Introducción al Flamenco

Introduction to Flamenco

Many know flamenco, not to say all people around the world. However, few know about the provenance and mystery surrounding this art that makes people from all over the world passionate in one way or another when you hear alfamencado notes or a dancer begins to move their hands to the sound of the wonderful Flemish pieces.

Many girls and boys have attention to flamenco dancing since they are young, in fact, it is one of the most demanded extracurricular activities. And not only in the regions where flamenco is most experienced, throughout the country you enjoy all the art surrounding flamenco. But in addition to learning to dance and have fun with this art, it is never so that children know a little more about the origin and curiosities of this art.

International Flamenco Day

Today, November 16, International Flamenco Day is celebrated, as it was that day in 2010 when UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) proclaimed flamenco as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This is a great pride for all people who enjoy this constantly evolving art.

How to explain Flamenco Day to children?

There are countless theories about the origin of flamenco and none of them are able to situate exactly when and how the art of flamenco originated . But there is no doubt that flamenco is undoubtedly linked to the Andalusian people and gypsies. Flamenco is much more than dancing and fun, it is a culture full of history, mystery, art. Within flamenco you can find various palos, from the deepest and heartbreaking, to the most rhythmic, those that call the party.

But what cannot be denied is that this art is in continuous growth and evolution. In fact, some of the most current musical stars base their commercial music on the pillars of flamenco, as is the case of the well-known Rosalía. Other world famous singers with clear Flemish influences are Alejandro Sanz or David Bisbal, mass idols that are sure your children know well.

There is no better way to teach children something than using everyday examples, which are easy for them to visualize and understand. For example, you can put songs from the best-known and globally acclaimed flamenco of the ever-eternal Camarón and compare it with the songs and origins of the aforementioned Rosalía music. Both children and older, will be surprised at the similarities in the rhythms and influences of this singer.

Flamenco, a question of culture

According to philosophical beliefs, culture is the transmission of knowledge between beings of the same species. That is, what the older people share with the little ones, what is instilled and taught to children is what becomes culture. The culture of flamenco is based on these pilare, on how the oldest members of the clans have instilled in the little ones.

In many families throughout the country, flamenco is a way of life. A style to dress, a music that accompanies the day to day, in the happiest moments and of course the most joyful. A way to dance, sing, playing palmas, playing a spanish guitar, palms, cante jondo, compás and styles. Children learn to dance almost before they walk.

To touch the palms to the beat long before learning to write, to sing from the depths of the bowels when they still don’t even know what they are telling. All this and much more is flamenco, an art converted into a World Heritage Site. Something that children should know because it is part of their culture and wherever they go, they will see how people from all over the world want to know everything about this, which is our art.