dance was one of the finest dances done before or today along
and all the Contemporary dances. This Spanish dance documentation
goes way back to the Hellenic period (550 B.C.).
The Spanish Jaleo (also called Chufla) was usually
danced impromptu by a supple, agile gypsy with castanets, to a guitar
accompaniment and the haunting notes of an ancient love song. The
Jaleo was always danced by a woman and was the veritable expression
of the Spanish Gypsy soul. The female dancer bounds, darted, swayed,
wheels and invites. In El Jaleo was passion and ecstasy. In Flamenco
the Jaleo denotes encouragement of the dancers and singers along
with hand-clapping, shouts of "Ole" as well as various
other enthusiastic expressions of approval.
The Gypsy whirling dance called the Jaleo
de Xeres (Jeres) and the Olé
were somewhat similar to the Fandango,
their charm consisting in their rapid combination of gestures and
motions, and were said to be in high favor among the Andalusians.
The former is not infrequently introduced in American stage ballets.
The Jaleo de Xeres (Jerez) was usually danced impromptu by an agile
gypsy with castanets, accompanied by a guitar and the haunting notes
of an ancient love song. Danced exclusively by women, the Jaleo
was the veritable expression of the Spanish gypsy soul.
The Dance called the Merengue
has its roots in the "Jaleo."