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Transcript of The Fandango
Origin of the Fandango
This lively folk dance originated in Andalusia in Spain in 1705, when the first known record of the melody of the Fandango was used in the book `Libro de differentes cifras de guitar (book of different guitar melodies) The dance itself was first documented by a spanish priest Martin Marti in 1712. This spanish dance was first performed on the stage in 1712 as part of a theatrical work in the spanish city of Seville.
The Fandango was developed in the 18th century as a dance for couples. One can sing or dance the Fandango and is accompanied by a guitar and castenets or hand clapping . The Fandango dance became so popular that many variations of this dance styles developed. The Fandangos grandes or big fandangos were performed by couples. It started slowly and gradually increased in speed. The Fandanguillos or Little Fandangos on the other hand, were more festive and lively.
Each region in Spain has developed its own style of the dance The version of the Fandango in Huleva is called the Huleva The version of this dance in the city of Malaga is called the Malaga. Portugal also has a counterpart of the Fandango which is one of the most important portugese folk dances.
Philippines which once used to be a spanish colony has its own version of the fandango dance called Pandanggo sa ilaw (or Fandango with lights. In this dance, the dancers dont use castenets instead they carry candles in glasses. While performing, they swing these glasses with the candles in the air.
The Fandango is a passionate dance often performed by two dancers. The partners taunt each other by following their steps add gestures. A fandango between two men is often a competition of their dancing skills. The first dancer creates the rhythm and the steps and the second dancer uses the same rhythm to create a better dance . That is why the word Fandango is synonymous with a quarrel or an argument.
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