Declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity, this art is a benchmark for Andalusia and one of the most appreciated cultural manifestations in the world. A genre to enjoy and why not, also to learn to dance flamenco and get closer to this discipline.
For many, the feelings and passion that flamenco gives off are an attraction that makes them consider going a step further and launch into learning to dance flamenco. It is not an easy task, but with time, perseverance and practice it is possible to master some of the techniques of the great artists.
When you consider learning to dance flamenco, perhaps the question arises: where do I start? It is advisable to start by “listening” to the bars, although the most common and complicated part of this art is the 12-beat bar.
The compass is the one that will determine the flamenco dance and it is nothing more than the division of the beats, made up of accents (more pronounced pulses) and other weaker ones. The artists usually identify the compás almost at the moment they start to hear the guitar or hear the singer’s tone, but you can always help yourself with the palmas (rhythmic clapping) to know which style of flamenco you are going to find.
You can make a simpler sound, marking the accent with a stronger palmada, or dare to use the palmas repiqueteadas, in whose execution two or more people take part and coordinate, each one carrying their own rhythm and forming a compass and a curious sound that is very characteristic of flamenco.
Hence the importance of the figure of the palmero, who usually appears in the flamenco groups and marks the dance with his rhythm, as well as being part of the setting.
You already control the rhythm and the clapping? Perfect! Let’s go with the following elements.
Thanks to our online flamenco courses, one of ‘Rumba Flamenca’ and one of ‘Initiation to the Sevillanas’, you will be able to learn to dance flamenco at your own pace and stopping at every step until you perfect it. Our teacher and dancer Marisa Risu, will give you the keys to understand the rhythms, perform the movements and place the feet and hands; everything you need to be able to perform a complete choreography on your own at the end of the video.
Before starting the course, we recommend these tips to learn to dance flamenco like a professional:
If you are able to accompany the braceo with the sound of castanets, you are already a professional! Although it is more difficult than it seems, as it requires great coordination.
During the marking, the strongest rhythms (i.e. accents) are emphasized, following the rhythm that marks the singing, playing or clapping and including braceo, turns and hip movements.
It can be done in certain parts during the performance: for example, in the sevillanas it is done in the third one, in the bulería they are more common, due to the rhythmic and festive character of this one. They can be short moments or be part of a longer combination, which is then called “escobilla“.
These are the three most important elements to learn how to dance flamenco, although there are several things to take into account:
And, of course, you must not forget that these techniques are the basis. In order to learn to dance flamenco you have to let yourself be carried away by the beat, feel the music, live this art. Improvisation is one of the most important parts and, once you let go, you start to bring out the flamenco duende inside you.
If you want to learn to dance a complete sequence of a good rumba flamenca or the first of the four parts of the sevillanas, take a look at our online flamenco courses and learn from any corner of the world from the hand of an authentic flamenco dancer. Olé!
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