No trip to Spain would be complete without experiencing the amazing and intriguing art of an authentic Flamenco dance. The contagiousness of the emotions that explode out of the performers is difficult to put into words. It is something that you need to experience in person.
There is something about the beautiful sound of the Spanish guitars accompanied by the unique rhythm that will leave you feeling great. The beat in itself is intriguing. Most music uses drums in order to mark its beat. However, flamenco music traditionally uses a combination of rhythmic clapping, stomping of the dancers feet, and the clinging of the castanets on the fingers of the elegant and beautiful flamenco dancers.
Flamenco separates itself from many of the other latin dances such as Salsa, Merengue, Samba, etc. However, it does hold many similarities to some traditional folk dance that can be found in South America.
The exact origins of flamenco music and dance are disputable, however, all agree that it originated in southern Spain. It is also well known and documented that it was developed in the Andalusia area by the Roma people — better known as Gypsies.
It is very enjoyable to learn to dance flamenco, however, the professionals are on a completely different level. In fact most of them don’t reach their full potential until they are in their thirties!
If you are planning a trip to Spain you can not leave before you have experienced the emotion of an authentic Flamenco dance. Who knows you may become “infected” by the emotion that you decide to learn some of the basics of flamenco dancing.