Cante is the centre of everything in flamenco. So the simple answer to this question is yes, you do need to understand cante in order to dance flamenco. However, in order to gain an understanding the best way to learn about cante is by experiencing it.
Cante came before everything else, it is the heart of everything we do as dancers. It inspires us to move, to feel and to communicate something to an audience.
Cante flamenco is also vast. Amongst the many palos (styles) of flamenco there are regional variations and then within these regions there are familial and personal variations of all of the styles.
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