Flamenco Por La Vida Brings Spanish Flavor to Phoenix Every Week

Head to the Plaza Mayor in the heart of Madrid and walk a few steps from the center square down one of the cobblestoned streets. Peek into Tablao Flamenco Arco de Cuchillleros, one of the city's premiere flamenco spots. The tables in the intimate venue are filled with tourists, sipping on sangria and snacking on chips as a flamenco troupe -- a singer, a few dancers, and palmeros clapping in time with the music -- keep all eyes glued to the stage. This type of performance is a must-see if you're ever in the area; the traditional flamenco dance that originated in southern Spain has been around for more than 200 years.

Walk by Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix on a Saturday night, and glance inside the window to the lounge. The bar area's tiny stage has been taken over by locals in bright, beautiful garb, with the ladies in long, colorful, ruffled dresses and the men in matching shirts or simple black attire. There's a Spanish guitarist on stage, playing the same rhythms you might hear back in Madrid. And as the troupe begins to sing and dance to the music that's gleaned from gypsy cultures from all over Europe and Asia, Phoenix's own little slice of Madrid comes alive amid the noise of downtown.

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Nicki Escudero
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