As a relatively slow, nonperformance dance, the sardana
does not require special fitness.
The dance circle can be opened
to a highly variable number of
dancers. When danced in the
streets and town squares, small
circles of dancers can be seen to
form and grow: often passers-by
join in, leaving their bags in the
center of the circle. The dancers
are alternate men and women,
and care must be taken by those
joining not to split partners. These
are open circles, called rotllanes
obertes. Another kind of circle
may be formed by members of
organised sardana clubs called
colles, and each colla may wear
its own costume..
Being a visual representation, the jota is danced and sung accompanied by
castanets, and the interpreters tend to wear regional costumes.
Each sevillian is composed of 4 (or sometimes 7) parts, with
each part divided into 3 coplas, and with each copla
made up of 6 movements. It is a very vivid dance, often
excluded from flamenco by "purists". Paradoxically, during
spectacles and shows it is usually Sevillian dancing that
ordinary people (not born in Andalusia) take for 'the real,
true flamenco', as it is full of turns.