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Close your eyes and picture a Spanish dance. What do you imagine? Probably dark moody lighting, twirling skirts, and lots of flair, right? Though all of these components can be labeled as stereotypes, they all arise (not incorrectly) from the cultural force that is Spanish dance. Below is Panrimo’s alphabetical guide to our 7 favorite Spanish Dances. Olé! Alegrías https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuYPv16BCBA A very specific variation of flamenco native to the Cádiz region, Alegrías is most notable for it’s difficulty. Danced to a 12 beat structure, it is compiled of 6 sections that all feature differing tempo, emphasis, and phrasing. Though strict, when performed well it’s a stunning, intricate performance that will please even the sternest audience. Bolero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVKClliJWh8 The Bolero is a slow dance best performed by a couple. Popular since it’s conception in the 18th century, the dance is a unique combination of the grace of classical ballet and the flourish of traditional village dances. The accompanying music often features some sort of string instrument (primarily guitar) and castanets, which work well with the triple time beat. Corrido https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cimnyVwZ56I A favorite couple dance in Castilla and Leon, the Corrido is a group participation event. Popular since the 19th century, the music’s irregular rhythm drives the dancers around in circles, speeding and slowing in time with the beat. Still used in many local festivals, this dance always tells a story. Themes range from romance to revolution, so the audience must pay close attention; the ending isn’t always happy! El Vito https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdYCxamQG5U Similar to the Bolero,...

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