Flamenco Dance

Flamenco dance, also known as baile, is a form of Spanish dance. It can be a very expensive and difficult form of dance. This is a solo dance that contains hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm, and body movements.

Flamenco Technique

The dance comes from the Indian, Arabic, and Spanish cultures. The most popular moves consist of rhythmic feet stomping and sweeping arm movements. There is not one single flamenco dance, but there is a strict framework of rhythmic patterns. These take a lot of time and practice to make perfect. Steps performed are based on the traditions of the song being danced to. Flamenco songs let a dancer show the emotions they feel while they are dancing. 

The Flamenco Dancer

Flamenco dancers are also known as bailaores  and bailaoras. At the beginning of a song a dancer normally stands still and emotionless. Once a dancer starts feeling the dance, they will start with a steady beat of loud clapping. Then the emotions of the dance grows and the dancer will begin  passionate dance moves. This includes some fierce stomping and graceful arm movements. Castanets, for clicking, and folding fans, for visual impact, are also often used.

Learning Flamenco

The most important skill to have when learning to dance is patience. Flamenco dancing is a difficult dance to make perfect. Along with the intricate steps, one must also learn to feel the emotions of a song and then be able to show them to an audience. You want them to be able to feel the song’s and your own innermost emotions. With a good and knowledgeable instructor, one will be able to learn to perform the flamenco dance.

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