Flamenco props, known as “elementos flamencos,” demand dedicated practice. Students gradually develop the strength, technique, and finesse required to handle these props seamlessly.

Check out My Guides to Buying your First Shawl, Fan, Castanets and Bata de Cola

El Mantón – The Shawl:

The mantón is a large,  shawl that flamenco dancers often use to enhance their movements. It is draped over the shoulders and arms and manipulated in a way that complements the dance.

(see guide)

The fan has many different uses. It is used as a symbol of elegance and to refresh us when we feel hot. During many years the fan served to transmit feelings and hidden pasions.

Used in Guajiras.

Guide to buy your  first fan.

La Bata de Bola – Long-Trail Skirt:

The bata de cola, or long-trail skirt, is a flamboyant skirt with a long train characteristic of some flamenco dance styles. It requires a special technique. 

La bata de bola – long-trail skirt (see guide)

Las Castañuelas – The Castanets:

Castanets are hand-held percussion instruments that dancers use to produce rhythmic sounds during their performance. Mastering castanets requires additional training. 


Las castañuelas – the castanets (see guide)

El Sombrero “Cordobés” or “Andalúz” – Spanish Hat:

The Cordobés or Andalúz hat is a classic Spanish hat that adds a touch of traditional charm and sophistication to the dancer’s attire. It can be either worn or used as a prop, similar to a fan. 

Each element requires not only physical skill but also a deep understanding of how to express emotion and integrate them into the dance. As students progress, they gain an appreciation for the cultural significance and artistic nuances associated with each prop.


Tips to buy your first Shawl (Manton) Size of Manton They should be square-shaped, at least 140cm x 140cm (55″x55″), not including fringe. There are some that are somewhat smaller, but they’re just too small to dance with. Of course, there are much larger ones, especially vintage ones. But again,

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