Did you know that one of the best ways to start getting comfortable when improvising Bulerías Por Fiesta is to keep it simple? In fact, the top flamenco artists in Spain always teach their students to keep it simple!
👑 In the short video below is one of the queens of Bulerías - María del Mar Moreno - demonstrating a cute little pataíta in class 💃🏻
What I like about this pataíta is how María uses a simple 6 count remate at the end of the first sung line (as the salida) and another 6 count remate at the end of the repeat of the first sung line. (there is marcaje in between these two remates)
Using a remate to resolve with the end of a sung line shows you are in tune with the cante - which is pretty much the goal when improvising Bulerías Por Fiesta.
A good way to get comfortable and confident with using remates in your patada is by using short 6 count remates. It's much easier than trying to figure out when to put in a 12 count remate!
On the plus side if you do perform a 6 count remate and realise you came in too soon, all you need to do is continue on with a couple of extra stamps to round out the compás. Keep your game face on, and no one will ever know! 😉
🧰 WATCH the video and look out for the two 6 count remates at the start of the letra!!
I share my step-by-step framework teaching flamenco dancers how to pull off the perfect pataíta and dance 'in the middle' (aka improvise!) without feeling terrified, not hearing the cues or knowing the parts of the dance!