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Flamenco Styles

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Alegrias

A joyful dance, in compas of 12 beats, from Cadiz. The origin is in the jotas of Cadiz - traditional folk music of Aragon, brought to the Andalucian region by soldiers during the War of Independence in the early 19th century. The main characteristics of this style are the richness of its guitar accompaniment, the intricacy of the dancing, the demands of its difficult rhythm, and its lively sound. Descendent of the Soleares family.

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Bulerias

High-spirited song & dance from Jerez. This developed like Soleares from a simple style. However, unlike Soleares, it has a fast and lively rhythm - indeed, the fastest in all flamenco - and provides enormous scope for improvisation on the part of dancers, singers and guitarists. It is wild, frenzied and lively, but nevertheless contains the germ of sorrow that is almost always present in flamenco.

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Caña

Very closely related to Soleares, it is one of the oldest forms of flamenco, and one of the most pure and beautiful.

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Colombianas

Flamenco style influenced by South American rhythms

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Fandango

A lively couples dance traditionally accompanied by guitars and castanets or hand clapping (palmas).

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Malagueñas

A free form flamenco style (no specific compas, interpretive, and not danced) from Malaga. Descendant of the Fandango family.

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Rondenas

Another free-form style; it uses an alternative tuning for both 3rd and 6th strings

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Rumbas

Another flamenco style influenced by New World rhythms; strumming characterized by damping the strings with the whole hand for syncopation

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Serranas

Same compas as siguiriyas, but played in E instead of A so has a different mood and texture, though some of the same variations can be transposed

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Siquiriyas/Seguidillas

Profound cante jondo

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Soleá/Soleares

Cante jondo called the mother of flamenco song. Consists of 12 beats with accents on the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th.

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Tango

Baile chico, flamenco song & dance

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Tanguillo

Song and dance derived from the tango

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Tarantas

Another free-form style

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Tarantos

This one is danced, so has a compas, and is related to the tarantos in key, etc.

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Tientos

Cante jondo, derived from tango

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Zapateados

Needs very fancy footwork; the compas speeds up, slows down, and speeds up again and is a showcase for dancers (zapato means shoes). Derived from the tango.

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