An Instructional Detailing

Introduction Bulerías de Jerez - so cool and so much fun yet complicated and scary for those of us who were born in lands far from Spain!  We long to get up and dance at a juerga, but there is so much to think about: when to enter, when to leave, how to stay in compás.  Then, to top it all off, we have to follow the singer, and what if she sings something we are unfamiliar with?!  The good news is that although bulerías are "improvisational," there is a structure we can follow to successfully dance to a typical Jerez letra (verse), even one we aren’t familiar with.

Part 1 [the Compás] El Compás.  Perhaps our most important role is to respect the compás (the rhythm)...yes, easier said than done.  You may count (thinking of it in sixes works best for me) or you may just hear it, whatever works for you, but staying in compás is of utmost importance.  Bulerías is a conversation, going in without compás would be like entering without a voice or perhaps more accurately, with a very distracting one!  The compás unifies us; we need not be afraid of it.  Instead we should have fun with it, play with it, enjoy being in the groove and the feeling of connectedness it brings...

More coming soon direct from Jerez...