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Bulerías

The Bulería palo is in 12, and feels like it starts on 12:

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12 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11


But in Jerez (the reputed birthplace of the Bulería) it switches
between cycles of 12 as above and cycles of 6 as follows
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12 1  2  3  4  5       or      12  7  8  9 10 11

Here is a video of a typical Bulería from Jerez:


This one really shows the playful/joking aspects of Bulerías:

Bulerías is the macho for both Alegrías and Soleares. Here is an example following an Alegrías (The Bulerías starts about 1:40):

And here we see it in it's native habitat, in a bar on the street in Jerez:


Bulerías is often used for Fin de Fiesta¨an encore where everybody gets up and takes a round.

And here is a simple one taught in a dance class:

Here are two videos giving an intro to palmas for bulerías half compáses


and here are some other patterns used in different areas

Here is an intro to bulería marcaje in 6s, 3s & 2s


Here is a basic desplante:

and some desplante variations: 


Here is one showing the components of a complete bulerías dance:


But here comes the key: a set of instructions for the bulerias by Jaime "El Estampio" covering everything: singing, dancing, jaleo, guitar, palmas, cajón, and most importantly, how they fit together. You have to watch them ALL. I recommend the following order:

1 Palmas for bulería de Jerez:

Palmas for bulería de Jerez


2 Jaleo gives cues (switching to al golpe y al seis patterns):

Jaleo gives cues ‎(switching to al golpe y al seis patterns)‎


3 Jaleo replaces counting:

Jaleo replaces counting


4 Cante bulería:

Cante bulería


5 Accompanying cante bulería with guitar:

Accompanying cante bulería with guitar


Accompanying cante bulería with dance:

Accompanying cante bulería with dance


7 Accompanying cante bulería with cajón:

Accompanying cante bulería with cajón


8 Dancing to a bulería guitar falseta:

Dancing to a bulería guitar falseta


9 More accompanying cante bulería with dance:

More accompanying cante bulería with dance