Makila txikiena
Makila handiena
Uztai txikiena
Uztai handiena
Doinu zaharrak
Punta motz
Ehun eta bikoa

The leader of the group holds the baton of authority in his hands. The rest of the performers dance holding nothing in their hands. In the 20th century, the dance has also been performed by women, in this case they normally carry a white handkerchief in their hands.

         the leader´s baton

The baton carried by the leader or director of the group is the leader's
“N.B.: The director, Mr.José Antonio Olano, will signal the start of each part by dancing at the head of the group with a baton similar to that of the drum major”.
That is what was stated in the hand-written programme published for the performance that the brokel-dantza dantzaris put on in Bilbao in 1858. Therefore, the baton of authority brandished by the leader of the dance group is similar to the one used by the drum major. It is a makila or baton, that is decorated in red and white, with a wooden ball on the bottom and bright ribbons hanging from the top. The batons used today are about 45 centimetres long, but longer ones have also been used. In Beasain, the leader of the Loinaz ezpatadantzaris used a similar baton locally known as “bolea”. As is the case in the brokel-dantza, the baton used in recent years in Beasain is smaller.

The buruzagi-makila or leader’s baton is used as a baton of authority. It is used to identify the leader and occasionally to direct the dancers’ performance. For example, once the leader has finished his individual performance, he proceeds to announce the group's performance by raising the baton to the sound of the "deia" (call) played by the txistularis.


If the “dantzaris” are male they do not use any implements (except for the baton that the leader carries). The women on the other hand normally dance with a white handkerchief in each hand. When they carry out the “ paseo de txingo” as they lift their leg up they raise the hand with the handkerchief to the side of the upraised leg moving it from back to front and then later from front to back while shaking it