Daily April post of A-Z Blogging Challenge is for the letter R. Theme is Flamenco.
R is For Rhythm
Rhythm is the core of Flamenco. We dance, we sing, but we need some kind of a beat or rhythm that we first put inside of us. Once that rhythm is safely settled in the body, we can release it in the form of dancing. Guitars, violins, tambourines, knuckle rapping, finger snapping, cane striking the floor, are all the sounds that can produce a Rhythm.
Notice the position of the fingers in the photo above. He's using Pitos, or finger snapping. Just because we don't have a guitarist or a CD player, it doesn't mean we can't dance. Years ago, after Flamenco class, we'd stand waiting for a bus and practice our hand clapping in various rhythms. We'd dance and clap and feel sad when the bus arrived because that ended our little "Flamenco jam session."
The video below shows a group of street dancers participating in a rhythm.