Dance, the Spanish Fandango from Warriors' Experience


  • Dance, the Spanish Fandango

Question:

Théun, is it true that the Fandango dance is about courting, and that it is the most common dance of the Spaniards? And what exactly does all the stamping mean?

Answer:

:) What you know about the Fandango is the face value. The Fandango, like ALL flamenco dances, originates from the Spanish Gypsies. The Spaniards as such, do NOT dance flamenco - they dance what are known as the Regional dances, of which there are a great many. Only the gypsies do what you have termed "stamping." LOL! Stamping is actually called zapadeado, pronounced thapadeado, and meaning FOOT-WORK. The rhythmic clapping of hands and snapping of fingers is called palmas, and the exquisite wrist, hand and arm movements are termed brazos, pronounced brathos.

Why I point all this out is because to the Spanish Gypsies dancing is a SACRED EXPRESSION of their inner search for the Divine Rhythm of the One Life, and they spend their LIFETIMES perfecting their zapadeado, palmas and brazos as an INDIVIDUAL EXPRESSION of the inner Self, and therefore to simply refer to this as so much stamping and clapping is the height of IGNORANCE demonstrating a CONTEMPT for that which is not grasped! Likewise is the Fandango an expression of the eternal STRUGGLE at achieving the ULTIMATE intelligent co-operation between MALE and FEMALE as a REFLECTION of the prime DUALITY of the One Life termed the nagal-tonal. Therefore it is far from accurate to say that the Fandango is merely a courting dance! :)

Furthermore, such is the nature of the Spanish Gypsies that they NEVER have SET dances. The steps are SET, but only in terms of the RHYTHM being utilised. Therefore EVERY time a dance is being performed it is PURE IMPROVISATION, and the dancers BASE their improvisation upon WHAT they are experiencing in the moment, not only between themselves, but even more importantly, what they experience OF themselves in RELATION to the inner Self and how this is reflected within their outer relationships. So, if a couple engage in, let us say the Fandango, they give EXPRESSION to what is going on for THEM at THAT moment in time by making the dance REFLECT this. So if they are experiencing a closeness between them, they will show this in their dance. If they feel DISTANT from one another their dance will show this. If one of them feels close and the other feels like pushing away, again their dance will reflect this. If the relationship between them is being REAL the dance will show this. If the relationship is light and frivolous and superficial, the dance will show this too!

Every wrist movement, every brazos, are to the Gypsies like the Dream symbols are to us. And every rhythm performed with their feet is an expression of their INTENT! Sometimes their zapadeado is soft, almost inaudible, reflecting a deep soul searching, fragile, vulnerable, uncertain; at other times it simply explodes with the exuberant fire of an all-consuming passion and the sheer joy in being alive; at other times it is haunting, repetitive, trying to break free from a recurring pattern, frustrated, filled with a poignant sadness bordering onto despair; but NEVER is the SAME dance repeated ever again; the power lies IN the MOMENT! You will never see the SAME Fandango twice!

Quite something, no? :) This is why I mentioned the transcendental nature of dance to Z. A gypsy couple can express FAR MORE in dancing together in just ONE dance, than we can ever express in a THOUSAND words!