Dancing in Spain

In Spain there are many types of Spanish dances, however, the most popular dance is know as the Flamenco. In the 18th century the Gypsies originated the Flamenco as dance and music together. At first the music they used for this dance did not involve any instruments except for a long, dry stick that was held straight up and was tapped on the ground in rhythmical way. The songs they sang were to express profound emotions and feelings. Later in the 19th century the guitar was introduced to help accompany the songs. There are now many different forms of Flamenco dancing but Baile Flamenco dances were the first. It was used to portray the emotions of the lyrics of the songs through moving the body. They did this by an expressive use of the arms and stamping of there feet. Flamenco Gitano is another version of the Flamenco, which is usually performed at weddings and other celebrations. Flamenco Puro, which is more of a solo type dance and is more improvised movements then having choreography. Also, Classic Flamenco is the most frequently performed Flamenco dance, it has become as sophisticated as classic ballet. Modern Flamenco is very technical and it is required to have years of study to be able to perform it correctly. The most recent type of Flamenco dance is Flamenco Nuevo this requires the dance to have props and the dance uses influences from other types of dances. As we can see dancing is very important in Spain and other Hispanic countries.


One comment on “Dancing in Spain

  1. judithgarcia says:

    Hola Taylor:
    Muchas gracias por tu blog sobre el flamenco. I was curious to know about your connection to this topic. Do you like dancing? Remember to incorporate the connection of the topic to your life or how the interest emerged. Flamenco is truly a passionate artistic genre and many scholars link it with jazz in the sense that it was born out of the pain and suffering of oppressed people.

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