There are 4 types of Spanish dancing. Escuela Bolera, Neo Classical, Regional (Folk) and Flamenco.
These dancing styles have evolved over the years. Escuela Bolera is an old form of classical Spanish dance
done in soft shoes with castanets and originated in the court of King Louis XIV.
Neo Classical evolved from Escuela Bolera using classical orchestral Spanish music.
In this genre castanets are used, the upper body lines are lyrical and hard shoes are worn to perform solid rhythmical footwork.
Every region in Spain has its own folk dance that is typical of that area.
Spain has a richly varied culture due to many invasions by different nations over the centuries influencing each region in a specific way,
hence a variety of different folk dances can be seen as one travels around Spain.
The regional dances are very energetic and sometimes athletic. The mood is light hearted and fun.
Flamenco’s origins are subject of much debate, as it has only been documented for the last 200 years.
Although many of the details of its development have been lost in history, it is certain that it originated in Andalusia.
During its Golden Age Flamenco was developed in numerous music cafés (cafés cantantés) to its definitive form.
Gypsies have been associated as the “fathers of Flamenco” as they played an important part of its creation.
Flamenco is a genuine Spanish Art expressing deep feelings and exists in three forms :
Cante - the song, Baile - the dance and Guitarra - guitar playing Classical, Regional and Flamenco