Flamenco is a Spanish art, where singers and dancers express their emotions through music, dance and singing. The combination of guitars, castanets, voices, body movements and a lot of feeling make this dance something unique and enthralling. The rhythm is kept by the tap of the castanets, setting the pace of the dance.
Folk dance scholars say that Flamenco is a fusion of various cultures: Arabic, Jewish, Gypsy and Spanish. Declared as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, it is known worldwide as the typical dance of Spain.
The origin of the word is not well known. Many theories try to explain the origin of this word and currently, the most accepted theory comes from Blas Infante (a famous Spanish historian) who says that the word derives from the Arabic term Felah-Mengnus, which means wandering peasant.
Flamenco can be divided into three categories:
Flamenco Jondo (old flamenco); Classical Flamenco (more modern and using new techniques); Contemporary Flamenco (a mix of old and modern).
In addition, these categories are subdivided into Palos, which are the rhythmic structures that characterise Flamenco.
Flamenco is a passionate dance, where sadness and joy are interpreted through the voices and gestures of the musicians and dancers. Watching a true Spanish Flamenco show on the streets or in a theatre is an unforgettable experience.