“Sevillanas” are a very famous flamenco style. A typical dance and singing from Seville, Huelva and other Andalusia areas. Their main stage are Andalusia fairs such as Feria de Abril in Seville or El Rocío in Almonte (Huelva). Pilgrimage are also important.
In the past, "sevillanas" were very popular in neighbours yards. Origin of this style would be in the previous days to the arrival of "Reyes Católicos" to this region. They derived from "seguidilla castellanas", an old Castilian folk music and dance genre. Over the years, they were influenced by Flamenco. Dance was included in 18th century until reaching current "sevillanas" dance and singing. Same day of their foundation, they were performed for the first time in Seville Fair with the name of "sevillanas". "Real Academia Española de la lengua" (Royal Academy of the Spanish Language) will recognise this term in 1884 and it was included in the "Diccionario de la lengua española" (Dictionary of the Spanish language).
Currently, "sevillanas" are the most famous regional dance in Spain and on international level. There is a large number of professional artists and schools all over the world, where people learn to dance "sevillanas". Many important artists have performed this flamenco style: Concha Piquer, Paquita Rico, Lola Flores, La Niña de la Puebla, María Jiménez, Los Marismeños, Amigos de Ginés, Cantores de Híspalis and Ecos del Rocío.
A distinction can be drawn between quick and slow "sevillanas". They are normally danced in pairs. Sometimes, more than two people are required. It's divided into four "coplas", but in the past they were seven. Four main mouvements are: "paseillos", "pasadas", "careos" and "remate". End of last "copla" usually finish in a beautiful and romantic way. When beat is 3/4, the first time is strong and the other two are weak. "Sevillanas" music come from the guitar, which is played in any tone, depending on the singer. It's usually accompanied by flamenco clapping, castanets, tabor, tambourine and "pito rociero".