A video on how to Flamenco Dance!
PUBLISHED: 13:56 26 July 2010 | UPDATED: 10:30 21 February 2013
Flamenco music has enchanted people from all over the world, and has been a source of inspiration for international musicians and stars. It is a unique spectacle, captivating for all. Here is a video on how to Flamenco Dance!
Hooked on Flamenco
Pure sentiment and profound passion. This is flamenco, a genuine Spanish musical art that is universally renowned. Anyone who hears flamenco cannot help but admire it. In Spain there are many ways to feel its energy and contagious rhythm; to discover its characters and the grandeur of this musical genre, that will hook you forever.
Flamenco music has enchanted people from all over the world, and has been a source of inspiration for international musicians and stars. It is a unique spectacle, captivating for all. Flamenco brings together the sound of deep song, accompanying guitar, a powerful kind of tap dance, complex, clapped rhythms and the spectacular dance of major artists, many anonymous. You will notice how you are unconsciously infected by the emotion and feeling that this musical genre transmits. It is not a homogenous form of music. Rather, it consists of a number of variants (called "palos") such as tarantos, buleras, alegras and soleares. These are diverse styles that, together, form a Spanish sign of identity, a musical genre capable of expressing the passion of an entire people.
The fascinating world of flamenco clubs
Be sure to come to a "tablao" (flamenco club) and enjoy a night of flamenco music. These clubs are dedicated to flamenco singing and dance, and are usually decorated with traditional items, Manila shawls, bullfighting capes, photographs of famous people who have visited... All coming together to create a very special, cosy atmosphere during the performances. At these clubs you can also have a drink or sample Spanish gastronomy with some tapas or a full dinner. There are many clubs of this type in Spain. They are especially prevalent in Andalusia although there are others, such as those in Madrid, for example, which are also very well known. We would recommend you contact the Tourist Offices to get prior information. These clubs tend to be quite small with limited capacity, so you should book a table in advance.
Andalusia is the spiritual home of flamenco, with Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz and Triana (a neighbourhood of Seville) being the emblematic places that saw the birth of the genre. This Region is home to the Flamenco Routes: themed itineraries that will take you to Andalusia's most traditional flamenco destinations, along with the places where major legends of the genre, such as Camarn de la Isla and Paco de Luca, grew up and gained their inspiration. These routes also give you the chance to attend theoretical and practical sessions given by different artists as part of the teaching programmes organised periodically. You can attend free of charge, with prior enrolment by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (+34 951299357). Furthermore, at the Flamenco Routes website you will find a directory with information on dance schools and academies, "tablaos", shows and flamenco associations.