Part 3: Marvelous Madrid, Spain — Flamenco by da-AL

Flamenco goddess Carmen Amaya. Flamenco goddess Carmen Amaya.

My father was from Spain, so even though I was born and mostly raised in the U.S., the music of my childhood was solely European classical and flamenco. That’s why my upcoming novel is named, “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat,” and here flamenco my marvelous visit to Madrid merits a post of its own.

When it comes to flamenco, Seville gets all of the attention. Madrid’s Casa Patas, however, was amazing!!! My photos turned out awful — instead, here’s someone else’s video from another show. Each night features different performers. As terrific as these young girls are — the adult performers were even better!!!

How I wish young girls everywhere knew that beauty has little to do with popularity, wealth, youth, and plastic surgery. If only every single one of them was encouraged to artistically express unrestrained exuberance, anger, strength, fury, humor, and passion …

The beauty of flamenco is very different from that of Hollywood…

All-time flamenco goddess, Carmen Amaya

Flamenco star of today, Sara Baras…

Next, in Part 4, Madrid hostess par excellence Henrietta Fielden, her home, and her pets — all delightful enough to merit a separate post and a video!

Other posts about our memorable vacation:

Barcelona, Spain

Huesca, Spain

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France

Espelette, France

French Basque Country: Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Bayonne, and Biarritz

San Sebastián, Spain

Bilbao, Spain

León, Spain

Madrid, Spain — Part 1Part 2 — this post (Part 3) — Part 4

Have you ever been enchanted by a country’s special dance?

33 thoughts on “Part 3: Marvelous Madrid, Spain — Flamenco by da-AL

  1. Thank you for sharing your adventures, can see the world through your eyes!… I am afraid that this is one dance I will have to decline, but I still dance to the music of life… 😉

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover, acquire new friends and gain knowledge of yourself and the world.” Samual Clemens aka Mark Twain

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  2. I love the upcoming book name, “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat”. And the videos are fab. I especially like the first one as it’s great to see young girls become more empowered and confident though dance. Flamenco, and dance generally really, is an incredibly powerful way to express yourself. xx

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  3. What a marvelous time you have had. Only once in my life have I seen dancers performing “Flamenco.” Yes, capitalized, because this is truly an art form. But it seems so much more than dancing, it is a way of life, a view of life, an outpouring of exuberance. I am so enjoying your trip through Spain. You have no idea how much it means to someone whose traveling days are long past. Not complaining as long as I have friends who share their excursions and I can experience them vicariously. I appreciate you, my friend.

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  4. Wow! What amazing talent and the expressive and passionate faces – fantastic videos.

    I’ve not been to Madrid, but did drive in Reg (our motorhome) from UK to France to Spain and saw many gorgeous places such as Valencia, Barcelona, Cambrils, Taragona, and more – must return. 🙂

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