Flamenco virtuoso strums Spanish guitar
November 23, 2005
Supervisor Ammiano staff aide, Tomas Lee, treated the Sentinel
to a luncheon recital of flamenco standards yesterday during an
impromtu meeting to discuss universal health care.
"It's a great way to relieve stress," reported Lee,
a veteran of gypsy-footed travels within San Francisco governance
over the years.
Lee's travel grace is mirrored in flamenco dance deriving its
origins from at least four cultures; Gypsies, Moors, Jews and
Flamenco is a traditional form of dance practiced throughout
Spain. In the Sacromonte area of Granada tourists can witness
and even take part in the flamboyant dances.
Gypsy refugees entering Spain in the 15th century have been credited
with the creation of flamenco. The communities had traveled extensively
throughout India and the Middle East and flamenco is a fusion
of the different dance, folklore and music traditions they encountered
on their travels. It symbolizes an outpouring of grief and emotion
at being mistreated and downtrodden by every civilization they