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Viva Espana!!


OLA!  Welcome to the April Zara's Zouk Newsletter!
 

This month we have gone all Spanish! Well, being geographically close it is not surprising that southern Spain and  north Africa have had an influence on each other's dance and music since the Moorish rule of Spain in the 8th century. We are exploring some of these links below via our Spanish inspired items.

To get you in the Spanish mood, Click here is an incredible example of a young flamenco dancer.  She has a powerful stage presence and amazing ability!  Enjoy!!

spanish shawl
MANILA SHAWLS 

Now quintessentially Spanish, these richly embroidered, fringed shawls originated in China and were first brought to Spain, via the Philippines, in the 15th Century and have been popular ever since!

They  add a touch of Espana to any oufit!  
Great for bellydancers to wear as a  hip belt or to use as a prop     Check our stock:


STARTING FROM ONLY £9.99.
CASTANETS

The Phoenicians (1,000 BC) used wooden, hand percussion instruments much like castanets and their use spread throughout the Mediterranean area. Later metal was also used, as still seen today in Moroccan castanets, and Egyptian zills.

To play castanets, wrap the string around your thumb, and click the shells together. 

OUR SPANISH CASTANETS ARE ONLY £9.99 
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SPANISH FANS

Fans were popular in Egypt for keeping cool and swatting flies.  As they moved into Spain the Moors of North Africa brought with them a protective attitude towards women and the hand fan was perfect for providing a sense of privacy and mystery whilst also giving relief from the heat. It has also proved to be a great dance prop as you can see here!!

CHECK OUT OUR FANS HERE ONLY £3.50

SEVILLANA FLAMENCO WEAR

Seville has an amazing Arab heritage. The spotted flamenco dresses, skirts and outfits were influenced by the Sevillanas folk dance and music from Seville. They are frilly, spotty, lavish, sophisticated, beautiful and ON ZARA'S ZOUK.

We have skirts, dresses, tops and more suitable for all dancers  .......

CHECK THEM OUT HERE !!

!! OTHER INFORMATION !!

OFF TO EGYPT so send us your shopping lists!


I am off to Egypt at the end of this month so if there is anything specific you would like brought back, new items you would like us to stock or anything else,  please email me and I'll do my best to fulfil your request!  
Of course, it goes without saying that there is absolutely no pressure to buy anything you suggest.


SO EMAIL US NOW :D 
COME AND MEET US IN WALES AT THE  Lampeter World Dance Festival AND SEE SOME FLAMENCO!  

A wonderful festival hosted by three great teacher/performers, Dixey,  Lyza and Rose!!!  WOW!!!  We are excited!!

Zara will be dancing Iraqi  Kawlee style.

Zara's Zouk will be there, with lots of Egyptian, Spanish and Tribal goodies, on Friday 19th April  so please come along to say Hello!!

The festival continues on Saturday when there will be some great opportunities to try a class.

Hope to see you there! Bye for now,
Happy Shimmies  Zara & Sandra x x
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