Flamenco is one genre of Spanish music. It?s a world in itself of a kaleidoscope of beats, tones, movements, what in everyday dance terminology we might refer to as choreographies. Just to name a couple;
- "Sevillanas" derived from the older "Seguidilla" was a folk dance later influenced by flamenco. This is a light hearted dance usually done between couples and very popular at "ferias" (fairs).
- "Alegrias" follow a lively beat and a strict structure not always found in other flamenco dances.
- "Martinetes" are sung with no accompaniment except percussion often carried out with a hammer and anvil.
Flamenco is not only a dance form or music and rhythms; it?s a way of life.
Much like the "ragas" in Indian classical it?s almost impossible to explain the breakdown of beats - zapateado - arm movements ? in plain English. One must live and experience it to even begin understanding this.
Within each "dance form" you mould it to express yourself - this is where freedom comes in.
Flamenco for me translates into "passion"; passion for life. After all what is life if we don?t transmit and share every expression of living: love, despair, pain, suffering, helplessness and joy ? flamenco gives me the freedom to do this.