Palacio del Flamenco show great introduction to Catalan culture

March 17, 2013
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By Taylor Woods and Anna Todd

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On our first evening in Spain, a few members of the Alpine Living crew enjoyed a lively flamenco dance show at the Palacio del Flamenco in Barcelona. Despite our jet lag, the show kept us entertained and proved to be a great introduction to Spanish culture.

We have been researching topics in Spain for the past few months, but we still were not sure what to expect from this performance. Ruffled flamenco dresses? Check. Suave men with a decent helping of hair products? Check. Sensual dance moves? Most definitely. However, we did not know that a flamenco show had more to it than just dancing. The show included a band of two acoustic guitarists, a drummer, a violinist and three singers. The band incorporated stomping and clapping into their performance to add the needed touch of drama.

The flamenco dancers moved their bodies with ease and agility as they showcased emotive facial expressions and synchronized tap dancing. The dancers’ passion was evident with each twirl of their hands and swerve of their hips. Their audience involvement was an exciting addition to the show’s consistent energy.

Tourists visiting Spain should make sure to include a live flamenco show to their trip’s itinerary. In addition to being a great Spanish cultural experience, it was impressive to see the raw talent and passion of the dancers. All-in-all, the show was an ideal way to wind down after a long day of traveling. We were excited about our Spanish journey before, but this show gave us an even greater appetite for the adventures that lie ahead.

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