Anda Jaleo, jaleo

Do YOU speak Spanish? If you do you’re probably be familiar with the word Jaleo. Actually that’s not true. If you speak Spanish but have never had anything at all to do with the world of Flamenco there’s a very good chance that you won’t even have heard of the word, as it’s one of those “Flamenco” Spanish words you don’t hear used outside of the Flamenco world. Jaleos is the word used to describe the shouts of encouragement, praise and admiration in a Flamenco performance. Jalear is the verb which means both “to shout out” and also “to give Jaleos” but when done really well Jaleos completely transcends the idea of just “shouting out” and becomes an integral part of the whole Flamenco per

Dancing Sevillanas - a sad tale

For 10 years I ran Camino Holidays, our sister company. Camino Holidays organised Flamenco holidays in Andalucia. This story dates from about 9 years ago when we hadn't been in business very long and in order to raise our public profile and get more publicity in the UK, we occasionally offered free or discounted holidays to journalists who would then write an account of their holiday for magazines. To be honest, it wasn't so much that we offered this - it was more than journalists would contact us and ask for it. Sometimes we said no, but sometimes if it was a national publication with a large circulation (with millions of readers) we would of course say yes. Before I begin, let me start b

The "techie" dancer

I’m not going to start this blog by discussing why anyone goes to a dance class, that would take too long and be a whole blog to itself, but I do know that people love to dance do it for a variety of different reasons. For some people it’s all about learning new dances and mastering those dances so that they can dance them in shows or just have the enjoyment of having succeeded in learning them. If you think about it, learning an entire dance gives you a very tangible sense of achievement – your hard work has a clear beginning, middle and end in the way that so often learning new skills never seems to. But I have a “thing” about this. I believe that if you only ever go to dance class to le

"Are you a Flamenco?"

In Spain it’s quite normal to be asked “are you a Flamenco?” and what they mean by that is “are you a Flamenco dancer or musician or someone who neither dances, plays or sings, but loves Flamenco and go to as many shows as possible and surrounds yourself with Flamenco?”. This wording of this simple question tells us that Flamenco is not just a dance form or a type of music or song, it’s also a social life - it’s a lifestyle. If you live in Andalucia, whether you are Spanish or not, living the Flamenco lifestyle is one of the big draws for many people who got there for holidays or to live. You can find the Flamenco lifestyle in many Spanish towns and cities, not just the main centres of Fla

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