The group of Coros y Danzas La Encina was born as a result of the conversion of the group founded by the female section in Olivenza in 1943 by Choni Ramallo de La Granja and Antonio González “Mantequiña”. It has the honour of being one of the oldest groups in the region of Extremadura and a long career in regional, national and international festivals. We can highlight several important points of this group, but one of the most outstanding is undoubtedly its contribution of the most significant and identifying choreographies and music of the Extremadura Region: El Candil, La Uva, Corridiños, Sayas and a long etcetera, with a marked bicultural character. All this is due to the Spanish-Portuguese mixture that underlies Olivenza throughout its history due to its proximity to Portugal.
The philosophy of La Encina is the perpetuation, research and conservation of the traditional dances and music of Extremadura, especially the legacy of Olivenza’s folklore that the group possesses. To this end, the association has a dance academy for children and adults and a dance group. In total, the dance activities are currently attended by approximately 150 people. The titular group shows approximately (according to artistic needs), about 13 mixed couples.
On the other hand, the musical ensemble consists of a varied number of instruments. About 20 musicians play the different music and wide sound styles that enrich the region of Extremadura.
Corridiños, Viras, fandangos, Jotas, Rondeñas and many traditional styles make up the staging of La Encina. A total of 16 dances choreographed and collected by the group since its beginnings in Olivenza where many of them are an important and representative part of the folklore of the whole region of Extremadura.