Putting the foot down in the name of Flamenco

Putting the foot down in the name of Flamenco

IT MIGHT have humble origins in the south of Spain, but flamenco is now a global cultural pursuit. While the haughty-faced dancer with twirling wrists, staccato heels and a cascading ruffled dress is quintessentially Spanish, there are almost as many flamenco schools in Japan as in Spain, as well as numerous university programmes throughout the United States.

With this popularity has come fragmentation, so these days the term “flamenco” (like “jazz”) refers to a range of styles rather than a single aesthetic. As with most traditional dance forms, there is a spectrum of practitioner that runs from the purists concerned with tradition to the so-called “avant-garde” performers who have moved away from that tradition and are openly embracing contemporary influences.

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