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Flamenco Dances

The flamenco dance is an ethnic dance coming from the lower Iberian Peninsula. It is a musical style and an original dance influenced by different cultures or ethnic groups (gypsy, Moorish, jewish, Christian, latin….).

The flamenco gender was being formed during the 19th century, over the layer from the original music and dance from the south of Spain, whose origins are old and diverse. However, the flamenco is not among the popular dances (composed by seguidilla, fandangos, verdiales, trovos, etc.) but it is an artistic gender basically scenic. The coming up of the professional cantaores (singers) and the transformation of the popular songs by part of the gypsies, made their style be far considerably from the traditional tones, but without losing its popular flavor.

The gypsy influence, that in another time had its origin in the mythical neighborhood of the Sacromonte with its famous caves full of copper objects, also reaches Granada. The parties with flamenco dancing and singing arranged by the gypsies from the Sacromonte are known by the name of “Zambras”, and it is in its movements that the best known dance from our folclore is inspired: “La Reja”. The name refers to the iron gate in which the two people in love “pelaban la pava” chatted up. In the rhythm of a tanguillo, it makes homage to the city, the tower of La Vela, and the Virgin of the Angustias, patron saint of Granada.

Our Association counts with the following flamenco dances:

  • The Reja
  • The Mosca
  • The Cachucha
  • The Arbolá or Alboreá*
  • The Farruca
  • Fandango from Granada
  • The cuatro muleros (four mule boys)
  • The Vito
  • Tanguillos from Cádiz
  • Tanguillos from Jerez
  • Tanguillos from The Island*
  • Fandangos from Huelva
  • Sevillanas
  • Fandanguillo from Almeria
  • Soleares*

 

The dances marked with a * were rescued by members of the group of Coros y Danzas from the province of Granada among the 40s and the 70s and are found in our files, but today they do not take part of our active collection from the Association. A process has begun to catch up these dances.

 

 

 

 

 

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