Learning the Sevillianas

First a little history...

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There is some dispute as to whether the Sevillians, the most prominent dance in Andalucia actually originated in Sevilla or Castille.  In any case, you will see it danced socially at every neighborhood celebration and night club.  There are radio stations devoled entirely to the music, and new albums are released in this genera every year.  Most everyone in Spain knows the dances and they are even taught in schools.

Some "flamenco purists" look down on Sevillanas and claim that this art form is not a relative of flamenco, but there are many dancers and scholars who disagree, and it certainly can't be denied that the Sevillanas are inextricably linked to local life, with many eminent dancers including it in their repertoire.

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Here are the steps used in the Sevillanas...

Careos (carts) -A type of passing step used in the fourth copla
Esquinas (corners) -To step from side to side
Pasada (a pass) -To change place with your partner
Sevillana - The basic Sevillanas step
Vuelta -A Flamenco turn
Zapateado -Loud footwork made by stomping or tapping
Rond de jambe and pas de basque are two ballet steps that are used in the second copla.

Now let's check out the Primera Sevilliana (first variation)

This video is from LS Flamenco located in Massachusetts.

Now if you would like to learn, but need to see the moves in slow motion, here is another version from LaGabriellaLopez that includes written instructions in English.

Once you have begun to learn The Sevillianas, you will recognize them anywhere.  The following videos show you how different they can look when danced in different places by different people.  Below each video I have tried to summarize the dance steps for those of you who want to take a crack at learning more.  

2ª/Segunda Paso de Sevillana | 2 golpes | 3 marcajes (step/slide) | 2 golpes or Golpe-scoot | Vuelta | Pasada Paso de Sevillana | 2 golpes | 5 waltz steps | 2 golpes or Golpe-scoot | Vuelta | Pasada Paso de Sevillana | 2 golpes | 7 steps walking | 2 golpes or Golpe-scoot Vuelta | Final

3ª/Tercera Paso de Sevillana | 2 golpes | 5 marcajes around in circle | 2 golpes or Golpe-scoot | Vuelta | Pasada Paso de Sevillana | Footwork 3 times | 2 golpes or Golpe-scoot | Vuelta | Pasada Paso de Sevillana | Pasada | 2 golpes | 5 marcajes around in circle | 2 golpes or Golpe-scoot Vuelta | Final

4ª/Cuarta Paso de Sevillana | Diagonal marcaje w/slap | 2 golpes or Golpe-scoot | Vuelta | Pasada Paso de Sevillana | 2 golpes | 1 carrera moving | 2 waltz steps | half carrera moving | Vuelta | Pasada Paso de Sevillana | 2 golpes | 3 & half carreras moving (or 7 waltz steps moving) Vuelta | Final

Recognizing certain constants within the dance is very helpful when learning these steps... so try to remember that in all four Sevillanas we:

Begin with the right foot forward
Begin with a Paso de Sevillana
Do a Pasada at the end of each verse
Do a Paso de Sevillana during the transition between each verse
End each verse with the left foot forward & right arm up 

Are you ready to give it a go yourself?  Even if you do not have a dance partner, it can be a really fun practice.  To that end I have created a playlist for you full of fun variations on the theme.  Enjoy!  And don't be afraid to get carried away!