Fandango de Huelva is a fundamental palo (style) of flamenco.
Within the branch of flamenco known as fandango there are styles known as 'fandangos locales' or 'fandangos comarcales' and also 'fandangos personales' which are sometimes known as 'fandangos artisticos' or 'fandangos naturales'.
Fandango de Huelva is a regional style of fandango (fandangos locales) and within this regional style there are even more variations that are connected to local areas within Huelva as well as personal styles of different singers.
Fandango de Huelva is unique in that is has a strict compás and structure that may be danced whereas most other styles of fandango are free of compás (cante libre).
The compás of Fandango de Huelva is 12 but it is generally counted as a 6 beat cycle.
José counts Fandango in this way
To understand this better we'd like to share an excerpt from our new course Fundamentals of Flamenco Dance. Here José introduces Manuel to play the compás of Fandango de Huelva on the guitar and then goes on to accompany Manuel with palmas.
For dancers who are new to flamenco and would like to learn more about dancing with a singer and guitarist we believe that Fandango de Huelva is a great palo to start with.
The letra (verse) of the song has a clear structure and it is easier for beginners to hear the relationship between the compás, the cante and the baile.