SEVILLANAS FAIR IN ROJALES
Sevillanas are a type of folk music and dance of Sevilla and its region. In the 19th century they were influenced by Flamenco. They have a relatively limited musical pattern but are rich in lyrics based on country life, virgins, country towns, neighborhoods, pilgrimage, and love themes.
Sevillanas can be heard mainly in fairs and festivals, including the famous Seville Fair, Feria de abril de Sevilla. There is an associated dance for the music: “Baile por sevillanas“, consisting of four different parts. One can find schools teaching “baile por sevillanas” in nearly every town in Spain.
Sevillanas are danced by couples of all ages and sexes during celebrations (fiestas or ferias), often by whole families and towns. Sevillana choreography is very stable and knowing it is very useful, since it is a festival dance. This is why those intending to dance flamenco usually start by learning sevillanas; they are easier to master and there are more occasions for practice and training.
SEVILLANAS CONTEST IN ROJALES
The upcoming 18th of May, the 3rd sevillanas fair is held next to a sevillanas contest in Rojales.
The contest will consist of two categories: the juvenile and the adult.
The youth category is intended for people who belong to a dance school or have an academic background, with an age range between 6 and 16 years.
The adult category is intended for people who belong to a dance school or have academic training, over 18 years.
Couples can be mixed or of the same sex and must present a piece. The music must be in MP3 format on USB and CD.
They must submit registration before 10/05/2019 providing the data of both and their consent regarding the legalities of image rights. Registration will take place at the Town Hall of Rojales, at the information and tourism office of Rojales between 08:00 and 14:00.
The jury will be made up of 3 professionals, and it will be mandatory to use costumes according to the theme of the contest.
The contest will be on May 18, 2019 at 21: 30h at the Paraje El Recorral in the San Isidro Pilgrimage. On the same day, the winners of the contest will be designated.
There will be 2 prizes per modality and they will consist of plates and cash.
If you dance Sevillanas, don´t hesitate to look for more information and possibly participate; and if you just like watching this beautiful type of Spanish dance, this is a great opportunity to see a nice Sevillanas act. Maybe we see you there?