Alternative Flamenco

The three Flamenco dancers with a superimposed band in the background...

Last night in Madrid I went to my first Flamenco show. It was described as “alternative” flamenco. Perhaps it’s best to see a traditional Flaminco show before an alternative one. Without the former experience I wasn’t entirely sure where the variations began. I am pretty sure that, as of ten years ago, the band was actually present on stage instead of projected onto a big screen behind the dancers and that same screen didn’t host images of a man in jean shorts running along a beach or scenes of underwater life skimming the ocean floor. But so it was in this show that I saw with my 75-year-old Godmother.

There were a few splendid moments though – namely when the lone female danced solo in an oversized peacock dress and when the three of them tapped their feet in unison around stage. I was sad that no maracas were involved, but I am intrigued. I would like to look into classes when I arrive in the South. And I will certainly see another show.

A psychadelic rendition of the traditional Spanish dance...

About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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