Traditional Spanish Dances
Jota Aragonesa: This typical dance hails from the north of Spain, namely Aragón, and
features a fast tempo as couples dance with their hands raised high above their heads
playing castanets. Moorish influences are probable, as it is loosely attributed to a Moorish
poet who was kicked out of Valencia during the 12th century.
Sardana: Several couples join hands and dance in a closed circle in this traditional dance
Muñeira: Danced in twos or alone along to the music of bagpipes, this traditional "Miller's
Dance" is typical throughout Galicia and Asturias.
Zambra: The zambra began as a Moorish dance, but with monarchs Fernando and Isabel's
reconquista of Spain, the Moors were able to conserve the dance by adapting it to Spanish
Bolero: One of the oldest and most traditional dances of the history of Spanish dance, the
bolero is a quick Spanish dance boasting sudden pauses and sharp turns.
Fandango: At one point the most famous dance of Spain, the fandango is a lively, happy
Spanish danced in two's.
Paso doble: A quick one-step Spanish dance.
Flamenco: A passionate dance hailing from gypsies, flamenco is internationally famous.
Sevillana: Lively and joyous dance typical of Seville and reminiscent of flamenco that
features four distinct parts.
A people without the knowledge of their past history,
origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
Música: “La vida breve” (Danza española) Manuel de Falla.
Un pueblo sin el conocimiento de su historia pasada, el
origen y la cultura es como un árbol sin raíces.