Learning the marmite (not Maracas)

From time to time we teachers are asked if we teach "those things you hold in your hands", "clackers", "clacky things"......"you know, maracas!" There's two answers to these questions (not counting the rude answer which of course we'd never use!) which are "yes" and "yes, sometimes", But just for the record I'd like to add that maracas are something totally different and have no place in the hands of Flamenco dancers. They would really get in the way when you're dancing and then there'a a pretty good chance you'd drop them during a chaine turn! But castañuelas (from the word castaña, meaning chestnut as they often resemble these in colour) or palillos (meaning, little sticks) as they are ve

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