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What is the flamenco dance?
The flamenco dance is a dance of the Spanish artistic genre, especially appreciated for their movements emotional using the arms and by the rhythmic feet blows, and the display of virtuosity and beauty using castanets or fans. The dance is mainly improvised around the rhythm or "stick" flamenco.
This dance finds its origin in the mid-18th century, although presumed to exist since long before. This form of dance was born in the Spanish province of Andalusia, in the midst of a community made up of people of diverse cultures, acquiring characteristics from all of them, intermingling to come up with a formula of enough intensity. This community was composed of Gypsies, Jews, Arabs and Christians, therefore, it is a dance that mixes features of local music culture, the edges of the synagogue, sound Arab and black culture, thanks to travelers making a stop before arriving at the port of Cadiz. However, are the Gypsies who appear as big broadcasters of this dance, since it was they who managed more successfully to the fusion of rhythms as diverse in one single.
Given the origin of the Flemish dance, it is not very difficult to understand the intensity is transmitted. Through the movement reflects feelings such as love and heartbreak, despair and calm, as well as also joy and pain, which found its raison d'etre in the marginalization of the people that are born Flamenco rhythms.
In the context of the Spanish war of independence, in the early 19th century, and the political events that followed, created an enormous amount of songs and dances in local theatres, which had a strong influence and contributed to the consolidation of the true Flamenco personality.
In this way, were emerging shows that could not be rated within the Ballroom, nor as a café singer shows. However, it was not until April 1856 that became Flamenco as gender to classify this type of assemblies, which was formerly known as cantes and Andalusian dances.
The flamenco dance is set to a dance in which movements of hands, feet and arms should be of high accuracy, although the dancer should be able to also have the flexibility to improvise within certain margins, and guidelines. Typically male movements are characterized by the zapateo, a constant exchange of steps and patters of plant and heel.
The dance is accompanied by the guitar and a voice that tells stories in the first person. Thus singing, guitar and dance come together and blend into an artistic expression of high emotional intensity that has been recognized in the whole world.