Only recently becoming acknowledged worldwide, the art form known as Flamenco Dance is filled not only with culture and history but romance, passion, and color as well. This genre of music is often claimed and accredited much to the southern region of Spain in particular. It is composed of three elements, the song or “cante flamenco”, the dance or “baile flamenco”, and the guitar playing which is referred to as the “guitarra flamenco”. The city of Seville boasts a Flamenco Dance Museum where visitors and dancing enthusiasts can learn about this form of dance and marvel while professional dancers perform live. While the early role of the Moorish culture in early Spain was influential, there are several factors that have help inspire and characterize this dance form, perhaps one of the most influential is that of the Andalusian culture as a whole, including all of its native music and history.
In this genre of music, the musical composition and dance form of Flamenco are typically accompanied by delicate, hand-painted fans and bright gypsy style dresses. This eclectic and ancient form of dance drives many tourists to visit the region to witness the seductively creative art form for themselves. Furthermore, the most sought after souvenirs are Flamenco inspired, significant of the beautiful art form representing the Spanish region so many love.
South of the Iberian peninsula, Andalusia, is the second largest region based on area. The capital of Andalusia is that of Seville. Along with Seville, there are seven other territories Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, and Malaga. The name Andalusia derives its origin from the Arabic language, this is just one of the examples of the early Arabic influence in the region. Another example of such influence can be seen in the architecture that is reminiscent of that of the Middle Eastern culture. There is also a strong Roman and Muslim influence seen in the architecture and structural design. The region boasts a wide variety of terrain from Malaga’s coastal beaches to that of Jaen which boasts a mountainous terrain near the Sierra de Cazorla.
Once in Andalusia and having seen all the flamenco dresses, architecture, and other cultural elements that this region has to offer one will likely be inclined to tap into their inner Sevillian.