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Flamenco Dancing from Spain

Agustina Pascual from Spain

singing and clapping
Photo: Stephen Wong
In Granada, you can see Flamenco in typical caves where families of gypsy people lived in ancient times.

Flamenco is a typical dance and music in the south of Spain, concretely in the Andalusian region. It was brought to Spain by gypsy people coming from Eastern Europe in the 15th century.

The roots of Flamenco come from different cultures and countries such as Morocco, Egypt, and India; but the first traces of flamenco in Spain date to 1760. Among the Spanish cities with more tradition in Flamenco are Cadiz, Granada, and Sevilla.

The three principle things needed to do flamenco are a good singer, a Spanish guitar, and a good dancer. Normally, the scene of a flamenco show is a plank floor (tablao flamenco), and it can be in any theater or bar...but for something different in Granada, you can see Flamenco in typical caves where families of gypsy people lived in ancient times.

singer guitarist dancer
Photos: Stephen Wong
The three principle things needed to do flamenco are a good singer, a Spanish guitar, and a good dancer.

Flamenco is divided into two groups, the group of singers and the group of dancers. The group of singers is normally formed of men who sing and play the Spanish guitar.

The women help them by clapping their hands. The men usually wear black suits, and the soles of their shoes are metal.

The group of dancers is usually formed of women; they wear beautiful and colorful flounce dresses. The most beautiful thing in this part is how fast they can move their feet and the sound you can listen to. The sound of the shoes has the same rhythm as the music. It's wonderful! It's common, too, to see a couple of dancers—a girl and a boy dancing together.

Flamenco dancers
Photo: Stephen Wong
The group of dancers is usually formed of women. They wear beautiful and colorful flounce dresses.


 

From personal experience, I would like to describe a night in Granada when we decided to go to see a Flamenco show. As I said, in Granada the scene is a cave, and that makes you feel different.

The sound of the music with the sounds from the soles of the dancers' shoes made me feel happy. The people watching were trying to clap to the rhythm of the music, but it's impossible to do it because this art is just for professional people.

We saw the joy of the gypsy people. They were happy and charming and they transmitted this to us with their music. Flamenco is definitely a great art!

 
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