Why Flamenco?

Let’s face it, we already know about the essential role that the arts have in education. Numerous studies show how the creative arts are crucial to the development of children’s growth. And without a doubt, flamenco is a powerful tool for exploring self-expression, while simultaneously opening the door to Spanish culture and the fascinating historical context in which flamenco was born.

For every feeling there is a flamenco song. The poetry speaks to the wide spectrum of human emotions. Flamenco gives you the license to express these feelings unapologetically and with passion. Children are encouraged to express themselves by clapping, moving their arms and hands, making sounds with their feet in responds to the moods set by the guitar, and the singing.

Through the idea of the idea of the convivencia, children also gain some insight into the importance of respect and tolerance, as the history of Spain and flamenco illustrates the overlapping of different cultures, religions, classes, languages and philosophies (Catholics, Muslims, Sephardic Jews and Gypsies, to name a few.) Exploring the story of flamenco is a unique opportunity to discuss how this coexistence wasn’t always conflict-free and to value the importance of living in harmony with our fellow human beings.

This artform exists thanks to the multicultural history of Spain, and we celebrate this with our first and last “OLE!”


One of Barbara’s favorite things to do is bring her friends to perform in the schools. This group of professional flamenco musicians and dancers conduct interactive age-appropriate presentations for grades K-12. The typical assembly takes places in the auditorium or gym and lasts 45-60 minutes. The performance interspersed with narration covering all of the main elements of flamenco. The most enjoyable assemblies are ones where students can try some clapping patterns and simple arm and hand movements from their seats, and additionally can involve bringing some students up to the stage to learn a short dance sequence.

Assemblies can also include bringing some students up to the stage to learn a short dance sequence. It is also nice to conclude the assemblies with a 5-minute Question and Answer session to give the students and teachers a chance to connect with each of the artists.

Click to see sample video clips:
Sevillanas Dance with Castanets | Rumba Song | Palmas, The Art of Clapping | Finale

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