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Flamenco is not merely a style of music song or dance from Spain but rather a way of life that influences the daily activities of many individuals The art of flamenco was intended to be an outward expression of an individuals most profound emotions and the flamenco way of life It was never intended to be a technical art performed with stoic precision yet without duende a passionfeeling for flamencoThe main components and styles of flamenco will be discussed briefly while an in depth presentation of the characteristics of flamenco dance baile and its evolution shall emerge subsequently Present day flamenco consists of singing cante dancing baile and guitar playing toque each of which is a distinctive art Those only vaguely introduced to flamenco may be surprised to learn that the cante was and is the centrepiece of the flamenco art form In contemporary times singers perform in the background and their singing is usually perceived as musical accompaniment to the dancersThroughout history however flamenco has been based on the art of singing and the cantaor singer often provided his own rhythmic accompaniment with rapping of the knuckles or a stick Various styles of flamenco permeate yet the art is divided into four specific categories including deepprofound flamenco jondo or grande intermediate flamenco intermedio light flamenco chico and popular flamenco Jondo or grande flamenco is the serious flamenco and is comparable with the blues of the southern United States Of all forms of flamenco this is the most difficult to understand and interpret properly The artists who explore this style are considered the nobility in the world of flamenco In order to grasp this style an artist must have a true feeling of flamenco duende that he is able to pass on to his audience Jondo flamenco is an emotional art and the artist must possess only enough technical proficiency to allow himher to communicate with spectators
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