Originating in the 16th century, the dance has been an outlet for the poor and oppressed. This may be a result of the flamenco’s tumultuous begins.
Thrown together by their expulsion in the 1492 at the start of the Reconquista and their location, the Gypsys, the Moors (or Arabs), the Jews, and the indigenous Andalusians created this fusion of influence that led to the flamenco in Anadulcia (Southern portion of Spain).
In the past, the flamenco was accompanied by bandurria, violin and tambourine. Later on, the guitar became the more predominate instrument.
Even though flamenco started in the late 15th century and a cafe cantante (a place flamenco was performed) also opened during this time, the flamenco and the cafe cantantes did not become popular until the second half of the 19th century. That is when the flamenco began to spread.
Today, flamenco has spread from the Andalusian region to all over Spain. It is one of Spain’s greatest attractions and has become a symbol of the nation.
A mixture of clapping, singing, and the guitar, the dancer has a number aspects to keep in mind. They must keep the rhythm, clap, move their arms, tap their feet, and let the emotion of the piece take over their rigid movements. The number of aspects of this dance makes it important to visit a dance class to learn. However, if you want to give it a try on your own, here are some introduction how-to videos:
More video found by this Senora can be found on youtube.
Now, last but certainly not least, to see some professionals at work and very well done flamenco, click here!