Our Flamenco pop-up card opens to a passionate 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 inside pages are decorated with a traditional Spanish fan and 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.
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
The dancer’s trembling heart must bring everything into harmony, from the tips of her shoes to the flutter of her eyelashes, from the rustles of her dress to the incessant play of her fingers. Shipwrecked in a field of air, she must measure lines, silences, zigzags and rapid curves, with a sixth sense of aroma and geometry, without ever mistaking her terrain. In this she resembles the torero, whose heart must keep to the neck of the bull. Both of them face the same danger–he, death; and she, darkness. ~Federico Garcia Lorca
“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,” 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.