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Video: Taking on Flamenco in Madrid

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Madrid, learn flamenco.

Madrid is a hotspot for this centuries-old, distinctly Spanish art that unites signing, guitar playing, and dance in performances that draw on traditions brought from Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

While in Madrid, I recruited two friends and we tried our hands…and feet—at flamenco, taking the hour-long class called Flamenco for Absolute Beginners from the company Insider’s Madrid. Watch what happens.

Have you taken classes on vacation? What skills did you return with?

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By Christine Sarkis

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Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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