Flamenco is a song, music and dance style which is rooted in the music of the migrant gypsies as a source of protest in their life time of persecution. Flamenco culture originated in Andalusia, in Southern Spain, but has since become one of the icons of Spanish music and even Spanish culture in general due to the growing popularity of the Spanish gypsy.
Originally, flamenco consisted of unaccompanied cante (singing). Later the songs were accompanied by guitarra flamenca (flamenco guitar), palmas (rhythmic hand clapping), zapateado (rhythmic feet stomping) and baile (dance) to arrive to the 50 different styles of flamenco, which vary depending on the region, the context or the artists.
The classification of flamenco forms is not entirely undebatable, but a common and convenient first classification is into three groups. The deepest, most serious forms are known as cante jondo (or cante grande), while relatively light, frivolous forms are called cante chico. Forms which do not fit into either category but lie somewhere between them are classified as cante intermedio. Many flamenco artists, including some considered to be amongst the greatest, have specialised in a single flamenco form.
Many of our students feel very proud once they have learnt Flamenco. However, it is a dance of pride and passion and anyone with those qualities will be very suited for this type of dance. You will be learning one of Spain’s most popular and traditional dances and that will make you feel much closer to the Spaniards as you will feel as though you are sharing part of their traditions and heritage.
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