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See Article History. Fandango, exuberant Spanish courtship dance and a genre of Spanish folk song. The dance, probably of Moorish origin, was popular in Europe in the 18th century and survives in the 20th century as a folk dance in Spain, Portugal, southern France, and Latin America.What is a fandango?
Fandangos can be sung to accompany the dance or as solos. As a dance and as a genre of song, the fandango exists both within and outside of the flamenco (q.v.), or Andalusian Gypsy, tradition.Can Fandango be sung or danced?
Fandango can both be sung and danced. Sung fandango is usually bipartite: it has an instrumental introduction followed by "variaciones". Sung fandango usually follows the structure of "cante" that consist of four or five octosyllabic verses (coplas) or musical phrases (tercios). Occasionally, the first copla is repeated.Why is Fandango the leading dance of Spain?
The progress of the Fandango, a highly boasted dance, is one of the proofs which, backed by the decisions of the Spaniards, establishes the Fandango as the leading dance of Spain, along with the Flamencoand as the one which stands in the highest estimation.