Takinga Look at Flamenco Dancing

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What makes flamenco dancing different from other dancing? Flamenco has been around for many years and has spread all over the world. It became very popular over time, the Ages it went through helped it develop to the beauty it is today. All the Ages are important and each has a significant event that progressed the dancing and improved it. There are also many different types of flamenco dancing and settings, each having a unique form of being. Flamenco dancing is different from other dancing because of its uniqueness.
In the eighteenth century, flamenco had many unique characteristics and as of local folk music, it didn’t. Flamenco prepared itself so it could be more professional and not commercial. The diversification of flamenco styles and popularization of the genre also was made to be professional. It is different because it's not just moving your body around and jumping all over the place, it is a very rhythmic dance. There is feet stomping, hand clapping and beautiful hand movements throughout the dance. There was a conflict between people as to whether flamenco was accompanied by an instrument or not. Later, they used a guitar as the instrument and began to sing too.
During the end of 1700’s and middle of 1800’s was called “The Hermetic Period”. At this time, flamenco was not known and was secretly kept in homes of small towns. This changed as the so-called “Golden Age” (1869-1910) came around. Flamenco developed rapidly in music cafés to its definitive form. Flamenco dancing became a big attraction and is called the “café cantante” period. This period has been accused of flamenco not being professional, but commercial. The traditional dance is crowded with people and the dancers danced when they liked, the café cantante offered set performances. This professionalization soon led to commercialism.
In 1922, one of Spain’s greatest writers organized the “Concurso de Cante Jondo”, a music festival. They did this to stimulate interest in the different styles of flamenco and other dancing. They were falling to oblivion as they were regarded commercial and, therefore not appropriate for cafés. This led to the “Theatrical Period” (1892-1956) also known as “Flamenco Opera”. The café cantantes were replaced by larger venues; this affected flamenco a lot and became very popular, but also caused it to fall into commercialism. A new type of flamenco dancing was born. This period has been considered a time of complete untraditional dancing.

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