Flamenco’s Fancy Footwork


While the “zapateado” can be used to refer to a specific dance flamenco dancers (mainly the male dancers) do to imitate Spanish cowboys, the term can also refer to flamenco foot-stomping, which a dancer uses to demonstrate his or her skill and accentuate the rhythms. There are three very basic moves in flamenco footwork:
— the tacon, in which the dancer stomps with his or her heel.
— the planta, in which the dancer stomps with the ball of his or her feet.
— the golpe, in which the dancer stomps with his or her whole foot.
In this video, Cruz Luna demonstrates “Zapateado de Cadiz” chaps and all. (The dancing starts at 1:00.)