La raspa

Lyrics - Spanish

(Mexican folk song)

La Raspa yo bailé al derecho y al revés.
Si quieres tú bailar, empieza a mover los pies.
Brinca, brinca, brinca también
Mueve, mueve mucho los pies.
Que la raspa vas a bailar
Al derecho y al revés.

English Translation

La Raspa I danced forwards and backwards.
If you want to dance, start moving your feet.
Jump, jump, jump too
Move, move her feet a lot.
that “la raspa” you are going to dance
To the right and the reverse.


You can do this with concentric circles, but I just have students find a partner and stand a few steps away from each other – anywhere in the room. (And I really don’t worry if students are using R or L feet.)

Section A: Hands on hips:

  • 4 beats: Jump on R foot, extend L heel forward,
  • Jump on L foot, extend R heel forward,
  • Jump on R foot, extend L heel forward
  • Freeze in place
  • Repeat pattern until next section

Section B:

  • R arm swing with partner (8 beats)
  • L arm swing with partner (8 beats)

Section A repeats

Section C: Stand facing partner, hands behind backs

  • 4 steps forward, 4 steps back (8 beats)

Section A repeats


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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6 thoughts on “La raspa”

  1. Valerie Hildabrand

    Have you ever done this with instruments added? Either percussion or xylophones? I’m looking at possibly doing this with 3rd grade.

    1. Valerie,
      No, I’ve never done this with Orff instruments. Do you mean you would have 3rd graders play the melody and accompaniment? That would have been too difficult for my students. But I would love to see a video if your kids can do it! 🙂

  2. Valerie Hildabrand

    No, they would do it along with an accompaniment. My 3rd graders wouldn’t be able to sustain the song by themselves. I was thinking some shakers, maracas, etc, possibly some orff playing just chord structure, root, something along those lines. Maybe something a little fancier in the instrumental break. I haven’t really mapped anything out yet. I was curious if you had dome something like that. We are combining our dance and music classes, so students will either sing, dance, or play instruments to the song. Thank you!

    1. Oh, interesting. So, you would accompany them on piano or guitar while they play? When I have done Orff arrangements, the students play independently. And, no, I have not had them play La Raspa. I hope it goes well for you! 🙂

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