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¡Olé! Flamenco

Written and photographed by George Ancona


FLAMENCO—it's singing, it's dancing, it's guitar playing! It's an exciting, expressive art form that has evolved over hundreds of years.

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, we meet Janira Cordova, who is studying flamenco. The students in her dance company, Flamenco's Next Generation, are eager to learn the tools of their art: how to move their hands, arms, feet, and bodies to the rhythms of the songs and music. When it is finally time to perform at Santa Fe's annual Spanish Market, the young dancers can’t wait to get onstage and showcase their skills. As the singing, music, and clapping surround the dancers, Janira's arms and hands flow through the air. Her skirt whirls. Her feet stamp the floor. Her dancing expresses her joy as she proudly carries on the colorful tradition of flamenco.

With captivating photographs and engaging text, George Ancona explores the origins, history, techniques, and performance of flamenco. Come along and catch flamenco fever. ¡Olé!

Booktalk with author/photographer George Ancona

Word Scramble

Américas Award Commended Title

Best of the Best Books
Chicago Public Library

Pura Belpré Author Award Honor

ALA Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)

"Choices" list
Cooperative Children's Book Center

Interest Level
Grades 2 - 6
Reading Level
Grades 3 - 4
Art, Dance, Family Traditions, Historical Interest, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Music, Self Esteem/Identity, Nonfiction, Photographic Illustrations
About the Creators

George Ancona is an award-winning author and photographer known for his vivid, eye-catching images. He has written and/over photographed more than one hundred books for young readers. In 2002 Ancona received the Washington Post Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for his work providing quality nonfiction for young readers. Ancona and his wife live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can find him online at georgeancona.com.

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