Colourful Flamenco Dance

About Flamenco

Flamenco is a very popular and expressive form of dancing. It is originated in India and flourished in mostly in Spain,Argentina and their neibouring countries. Its roots are found many europian countries too. It has become a very well-known folk art form all over the world. France and the USA now host numerous flamenco festivals and Japan has more flamenco academies. In addition, flamenco has recently been declared as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Most of today’s flamencologists will agree that the baile flamenco has descended from the ancient dances of the Indian Hindus.

Although the flamenco dance has shed many of the elements of the Indian religious dances that will unfold a story with set eye and facial movements, it does still have similarities with the Indian dance.

The early flamenco dancers, especially the woman, concentrated more on the upper body and arm movements, similar to that of the Indian Bharata Natya, where the dance is focused on arm movements and facial expressions.

Also from India is the Kathuk, which is a dance performed by men and woman, where the very intricate footwork has similarities to the zapateado in flamenco.

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