España and the Art of Flamenco!

España and the Art of Flamenco!
España and the Art of Flamenco!
Jenna Buesser

As part of their study of Spain, or "España", Upper Elementary students were treated to a hands-on demonstration of the Flamenco with Red Oaks Spanish teacher Martha Trevino and special guest, Maria Angeles Sanzo! Maria, a native of Madrid, helped Señora Martha discuss how the Flamenco originated amongst the gypsies of southern Spain and has become a valued art form in Spanish culture. Students also learned new vocabulary (see below!) and how Flamenco consists of three distinct parts: the "cante" or song, the '"toque" or playing of the guitar, and the "baile" or dance.

After watching the duo demonstrate the various dance movements, students had the opportunity to join the teachers in dance to "Sevilla tiene un color especial" by Los Del Rio! To end the celebration, the group danced in spirited unison to the infamous "Macarena," also by Los Del Rio. The "Macarena" is not a traditional song for Flamenco, but students could not resist their urge to dance! Many thanks to Maria Angeles Sanzo for sharing the music and culture of her home country with us, and thanks to our own Martha Trevino for arranging this fun opportunity! ¡Gracias!


Flamenco Vocabulary

jaleowhat is "shouted" while Flamenco is danced to make the dance more fun. Examples are olé, ozo, agua, toma or vamos!

las peñas flamencas– clubs where Flamenco is danced and sung

el tablao– the stage where Flamenco is danced

el zapateado– form of dance where you make sounds with special Flamenco tap shoes

el vestido de farales– the typical dress that is worn by women to dance flamenco. It is also called traje de volantes.

la peineta ornamental comb worn by women to style their hair

la florbig flower worn by women on their head

el duendea flair and natural talent that gypsies have to dance and sing Flamenco in a special way.

juerga flamenca a party in which people get together to sing and dance Flamenco