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Tarantella dance classes

Do not miss the opportunity to join a Tarantella dance class with the dancers of the Sorrento Musical! You will learn how to dance the steps of this dance! It’s not just a fantasy but a real opportunity that only our theater offers, organizing private lessons with the Sorrento Musical show dancers!
During the lesson you will learn the steps of a famous kind of tarantella and dance together with professional dancers

The story of the Tarantella

Tarantella is a traditional dance of the southern regions that originated in Naples in the early ‘700. It is danced by couple, with tambourines and castanets at rhythm and fast time!

The historical origins associates the birth of the tarantella to the city of Taranto, according to some scholars one of the first centers where this dance spread, in fact the dance is associated to the phenomenon of Apulia tarantism. The name “tarantella” comes from “taranta”, a dialectical term for a poisonous spider, the tarantula, spread in Southern Europe. Legend tells that those who were bitten by a tarantula tended to exaggerated dynamism until they had hysterical crises. At the dance of the tarantella then was attributed a beneficial power because through the insistence of the practice of this dance was expelled, through sweat, poison from the body of the affected person.


There are various types of tarantella in the countries of central and southern Italy and each has its own typicality. The tarantella of Sorrento dates back to the seventeenth century and according to some legends its erotic movements would be served to sirens to wield Ulysses

Many composers have been inspired by the rhythms of southern traditions, among them the most famous is Gioachino Rossini, with La danza.

The instruments of the tarantella

The typical instruments of the tarantella are: the tambourine, the castanets, the mandolin, the accordion, the tricheballacche, the scetavajasse and the putipu.

In the Neapolitan dialect when mentioning the tarantella very often is not the folk dance we talked about! The word Tarantella is used in the Neapolitan jargon as a synonym of problem, in reference to a trouble or a annoying situation to be solved! If it happens to hear in the alleys of Naples such expressions as “na tarantell” or “mo facimm e tarantell”, be sure that no one is thinking about having a dance !!

Shows Outdoor

The Tasso Theater opens the doors to the outside: the performers with their skills will be glad to entertain your guests in special events such as ceremonies, conferences, gala dinners and other special occasions.
Stages of other theaters, squares, cruise ships, or hotel and restaurants  will be enchanted by the warmth of the melodies of the traditional Neapolitan music and the Tarantella rhythm, as is it happens every evening at the Tasso theater with the Sorrento Musical show.
There are many proposals and combinations. The gallery presents the character of “Pazziariello”, and  the “Posteggia “(live enterateinment from 1 to 4 orchestral) accompanied by dancers (1 or more couple) until you can get a show from 30 minutes up. The wide repertoire makes that, depending on the needs, the show lasts for 30 to 120 minutes and it is offered in various artistic combinations.

Posteggia & Pazzariello


This Musical performance was typically held by Neapolitan artists in banquets, ceremonies and wherever their presence was required in order to cheer the different events.

Their repertoire was mostly made up of popular Neapolitan songs and music performed with guitars, mandolins and voice.

This show is revived in various combinations by the artists of Teatro Tasso:

• just musicians: the number of components ranging from two to four musicians who play guitar, mandolin and accordion;

• show with musicians and dancers of the Tarantella: the number of musicians varies from two to four while the pairs of dancers varies from three to five.


Another character who fits perfectly in the show is the “Pazzariello”.

Character of the Neapolitan theater, the predecessor of the carousels and commercials, is a direct heir of the heralds of the Middle Ages. He drew from authors such as Eduardo Scarpetta, Eduardo de Filippo and the great Raffaele Viviani. The inauguration of a new store, the start of a promotional campaign, the arrival of new products were announced by this character who staged, in every alley, an impromptu show.

The Pazzariello is proposed in the Teatro Tasso flamboyant dress of the great admiral, and cocked hat with frogs: holding the scepter and is accompanied by classical musicians. Joyfully welcomes guests with its wealth of popular sayings, proclamations, jokes and songs.