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What is Spanish Dance?
Spanish Dance is a complex dance form, difficult to explain in a single paragraph.  Basically, Spanish dance can be categorized in 6 groups, which are Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance (“Estilización”), Folklore, Eighteenth Century Dances, Ballet (Classical Dance), and Castanets. 
 
Flamenco

By far, Flamenco is the best-known Spanish dance form due to the many dancers (“bailaores”) and musicians performing this genre.  As a result, Flamenco has eclipsed the performance of other Spanish dance forms outside of Spain.  Our focus is to teach and perform Flamenco and all of the other Spanish dance forms, considered by many to be Spanish heritage treasures. 
 
Classical Spanish Dance

Classical Spanish Dance encompasses sophisticated choreography of Classical Music by great Spanish composers such as Manuel de Falla, Albéniz, Granados, and Turina.  Dancers wear either Spanish dance shoes or Ballet shoes, often while playing the castanets.  The dance blends Flamenco, Folklore, and Classical Ballet. 
 
Folklore

Spanish Folklore is very diverse.  Each region of Spain has its own dances, some of which are centuries old.  These dances include the “muñeira” from Galicia, the “verdiales” from Málaga, the “zorcico” from the Vasc Province, and the “sardana” from Cataluña, all of which are very different.  Folklore is the most distinctive cultural expression of each region.  Through these beautiful dances, the people of each region express their uniqueness and proud cultural heritage. 
 
XVII Century Dances

Eighteenth Century Dances, called “Escuela Bolera”, are short dances performed with outfits, shoes and castanets typical of the time of the great Spanish painter Goya, which is why they are also called “Goyescas”.  These dances are performed using dance steps from classical ballet along with movements and expressions typical of XVIII Century Spain. 
 
Classical Ballet

Classical Ballet is the foundation of any serious dance study.  Classical ballet includes the technique to display elegance and mastery of movement necessary in a variety of dance forms, including Flamenco, Jazz, Contemporary dance, etc. 
 
Castanets

The Castanets, part of Spain’s musical heritage, are a percussion instrument popular in various Spanish dances.  Mastery of the castanets requires separate study from dance to gain maximum artistic expression.

 
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