Patricia Skeet gave us a fantastic insight into Flamenco.
She told us about its origins in Spain and how it has remained an important art form. Her explanation of the art – the singing, hand clapping, music and dance – was really interesting. She showed us some lovely old film footage of the Guitanos and also some film of modern day flamenco/ ballet fusion.
Patricia demonstrated flamenco dancing to us and then explained the clothing and shoes worn by men and women. She explained the differences in the male and female hand movements and the importance of the gestures and skirt movements used
She encouraged us to dress in some of the clothes that she brought and then, of course, showed us some movements which we put to music. There was a lot of foot stamping and clapping which made it sound fantastic.