How to Learn Spanish Dancing

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How to Learn Spanish Dancing
Female Flamenco dancers usually wear wide skirts and hard shoes. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Spain has a rich tradition of dance and music. Spanish dance can be divided into four broad categories. Flamenco, the most popular and widespread form, involves intricate arm and foot patterns. Classical Spanish dance, called "Estilización," blends Flamenco with classical ballet and Folkloric dances performed to classical Spanish music. Folkloric dances are regional folk dances that vary from region to region, while "Escuela Bolera" dances are short, choreographed dances from the 18th century. You can take part in the rich tradition of Spanish dancing by enrolling in lessons, attending dance festivals or studying the movement from videos or books.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Decide what style of Spanish dance you want to learn. The most commonly studied form of Spanish dance is Flamenco, especially outside of Spain, but you can also learn Folkloric, Classical or Escuela Bolera dancing.

  2. 2

    Find a Spanish dancing school near you and sign up for beginner lessons. This is the best way to learn the technique and style of Spanish dance correctly and authentically. Your instructor may teach one style exclusively, or combine elements of several Spanish dance styles. In your first class, expect to learn basic footwork, body placement and arm positions.

  3. 3

    Find a private instructor. If you are self-conscious or want intensive training, you might prefer private lessons to full classrooms. Call Spanish dancing schools or attend Flamenco dance festivals to find an instructor willing to work with you one-on-one. You can also take private lessons to supplement your group classes.

  4. 4

    Attend Spanish cultural festivals. Communities, museums or arts organisations sometimes sponsor festivals to celebrate Spanish arts and culture. In addition to live Spanish music and seasoned Spanish dancers, these events often include free basic dance demonstrations and open dance floors where you can practice your dancing.

  5. 5

    Use online videos and dance tutorials. Watch step-by-step video tutorials to learn basic Spanish dance steps in the privacy of your own home. You can find beginner dance tutorials to teach you basic steps and performance footage of elite Spanish dancers to inspire you to learn more.

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