The roots of flamenco, though somewhat mysterious, seem to lie in the Roma migration from Rajasthan (in northwest India) to Spain between the 9th and 14th centuries. These migrants brought with them musical instruments, such as tambourines, bells, and wooden castanets, and an extensive repertoire of songs and dances.
Where does flamenco dance originate from?
Nobody really knows where the term “flamenco” originated, but all agree that the art form began in southern Spain—Andalusia and Murcia—but was also shaped by musicians and performers in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.
How did flamenco get its name?
According to the father of the autonomy of the region of Andalucia, the word “flamenco” was derived from the Arabic term “Felah-Mengus”, which together mean “wandering country person”.
What is the purpose of the flamenco?
Flamenco dancing can have many different purposes. Whether the dance is intended to be entertaining, romantic, or comforting, flamenco is a very emotional style of dance. Flamenco dancers try to express their deepest emotions by using body movements and facial expressions.
Where is flamenco dancing most popular in Spain?
Madrid, the showbiz capital – The capital of Spain is also the place to enjoy the very best flamenco. Madrid offers flamenco shows at all times of night and day, in theatres and tablaos, including the iconic Corral de la Morería.
Where do Gitanos come from?
The one ethnic minority of long standing in Spain is the Roma (Gypsies), who are known in Spain as Gitanos. Their traditional language is Caló. Many of them have assimilated into the mainstream of Spanish society, but others continue to lead their traditional…
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