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Amelia Barrow

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A Traditional Dance The Flamenco Flamenco's Origin The dance was originally started in the lower societies of Andalusia, Spain. Andalusia is mountain range in the southern part of Spain. Andalusia is the heartland of Flamenco, although it also has roots in regions such as Murcia and Extremadura. The Music Flamenco is usually accompanied by many instruments. Guitar, lutes, and the castanets are all part of the Flamenco tradition. On the guitar, the traditional notes played were E and A. But later as it evolved, F sharp, B, and C sharp was introduced. The castanets are worn on the thumb and the index finger and the fingers are moved in a pinching motion. The tempo is very emotional and is usually, instead of being mechanical, is felt by the dancer, making it similar to jazz and blues. Costumes The costumes worn by the traditional Flamenco dancers are usually very colorful. The female dancers wear ankle length dresses or Bata de Colas with extravagant ruffles or frills. The Bata de Cola is a ten pound skirt that trails five feet behind the dancer. Men, on the other hand, wear black, short jackets or vests and tight fitting pants. In new forms of Flamenco, some men can be seen preforming with no shirts! Also, to get a loud, tapping sound when the dancers preform, they wear special shoes with nails in the soles. The Dance Flamenco is a dance of passion and it expresses a wide range of situations ranging from sadness to hapiness. The technique is complex and it depends on whether the performer is male or female. Male dancers generally have heavier use of the feet and female dancers use gentler, more graceful movements. Also, hand and wrist movement is a big part of this tradition, and you can almost always see female dancers moving their hands in the position shown in the picture. (next slide) Cante Cante is a form of song that is sung mostly by men. It expresses different feelings, such as grief, joy, fear, and rejoicing. The feeling in the songs are originally influenced by the struggle between two regions. In 1492 the prosecution of the Jews was acted upon, and this influenced Cante greatly. The Timeline of Flamenco What Is Flamenco? Flamenco is an artistic expression combining song , dance, and instruments. Most of the flamenco is influenced by other cultures, such as Latin America, Cuba, and Jewish traditions. For many years the Spanish had been trying to get the Gypsies to abandon their culture, and religions. The Spanish Monarchy had no tolerance for the Gypsies and they were placed in ghettos. During that time, the Gypsies had time to develop and purify their dance. In 1782, the Leniency Edict of Charles III freed the Gypsy people from their confinement. In the years to follow, the now free Gypsies shared the Flamenco with the rest of Spain. Later in 1800-1930 the dance was spread to Buenos Aires, La Plata, Rosario, and Argentina. Thanks for watching!!
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