Japanese Flamenco Dancer Capturing Hearts of Londoners

Society Culture

London, Dec. 2 (Jiji Press)--Nanako Aramaki, the only professional flamenco dancer from Japan performing in London, has been winning the hearts of Londoners with her brilliant dance steps on stage, while also working as an employee of a telecommunications-related company.

One recent Sunday evening, the 36-year-old started dancing to a festive sevillana song performed by a singer and a guitar player on the stage of a downtown Spanish restaurant.

As the performance continued with tangos and alegrias tunes, Aramaki's powerful steps, in tandem with the music and handclaps, brought the show to a climax. A round of applause filled the packed restaurant when the show ended to cries of "Ole!"

There are countless tunes for each genre of the traditional Spanish performing arts known for passionate dancing and singing.

Unlike shows on big stages, the "tablao" style of performance at restaurants is usually done without rehearsal, with the improvisations of the dancer holding the key to the success of the show.

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