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I encountered this video while cataloging one of my Flamenco compilation CDs. I wanted to check if a singer Mayte Martín was female (a cantaora) as I seemed to recall and the name sounded. She is female alright, though you could be forgiven for looking twice to be certain, given the way she is dressed.
I was charmed by the dancing of Maya Belén, but was prompted by one of the comments under the video to do a little digging.
These styles are usually more mellow than pure Flamenco, which can be heartbreakingly intense. I was going to write of Maya Belén's performance as well done in a refined way we would call more "Arty", as opposed to the more "rootsy" and intense performances I have seen of other forms.
Then I noticed a comment under the video: - "I LOVE Belen Maya but Guajiras is not her thing. Her moves are too sharp and strong for this coquettish dance." I took this as a challenge to see if I could find video to support this opinion, which is a reasonable one. My mind went back to a Guajiras performance I had seen in a well-known film, "Flamenco", by director Carlos Saura.
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From 1995, this is a beautiful, elegant and restrained performance of the style, under the direction of dancer (bailaora) Merche Esmeralda.
(I had trouble making the video start at 1:14, which is where the Guajiras starts. Enjoy a little Bulerías first, and after: Alegrías :-)
Loli Flores - Guajira
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This is a more spirited version, the dancer is coming on to the cantaor a little bit, she has a more mature sensuality. However, it does develop into a more "show biz" style, where they feel you will be wanting to see some of the famous fancy Flamenco footwork, even if it is a bit too strong for this style.
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Here we see a woman with the skill, but I fear the dress has taken over the dance, and she is not expressing as much of the elegance and the coquette as earlier examples of the form. Perhaps with experience she will be able to handle a fan as well? I will add that she is clearly enjoying the dance however.