Our Flamenco card opens to a female dancer in a magnificent ruffled red skirt. Her back is arched, her body is tightly held and her arms are long, like a ballet dancer.
Her dance is accompanied by howls, rhythmic finger snapping, hand clapping, and shouting. No guitarist is available tonight, so a semi-circle of gypsies called a palo keeps the beat by hand clapping and hitting a table with their knuckles.
Her flamenco costumes is extravagant and styled for the expressive requirements of her rhythmic dance steps. She wears the bata de cola, a long skirt that weighs 10 pounds, trails 5 feet behind the dancer and is full of flowing, colorful ruffles.
The left inside page is decorated with a traditional Spanish fan. On the right inside page, the word OLE!
In traditional flamenco, young dancers are not considered to have the emotional maturity to adequately convey the duende (soul) of Flamenco, the heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity and sensuality. Therefore, many Flamenco dancers start late in life and continue to perform until they drop.
This card is for anyone who dances or loves to watch dancers, especially fans of Andalusian Flamenco.
Dance the night away.
Sky above, earth below, fire within.
My heart goes… Tico ta Tico ta TAN.
Flamenco is about Life, Death, Love .. and your Mother.
You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you.
Come dance with me.
Flamenco is the very dearest thing that life can offer. ~Federico Garcia Lorca
“Bailar con el coño. That’s the trick to dancing.” ~Marta Allue
You may rock, but I flamenco.
All love songs must contain duende.
Hard time require furious dancing.
You don’t have to be skinny to dance.
Dancing is the poetry of the foot. ~John Dryden
If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it. ~Isadora Duncan
Why was she dancing? No reason. Just alive, I guess. ~George Saunders
“Jale” means “work it!” There are also various other encouraging shouts for the dancers (bailaores), singers (cantaores), and guitarista (tocaores). “Asi se baile” means “that’s how to dance,” “Asi se toca” means “that’s how to play” and “Asi se canta” means “that’s how to sing” and a whole lot of “¡Ole!” which is affirmative cheering, like yay! but with passion. The Spanish and Latin word “Flamenco” means fire.
Flamenco dance and music is native to Andalusia, Spain, and influenced by the traditional music and dance of the Romani people, or Gypsies.