Posts in complete beginners
What should beginner flamenco dancers be listening to?

Something that we always say is that you need to make listening to flamenco a large part of your flamenco practice.

But where do you start and what are you supposed to listen to?

On one hand it doesn't really matter as long as it is flamenco. Your ears will start getting used to what you are hearing if you listen to something for long enough. If you connect to it, listen to it.

But if you are looking for a list we can give you a few ideas.

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Flamenco Dance Technique {Flamenco Footwork}

Continuing on with our guide to flamenco dance for complete beginners today we are going to start looking at the different techniques of the body.

First up is the technique of the feet.

Flamenco dancers use their feet to create percussive rhythmic patterns that mix with the music created by the rest of the flamenco musicians, the singer(s), guitarist(s) and percussionists etc…

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Flamenco Music {What is Toque?} - Free music download

'El Toque' refers to all things flamenco that are played on the guitar. (Pohren 2005)

The music of the flamenco guitar is well known throughout the world and is often the first contact many non-spanish people have with flamenco.

Thanks to the guitarist Paco de Lucía the virtuosity of the flamenco guitar is loved and appreciated by millions around the world.

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Flamenco Music {What is cante?}

Part 4 of our guide to flamenco dance for complete beginners.

If you haven't grown up listening to flamenco singing understanding it and appreciating it can be challenging at first. Here is a quote from 'The Art of Flamenco' by D.E. Pohren.

"More important than the understanding of what is being sung is the appreciation of how it is being sung; in good or bad taste, with a well or badly guarded compás, with authenticity, with duende..."

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Flamenco Rhythm {What is compás?}

Welcome to part 3 in our series for complete beginners. Today's post is all about compás.

As we described in our last post rhythm is at the centre of everything flamenco. EVERYTHING.

There are some palos that may be sung and played 'libre' or free that don't have a recognisable rhythmic pattern but it is very clear that it is a choice made by the artists to use a free rhythm.

Let's start at the beginning for those of us who are really new to all of this.

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What do flamenco dancers study?

What do flamenco dancers study?

You might think this a redundant question. To be a dancer you need to learn how to dance - that much is obvious. However, as we hinted at in yesterday’s post there is a lot more to learning flamenco than just learning a bunch of steps. 

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Flamenco dance for absolute beginners

When José and I started flamenco bites we wanted to concentrate on providing solid information for dancers with a focus on the beginner level dancer.

Recently we have had some emails from people with absolutely no experience in flamenco dance looking for some guidance. I came back the to website to see what we had and found that we could do better to help people coming to flamenco with no previous knowledge or experience.

We have decided that the month of November will be dedicated to the complete beginner so if that is you we hope you will follow along with us!

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