Brazilian singer Michel Teló’s song “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” became THE song that everyone had stuck in their heads for the entirety of my semester in Spain. All it took was one person to say, “Nossa, nossa…” and everyone else would join in.
*JOURNAL ENTRY: February 10, 2012*
I went and saw my very first Flamenco show last night! I went to a restaurant called “T de Triana” on Calle Betis that has Flamenco performances every Tuesday and Thursday nights. The dancers are INCREDIBLE. They have lightning feet!
Flamenco dancers 🙂
Flamenco is performed on 12 counts. Dancers tap their feet and clap their hands to keep the rhythm. There are many varieties, but here’s the most common/basic beat for clapping your hands: 1-2-CLAP! 4-5-CLAP! 7-CLAP! 9-CLAP! 11-CLAP!
And then you start back at one. It’s very fast-paced, and difficult to keep up! Try practicing it and you’ll have taken the first step on your way to learning Flamenco. 🙂
TIP: for me it’s harder to clap and keep track of my counts at the same time, so I just do this: 1-2-CLAP! 1-2-CLAP! 1-CLAP! 1-CLAP! 1-CLAP!
The most memorable song from our first night clubbing in Madrid. It would turn out to be one of the most popular songs during the months I spent abroad. “Johnny, la gente esta muy loca…”
Warning: NSFW (Not Safe For Work)