No dance class this week, so I’m very glad for the movie clips I’ve taken during past weeks that I can review/practice and for the wonderful videos available on YouTube – like this one. Very inspiring. The boxes that some of the musicians are sitting on and drumming are called cajóns. During the last few classes, Laura has been teaching us how to play the cajón as well as castanets. Such a blast.
The variety of rhythms for flamenco is fascinating. We’ve been focusing quite a bit on the alegría, which is one of the 12-beat rhythms. Particularly interesting (and challenging) is that the count starts on 12, rather than following the familiar pattern of 1-2-3-4, and the accents are like this: TWELVE, one, two, THREE, four, five, SIX, seven, EIGHT, nine, TEN, eleven, TWELVE, one, . . .
Last week she introduced the bulería. That one goes: TWELVE, one, two, THREE, four, five, six, SEVEN, EIGHT, nine, TEN, eleven, TWELVE, one, . . .
Like I said — fascinating and challenging. Pure fun.