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Flamenco Dance Barcelona I Palau Dalmases

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The best flamenco dancing show in Barcelona at Palau Dalmases

During the flamenco dance show of Palau Dalmases you will find the best flamenco dancing in Barcelona in a unique and exceptional setting:  a baroque palace in the centre of Barcelona. Our flamenco show features flamenco singing, live music (flamenco guitar and flamenco box drum) and of course flamenco dancing. Our dancers capture all the attention and the audience fall in love with their movements full of feeling and passion.

The strong emotional charge during their performances and the magical atmosphere created in a tablao make seeing a flamenco show in Barcelona a highly recommendable experience.

But do you know the characteristics of flamenco dance? Do you know its history? We will tell you about it below

Origins of flamenco dance

Flamenco dance is an art form that originated in Andalusia. It is more than two centuries old and has constantly evolved over the years. Its golden age took place between 1869 and 1929.

Flamenco dance is historically accompanied by the guitar, on which it completely depends on to follow the beat and rhythm. As you will know after reading this other article, the ‘cajón flamenco’ (or flamenco box drum) joined this art much later.

The history of flamenco dance

The flamenco dancing that we know nowadays and can see in our flamenco show in Barcelona is the result of centuries of evolution and integration of elements from other cultures. With the evolution of flamenco music, flamenco dance was born later on. It was first documented as a structured and recognizable dance in the 18th century.

In the origins of flamenco, the importance lay in the voice of the cantaores (flamenco singers). With time, the feeling and passion  lavished  by the dancers on the stages of the old tablaos flamencos (the Cafés Cantante) ended up monopolizing all the public’s attention and finally the dancing began to steal the singing’s spotlight.


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How did flamenco dance come to Barcelona?

Flamenco originated in Andalusia, but this art form spread throughout the country, reaching Catalan lands at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Barcelona became one of the main cities for flamenco activity, due to the settlement of Catalan gypsies and immigration to the city. Barcelona, being a port city, has always been open to different cultures.

That’s why it is not surprising to find flamenco dance shows in Barcelona  with such quality and with renowned artists nowadays.

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Flamenco dance show in Barcelona I Palau Dalmases

What a flamenco dance show is like in Barcelona

The dancers perform each piece with body swaying, arm movements, and the famous ‘zapateos’ (rhythmic footwork) according to each ‘palo flamenco”, always accompanied by the melody of the guitar and the deep voice of the cantaor or cantaora.

In a flamenco show, the bailaor or bailaora (flamenco dancer) physically interprets the lyrics of the songs, although it can be abstract, as it does not have a clear plot. He or she combines smooth, sensual movements with intense moments of footwork and twists. It is a dance that requires great concentration and improvisation skills.

In the case of a flamenco show with two dancers, as it is also the case of Palau Dalmases, the dances are usually very intense and with a lot of feeling, as the artists maintain a kind of competition between them.

How many types of flamenco dances are there?

Uff, more than fifty! Actually, naming them ‘types of dances’ is not the most correct way . They should be called palos flamencos. Each palo flamenco has its own tempo, origin, type of lyrics and music that differentiates some palos from others. They are grouped differently according to their origin, metrics or the type of accompaniment they have, etc.

Thus, the structure of the song, the movements and the intensity of the performance depend on the type of “dance” or “palo” that is performed.

Of course, improvisation and the personal stamp of the performer is common in flamenco singing, music and dancing. Therefore, each flamenco show at Palau Dalmases is unique and unrepeatable.

The most popular flamenco dances are

  •  Soleá: One of the most performed dances that is best suited for women. It is a sad palo, accompanied by movements of arms, undulations of hips and waist
  • Bulerías: It is the most festive song and is used as a culmination of other dances as it is the most joyful and amusing. It is distinguished by its fast rhythm
  • Alegrías: It is the oldest flamenco dance and it originates from Cádiz
  • Seguiriyas: It is a sober dance, of slow and paused tempo that consists of a rhythmic walk based on dry, sonorous footwork
  • Tangos: Also used as an ending, due to its happy rhythm. It stands out for its movements of great brilliance and expressiveness.
  • Farruca: It is a palo originating from Galicia that has a lot of difficulty and demands a high level of execution. It is more of a man’s dance than a woman’s. When a woman performs it, she dances it with pants to highlight the characteristic footwork.
  • Sevillanas: Although it is the best known dance, it is the least flamenco form, as it is closer to Andalusian folklore.

Enjoy flamenco dancing in Barcelona at Palau Dalmases

Do you want to experience the best  flamenco dancing in Barcelona in a  beautiful castle? Come to Palau Dalmases and enjoy the best flamenco dancers every day of the week!