Italian Folklore Music
It literally means "tarantula."

The Tarantella Dance music is probably the most recognized song of all the Italian folklore music. It literally means "tarantula" because the dance is done by everyone in a great big circle going clockwise, until the music in the set changes, becomes faster, then they quickly change direction to counterclockwise, this continues several times and is fun to see who keeps up.

Generally played with strong mandolin (Italian guitar) presence, each region has its own version. For example the most popular version you will undoubtedly hear most frequently is the Napoletana version (that from the region of Naples). The Sicilian tarantella (Conco d' Ora) is quite different, but has similar melody.

The Foundation PREVIOUSLY formed a Tarantella Dance Group that in the past has performed for Foundation functions and also at many community functions over the years. While the Foundation's Tarantella Dance Group is no longer together,  the Tarentella Folk Dance is still one of the most well known Italian dances.

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