The “Sevillana” (Spanish pronunciation: [seβiˈʝana]) is a traditional flamenco-inspired Spanish folk dance that originates in Seville (Spain). They are one of the first dances you will will learn when taking flamenco classes and one you will revisit and improve throughout your life as a flamenco dancer. Once you learn it, you can dance it with anyone at any occasion. Sevillanas are the only dance form in flamenco performed in pairs and can be seen at gatherings, nightclubs or simply on the streets of Seville. Every spring the people of Seville participate in La Feria de Sevilla (the Seville Fair ). Traditionally women get a flamenco dressed made every year to attend this week-long event and sevillanas are danced day and night for a week. People review, refresh and practise their sevillanas often ahead of time to enjoy performing them in public at the feria. Our students perform sevillanas at various levels of expertise at most of our public school showcases and events. This tutorial has been created to support you at all stages of your learning. ¿Bailamos por sevillanas?
Sevillana #1 (First verse) La Primera Copla
The Sevillanas’ steps are a traditional choreography and although there are variations in style and mostly in the second and third “coplas” (verses), the structure is the same, so they can be danced with anyone else who knows them anytime, anywhere.
Paso de Sevillana: The most common dance step performed in Sevillanas includes a front and backward stepping pattern
Pasada/Pasadas: Partners switch places with each other twice in each verse.
Brushed steps A waltzing, 3-count step
Careos: Passing waltzing steps in which dancers switch positions facing each other, the word “cara” means “face”, “careos” meaning face t0 face.
Vuelta/s: pivot turns.
Sevillana #2 (Second verse) La Segunda Copla
Sevillanas Structure and Rhythm
The rhythm of Sevillanas can be interpreted as 3/4, although it is generally 6/8.
Coplas: Each sevillana is composed of 4 “coplas“.
Tercios: each “copla” or verse is divided into 3 sections or tercios (1/3s), the dancers switch places with a “Pasada” at the end of each “tercio” (third), except on the first sevillana, where there are 4 additional pasadas at the end.