The seductive Flamenco dancers
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I try hard to look into her eyes every time she turns towards me, but I can not. Her movements are fast, very fast. Should I look at the expression in her eyes and face or should I look at her feet tapping merrily on the beat of hand clapping and the song? One more time she swirls gracefully holding her long skirt. It has lace and layers of ruffles. Sometimes she just flicks it in style. If she does not do it, then the ankle length skirt is long enough to make her trip and fall over.
Her costume reflects the traditional culture of song and dance and is influenced by Andalusian gypsy women who accompanied livestock traders to livestock fairs in Seville in earlier days.
The colour of her flamenco shoes match with her dress. Invariably they catch my attention. She flaunts them while she dances away energetically to the tunes of the song.
These shoes are hand made by artisans in Spain using quality leather and wood to ensure the shoe is robust enough to stand up to constant use. The nails in the wooden heels and toes are what make these shoes special, for, they allow the dancers to use their feet to make perfect rhythmic percussive sound that complement and enhance the music.
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