A-Z Blogging Challenge. Today's letter is P. My theme, Flamenco.
P is for Pitos
Pitos are sharp, cracking finger snaps. Guitars have been used for Flamenco accompaniment only during the last 150 years. Before that, the rhythm was kept by Pitos, hand clapping or pounding the end of a cane on the floor. The Gypsies are excellent at Pitos, as you can see the early start they get in the above photo.
Pitos are easier for some dancers than others. I have a student who is excellent and the sharp crack can be heard above a room full of footwork. I admire sharp Pitos as mine have always been rather weak and wimpy.
I include vids of some of my favorite dancers. A blogfest doesn't leave much time for viewing videos but they are there for your choosing.