What is Flamenco?

Flamenco is a form of Spanish folk music and dance from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain.

In recent years flamenco has become popular all over the world and is taught in many countries. In Japan there are more flamenco academies than there are in Spain.  Flamenco dance will teach you how to isolate movement and strengthen your muscles. It allows for an inner sense of our bodies that informs us how, where, and what each part of the body is doing at all times.

Why should you learn Flamenco?

  1. Feel Good Stress Reliever: It's okay and actually encouraged to express your emotions in flamenco; anger, happiness, sadness, loss. It's a major self-esteem booster.
  2. Improves Balance: known to universally deteriorate with age
  3. Memory Loss Buster: wards off memory loss in older adults by continually challenging their brains through learning about new cultures, new dances, and new songs
  4. Core Stability: Flamenco is excellent for posture. It requires a long, straight spine, shoulders back, tail bone tucked under and the core-stability muscles around the middle pulled in and up.
  5. Upper Body Strength: You have to keep your arms above your head for long periods with flamenco, moving them in graceful twists and sweeps. This quickly develops long, lean muscles in the arms and shoulders.
  6. Calorie Burn: The fast pace and dynamic, explosive moves of flamenco boost heart rate and stamina

Here are some video clips of what Flamenco looks like...