I thought I’d share this video of the choreography we did in the int/adv class the last session, Caracoles con Manton.
The palo (flamenco rhythm) of Caracoles belongs in the family of Cantiñas, musically similar to Alegrías. It got its name because of the style of estribillo (short phrases sung at the end of a song) that concludes the cante (song). It is said that the caracoleros (snail vendors) would sing this estribillo throughout the streets of Cadiz while selling their food. The estribillo became incorporated into this palo, thus getting its name.
There’s no tradition of Caracoles with a manton (shawl). I just like using the manton anytime I can!
This video has a llamada (call or the big break movement that tells the singer to sing) and two letras (verses). We didn’t complete it, but life goes on! Enjoy!!