanting. Before this dance take place the fighter will be notified by a tre send to him.
5.CHAMBA/ TENME: Are part of the Nation Dances in Grenada Chamba dance is similar to the Pique dance and is also a couple dance and the Temne was dance alone , both dances does not have much movements and are done by singing and drumming.
6.BIG DRUM NATION DANCE: A significant feature of the Carriacou Folk Culture is extent to which the African connection has been preserved. The African Nation Dance popularly known as the Big Drum, the cultural practises have emerged from the melting pot of African influences, is predominant. The drums are called Big Drum because of the tide of humanity moved across the Atlantic in the seventeenth century when the Caribbean became a transplanted race. The Africans were found to have the largest of or biggest drums in existence at the time.
The dance is a social dance and is done at pre- wedding ceremonies, a maroon or tombstone feast and is done out door. The dance is done by nation
7.QUADRILLE: The Quadrille dance is of French origin and is similar to the Lancer, this dance is characterise by sets , and timed movements this dance is a formal recreational dance and is done by a couple
8.SHANGO: The Shango religious dance is of West African Origin from Yoruba. It is a religious dance, part of the Shango Religion. This dance is done to enhance religious ritual, to invoke spirit and also to invoke the dead. The dance is done in Red and White long sleeves garment. The accompaniment is drums, shac-shac (maracas), clapping, tambourines, humming and chanting. Rice, flowers, bowly, candle and a bell is also used to enhance the performance.