Flamenco is the expression of the gypsy people in Spain. It is inspired by the Andalusian culture and manifests itself through singing, guitar playing, and dancing. The flamenco music and the flamenco dance together form a symbiosis. The flamenco dance presents itself mysteriously. It is shaped by deep feelings and is very expressive. Typical for this dance is:
- the stepping (zapateado)
- hand movements (muñequeo)
- expressiveness and temperament
Within the musical flamenco panorama there are various dance pieces (palos), which differ in beat (type and emphasis), speed of rhythm, origin, text or melody. Nowadays, Flamenco is influenced and shaped by other dance styles such as ballet or modern dance.
The Four Dance Styles of Danza Española:
01. La Escuela Bolera
Created by the Spanish folk dances and influenced by classical ballet, the escuela bolera is considered the “true” Spanish classical ballet. It is one of the most precious cultural assets that Spain has in the field of dance.
02. Las Danzas Regionales (Folk Dances)
Each region in Spain has its own unique style and a typical way of dancing. One of the most common dances in Spain is the jota.
03. La Danza Estilizada
Danza estilizada was founded at the beginning of the 20th century. It is the first Spanish dance style to have made its way to the great stages of the world and delights every audience. Danza estilizada is the free composition of steps and choreographies based on folk dances, flamenco, and escuela bolera.
04. El baile Flamenco
» see Flamenco