Vanesa Garcia is an andalusian Flamenco dancer based in Madrid. She will be collaborating with us by giving you the best introduction to the infinate misteries and insights of this art form.
Vanesa is passionate about Flamenco since her childhood, she was born in the province of Malaga (Andalusia, Southern Spain), where Flamenco was born.
It is a form of Spanish folk music, dance and for many a way of life.
It includes singing, guitar playing, dance and handclaps. The first written mentioning in literature goes back to the late 18th century. It grew out of Andalusian and "Romani" (gypsies) music and dance style. Flamenco is often associated with the Romani people of Spain (Gitanos) and a number of famous Flamenco artists are of this ethnicity. Flamenco was first recorded in the late 18th century but the genre underwent a dramatic development in the late 19th century.
Flamenco has its contrasts throughout history. Back in the 60's and 70's it was often related to the nightlife, alcohol and outlaw activities, but thanks to the work of many legends like Paco de Lucía and Camarón de la Isla it started being recognized in the 80's. Nowadays Flamenco lives his golden age once again: Sara Varas and Joaquin Cortés are good examples of this success.