The chotis is Madrid’s traditional dance. However, it was not invented here and we can actually find an etymological ‘trap’ that seems to indicate that its origin is also not authentic.
It turns out that chotis comes from schottisch, not from Scotland but rather from Bohemia, more specifically from Vienna. It became popular throughout almost the whole of Europe during the 19th century, and from here it extended to Latin America, where today we can still find the schotis in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay; the xote in Brazil and the shotis in Mexico.
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