Flamenco dancing in Seville

Flamenco dancing has a long history and tradition in Seville.  Heavily influenced by the Moors, Flamenco has its roots in Roma (Gypsy) culture as well.  Raspy singers in an arabic style and language mix with guitars, clapping, and dancing to captivate the mind and body in a spirit of movement.

While much of Flamenco dancing today is for tourists visiting Spain, it’s a cultural art form that embodies the history of this city and region.  While the dancing is heavily influenced by other cultures, it is Andalusian in its roots.  Like the Alcazar and the Cathedral, it’s a symbol of Seville.

Visitors to Seville can see Flamenco dancing in a number of different shows and venues.  Flamenco still thrives among generations of Andalusians and can be performed among friends and family.  For most people, the excitement of this dance can be seen in a cabaret or cafe performance or in a large concert.  While the height of Flamenco dancing was in the mid 1800s to early 1900s, it still lives on today.

Some of the best guitarists in the world are part of Flamenco.  Flamenco dancing is generally made up of a guitarist, singer, and dancer working together in rhythm, song, and graceful steps and dancing to evoke the passion of the “Spanish Blues.”  Women are dressed in layers with colorful dresses as they dance and stomp to the raspy-voiced singers and incredibly fast fingers of the strumming guitar.

Flamenco dancing can be appreciated for many different things – the voices, the rhythm, the dancing, or the music.  For me, I was fascinated by the speed with which the guitar was played.  The talent of these guitar players is incredible and I’ve never seen such amazing skill by a musician.  Combined with the singing and rhythmic dancing, Flamenco is one of the most fascinating cultural dances you can experience.

If you visit Seville, attend a Flamenco show.  While it may seem nothing more than a tourist attraction, the skills and history on display will captivate you as your eyes witness a performance of cultural significance and meaning in this part of Spain.

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