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El Ingles, guitarist with Jaleo Flamenco, analyses some of the components of bulerias. Bulerias is a highly rhythmic Flamenco dance form. Of special importance are the 'palmas' or handclapping patterns on the beat, and the 'contra palmas' filling the spaces between the beat. El Ingles explains how the music is structured, gathering in pace and intensity, breaking and then building up again. The clip includes footage of the Flamenco ensemble of a singer, dancers and guitarists.
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14 September 1992

Classroom Ideas

Ask students to research the strong links between music and dance, and examine how the two impact on each other. Flamenco would be a good starting point, but students could also explore Irish jigs and reels, American line dance music and the Argentinian tango.

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