Flamenco, Castanets

Appropriate for grades: K - 12
Subject areas: History and Social Studies Visual and Performing Arts

Flamenco is a folkloric dance that was handed down from generation to generation. Flamenco is supposed to be the outward expression of one’s innermost emotions. It was originally performed within families or tight-knit communities, largely of Gitano (Spanish Romany) origin in southern Spain. Flamenco is characterized by intense emotion and feeling (duende). Castanets were most commonly used in the 18th century classical court dancing called escuela bolero and, regional folkloric dances. Flamenco dancers also used, castanets, during the 19th and 20th centuries. In New Mexico today, they are used in classical Spanish dance, Flamenco, and are incorporated by Hispano Rock bands. Spanish Language Version

Teaching / Learning Goals:

Teachers and students will …


  • Understand how castanets are used with flamenco dance movements (historical and cultural understanding).
  • Discover different solutions in the process of creating button castanets (perceiving, analyzing, and responding). 
  • Learn how to pair buttons to generate unique rhythms (creating and performing).

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