The first time I danced bulerías, I mean really danced bulerías, I felt like the music and the song were going to lift me up and fly me out of the room. It wasn't at a juerga or the end of a performance, it was at an impromptu class that turned into a jam session.
We were a small group of students and friends and we had been laughing and enjoying the class so much that by the time we got to the end and each took turns performing for each other we had no sense of being self-conscious, we just each did our thing and took as much joy in dancing as in encouraging each other to dance.
Since that time I have loved bulerías as much as I have struggled with it but when its good its really good.
Today we have a tutorial for a llamada for bulerías. Its the one that José danced at the end of his bulerías for Doce Beats Cada Día.
Here is the original video….
In the video above the llamada is over 4 compás. In the 2nd compás José does some palmas and then steps back to prepare for the last two compás. The second compás isn't included in the tutorial video below but I will include it in my written description.
The written description of the beats are just a guide, my preference for learning any rhythm is to use your ear and sing (or say) the rhythm and then try to do the step.
A couple of notes - the plus sign '+' denotes the contratiempo or 'and' beat and the greyed out beats mean there is no step or sound on that beat.
12 + 1 + 2 + 3 + a 4 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 11
12 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 11
12 + 1 2 3 + 4 5 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10