Palmas Flamencas

Palmas flamencas |

Updated: September 18th 2016

The Spanish word 'palmas' refers to the rhythmic hand clapping that all who take part in flamenco have to learn.

As dancers we learn palmas to help us study the different flamenco rhythms but we must also learn how we use our palmas to accompany other dancers, singers and musicians.

In the video below José and I demonstrate some palmas variations. The rhythm is based on a rapid three-beat cycle with palmas abiertas and palmas sordas and contratiempos

What type of patterns can you come up with with your flamenco friends?