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by amapola66

Sevillanas is a dance associated with flamenco but it is not strictly flamenco and is believed to be an old Castilian folk dance.

It is danced in pairs (based on the old style of courtship, but it doesn't 'have' to be a man and a woman) and usually danced by groups during the Feria de Sevilla and has made its way into discos and bars as a popular dance form in recent years. It is a social dance, most Spanish children learning it from a young age.

Both the songs and the dance always have the same structure, the same rhythm, the same pattern and you can dance sevillanas with everybody at parties, ferias and fiestas. The sentiments expressed are normally festive or amorous, with plenty of room for humor - Sevillanas is fun!

The dance is in a set of 4 verses and takes some effort to remember the steps. Ideally, you could do with a workshop to get the basics as there are steps, arms, clapping (palmas), timing and style to consider and all at the same time. Some people also dance it with castanets.

Steps include the Sevillana step, pasadas (passes), stamps, endings, turns and more.
There is so much to remember, but once you have it, you can add your own personal style to make it your own, yet still fitting in with everyone else.

When in Nerja, check out what's going on in one of the free local entertainment rags, there are classes (highly recommended and reasonably priced) and shows to see . (Try the Caves of Nerja to see what's on).

(Pictured here, the lovely Lola's class I attend here in Brighton, performing Sevillanas at a show in London last year).

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  • Updated Mar 14, 2005
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