The Art of Flamenco

Flamenco dancing is one of the three integral parts of the art of flamenco. The flamenco came from Andalusia in what is now Spain, influenced heavily by the local gypsy population, the Gitanos. Large amounts of the musical stylings and dance movements of flamenco come from the Jewish tradition, as well as from Moorish culture.

The three main forms which make up flamenco are the guitarra or guitar playing, cante or song, and baile or flamenco dancing. It is difficult to separate the cante from the baile, as the two draw upon similar traditions and work off of one another. Flamenco dancing appears to have its origins in the latter half of the eighteenth century. A number of flamenco schools sprang up around 1800 in Seville, each with its own distinctive take on the art of flamenco.