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Flamenco 佛朗明哥

A flamenco dancer performs in Santander, Spain.一名佛朗明哥舞者在西班牙桑坦德市表演。 (照片:法新社)


Have you ever heard music coming from somewhere and felt like you just had to dance? There are many different ways to dance. Most people today just make up their dances as they go along.

In the past, people learned different kinds of dance, studied steps and taught other people to do them. The dance the woman in this picture is doing is part of a Spanish musical style called flamenco.

As you can see from the picture, flamenco is very dramatic. For many people, flamenco is not just a style of music; it is a way of life. The people who first started flamenco had a very long, hard history, so the music and dancing are full of pain, but also hope.

If you just look at the picture, you might think the dramatic dancing is the most important part of flamenco. Actually, the song itself is the most important part. The songs are carefully written and the words to many of them are like poetry.

(Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)






Today's Words 今天單字

1. style n.

風格 (feng1 ge2)

例: In Chinese, there are many different styles of writing the characters.


2. dramatic v.i. /v.t.

戲劇性的 (xi4 ju4 xing4 de5)

例: I don't know why Jim was crying and screaming so loudly when he got bitten by a mosquito. There was no reason to be so dramatic.


3. poetry n.

詩 (shi1)

例: Seth likes to read novels, but Randy likes to read poetry.


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