The “Sevillana”Ā (Spanish pronunciation:Ā [seĪ²iĖˆŹana]) is aĀ traditionalĀ flamenco-inspired Spanish folk dance that originates in Seville (Spain).Ā They are one of the first dances you willĀ 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.Ā Sevillanas are the only dance form in flamenco performed in pairs and canĀ be seen atĀ gatherings, nightclubs or simply on the streets of Seville. Ā Every spring the people of Seville participate inĀ La Feria de Sevilla (theĀ Seville FairĀ ). 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.Ā People review, refresh and practise their sevillanasĀ oftenĀ ahead of time to enjoy performing them inĀ publicĀ 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.Ā ĀæBailamos por sevillanas?

Sevillana #1 (First verse) La Primera Copla

Sevillanas StepsĀ 

The Sevillanas’ steps are a traditional choreography andĀ 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 Ā Sevillana:Ā The most common dance step performed in Sevillanas includes a front and backward stepping pattern
Pasada/Pasadas:Ā Partners switch places with each other twice in each verse.
Brushed stepsĀ A waltzing, 3-count step
Careos: PassingĀ waltzingĀ steps in which dancers switch positions facing each other, the word “cara” meansĀ “face”,Ā Ā “careos”Ā meaningĀ face t0 face.
Vuelta/s:Ā  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.Ā 

Coplas:Ā Each sevillana is composed of 4 “coplas“.Ā 

Tercios: each “copla” or verse isĀ divided into 3Ā sectionsĀ  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.Ā 

Sevillana #3 (Third verse) La Tercera Copla

Sevillana #4 (Fourth verse) La Cuarta Copla