Flamenco Dancers

I would highly recommend the Flamenco dancer show with dinner.  The dinner include many tapas. A tapa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtapa]), in Spanish cuisine, is an appetizer, or snack. It may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or hot (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid). In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. In Spain, patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal.  The dancers were excellent and entertaining.with seating a few feet from the dancers.Flamenco is the traditional song and dance of the Gypsies (flamencos) of Andalucia but it’s thought to be influenced by many world cultures, including Latin American, Cuban, and Jewish traditions.

Flamenco is a Spanish dance form made up of three parts:

  1. guitar playing (“guitarra”),
  2. song (“cante”), and
  3. dance (“baile”).

Originally flamenco dancing was not set to music; it was only singing and clapping of hands called “toque de palmas.” Some flamenco dancing still follows ancient tradition, but the use of guitars and other musical instruments has become more popular in modern flamenco.

Flamenco dancing can have many different purposes. Whether the dance is intended to be entertaining, romantic, or comforting, flamenco is a very emotional style of dance.

Flamenco dancers try to express their deepest emotions by using body movements and facial expressions. As the dancers perform, they may also clap their hands or kick their feet. Many dancers also snap small percussion handheld instruments called “castanets.”

As, I said elsewhere, tours in Barcelona did not pick you up at your hotel.  Our Flamenco dance tour began with a taxi ride to La Rambla street where the dancers were performing.  La Rambla seems to be the center of night life with many cafes and restaurants open along the boulevard.

Lavish buffet of tapas before the show.  The dinner included champagne.

Following the delicious tapas we were escorted to a room where the dance began.

La Rambla Street – night life

 

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