Best Places to Watch and Learn Spanish Flamenco

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Flamenco is probably one of the greatest, if not the very best Spanish inventions. Even though the Spaniards can only claim only a part of the glory for having created this powerful and emotional dance/music (Spanish gypsies have played a decisive role), flamenco continues to represent a national symbol. Flamenco schools can now be found all over the world, but there’s still no better place to learn the art of flamenco dancing and singing than Andalucía, the birth place of flamenco. The following schools are all considered as some of the best places to watch and learn Spanish flamenco:

Taller Flamenco, Sevilla

Sevilla is probably the ideal place to learn how to dance flamenco, not only for its numerous dance schools, but also for the beauty of its architecture and monuments. Sevilla is simply inspiring and schools like Faller Flamenco are amongst the very few ones that can offer customized lessons to foreigners (even though flamenco is all about feeling and passion, language can be a barrier for those who don’t speak fluent Spanish).

Cordoba Guitar Festival, Cordoba

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Another historic city in the ever fascinating Andalusia, Cordoba is the annual host of one of the biggest guitar festivals in Spain. The festival brings together lots of flamenco virtuosos  as well a guitar enthusiasts. During the two weeks of festival you’ll have plenty of chances to learn some basic flamenco guitar: there will be numerous workshops but also concerts where you can listen to the great masters.

Vejer de la Frontera

Vejer de la Frontera is a small Andalusian town with lots of charm a very appreciated flamenco school. This school is also aimed at foreigners and offers intensive flamenco lessons, completed by Spanish language lessons. Such a course will usually take two weeks of intensive training, and in the weekend you’ll get a chance to admire the beautiful surroundings of the town, as well as the gorgeous Jerez de la Frontera.

Festival de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera

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And speaking of Jerez de la Frontera, this is certainly the place to be for all those interested in learning about flamenco. This town is the proud organizer of Spain’s leading flamenco festival, which usually takes place between February and March. This festival is unique due to the extensive courses and workshops that are available during the festival (which are mostly at basic and intermediate level). 2010 will mark the 16th edition, which starts on the last month of February.

 

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