Sevilla is one of Spain’s flamenco capitals--the Barrio de Triana on the western bank of the Guadalquivir River is considered the birthplace of flamenco. In addition to flamenco, sevillanas is another prominent dance in Andalucía.These sevillanas are dressed in typical bright-colored flamenco dresses, or trajes de flamenca. They also wear shawls called a mantón de manila.
Flamenco, a mixture of music and dance, is a spontaneous expression of joy, alegría, and sorrow in everyday life. Flamenco was born in gypsy communities of southern Andalucía in the mid-18th century after tribes from India, North Africa and Egypt migrated to Spain in the Middle Ages (1).
This sensuous, spicy and emotionally intense dance is often associated
with the marginalized lifestyle of the gypsies, or gitanos. Flamenco
incorporates expert footwork and intricate, fluid arm, hand and wrist
Sevillanas is considered the folk dance of Sevilla with sultry, sensuous movements. This spontaneous, more casual dance is often seen at festivals, or ferías, and danced between men and women or a pair of female friends. It involves more basic and easier-to-learn steps but also incorporates complex hand movements.
Where to Find FlamencoThere are numerous bars where you can catch impromptu, authentic dancing.
Clases de Baile: Flamenco and SevillanasIf you will be staying in Sevilla for a month or more, you may want to check out sevillanas and flamenco classes.
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