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Trip Report Flamenco, Let's Dance! in Barcelona

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You are welcome to visit my blog for more photos, leave comments, share experience, and see Instagram video of Flamenco dance performance! - http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-HY

Flamenco is a traditional Spanish art form and the Flamenco performance is famous to the world...

When I was in Barcelona, I wasted no time and booked to watch a flamenco show. We went to Tablao de Carmen, a performance place created as a tribute to the great flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya. Tablao – in Spanish it means a place where flamenco shows are performed, developed during the 1960s, Tablao replaced Cabaret (Cafes cantantes) and became the venues of Flamenco shows; and the place typically has at least four flamenco dancers for the show.

Tablao be Carmen is located in Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc, and according to its own website, the site was actually where the spot that Carmen Amaya herself danced before King Alfonso XIII of Spain in the 19th century! Therefore, the site has great historical and sentimental value to the owners as well as the visitors. Poble Espanyol was a heritage site and now a tourist complex where we found souvenir shops, fountains, restaurants, designer store, and even glass-making studio.

Barcelona is actually in Catalonia but now the flamenco shows are everywhere in Spain. Some of those performances are really professional and exceptional. Usually, dancers wear vibrant and traditional ruffle dresses with a big bun on their head; and with no routine in their choreography, flamenco professional dancers stomp out rapidly to the beautiful melodies that created by the singer and guitar player. Sometimes they use their toes, sometimes the ankle or the entire foot.

The tablao was actually an intimate place. The site has two levels, and we sat on the ground level and got really close to the stage. The show started early at 7pm with a pitcher of Sangria on our table and a big plate of Spanish ham and garlic breadJ. 3 female dancers and 1 male dancer performed one by one and then they danced together. Each performer wore different colors of dress or suit, and the lighting changes accordingly to their song. I totally agree that singing and guitar playing are also an important part of the performance – it set the mood and gave the dance performance depth and layers.... Entire story, photos and videos @ http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-HY

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