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Flamenco is a genre of Spanish music, song, and dance from Andalusia, in southern Spain, that includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps). First mentioned in literature in 1774, the genre grew out of Andalusian and Romani music and dance styles. In recent years flamenco has become popular all over the world and is taught in many countries: in Japan there are more academies than there are in Spain. On November 16, 2010 UNESCO declared flamenco one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

There are many assertions as to the use of the name flamenco as a musical term (summarized below) but no solid evidence for any of them. The word was not recorded as a musical and dance term until the late 18th century. The word flamenco is the Spanish name for the Greater Flamingo, a bird native to southern Spain. The Flamenco dance style derives much from Romani dances that have elements that can be traced all the way back to northern India, from where the Romani originated, and can still be seen there in the present day Kathak dance. It has been suggested that the term flamenco may have originally been a Spanish colloquialism for the dance's resemblance to the movements of the flamingo, though others have drawn an image of the Flemish courtiers of Carlomagno, or Charles I of Spain, who were known for their florid and exaggerated displays of courtesy at Court at a time when the native aristocrats patronized Gitano players and performers, more ready to satirize the despised but powerful incomers than any other.

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