WHAT WE CAN HOPE TO LEARN FROM FLAMENCO.

"Can anybody learn flamenco?" I can't count the number of times I've been asked that question and to be perfectly honest I've always struggled with the answer. Somehow it never felt like a simple 'yes' or 'no' question. To say yes was to be over-simplistic and to say no sounded a little too precious. What is that question really asking? Can anybody learn steps? Sure. Can anybody interpret a song while dancing in rhythm and communicating shifts in dynamic to live musicians? Uhh... maybe? Can anyone learn to clap a12-count rhythm? Yes. Can anyone internalize the subtleties of syncopation and express them through precise footwork? I don't really know. What are we really asking? I think a far mo

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