Flamenco Dance

Although less known than their dance siblings, the Flamenco dance is an art form that has been handed down for generations. It’s rich history and textured culture lends beauty to this exciting and dramatic dance form.

Flamenco Dance Form

Where did the Flamenco dance originate from? There are a few theories that arise to the birth of flamenco. One is that the flamenco is derived from the beautiful bird of Southern Spain called Greater Flamingo. And since the flamenco has been danced by people in that region, it is a logical explanation of the dance’s origin.

Another version tells of Flemish soldiers known for their overbearing confidence and style that have come to be known as “flamencos”. These qualities, though less than pleasing to some groups of people, have come to mark the gypsy people—a people that the flamenco dance is attributed to.

Gypsy Flamenco Dance

Gypsies are a nomadic tribe from India that migrated to Europe around the 14th century. The people in this group are said to be comprised largely of “untouchables” in the Indian caste system, most of which are performers of just about every type of art. This is why when you talk about gypsies today, you still have a picture of exotic people who stage street shows and perform a variety of acts to entertain people.

When it was first recognized as a dance, the Flamenco did not have music. It was a dance which moves by the sound of clapping or the Palmas, a percussive instrument induced by the rapping of the knuckles. The guitar eventually came to accompany this dance at the turn of the 19th century.

Watching a Flamenco Dance

As you can imagine with such a rich culture, the flamenco is an interesting dance to watch. They share a lot of similarities to African music and Middle Eastern look. However unlike most dances, the flamenco is a forceful, explosive and almost masculine dance, free from the common hip swinging dances we have come to recognize in most types of dances.

In any case, this exotic and beautiful dance have found its way to our popular culture and hearts in the centuries after its birth. Find out more about the Flamenco dance and other types of dances when you click on the links in this page today.

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