Tap Ole (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

Tap Ole

Tap dance meets flamenco guitar with a sprinkling of razzle dazzle

If you like your flamenco music served with fury and furrowed brow this is not the show for you. This is flamenco music with a Broadway smile: the usual simmering passions and castanets of the proud flamenca replaced with jazz arms and a volley of ball-change and shuffle.

Seen in 2007, this successful show returns with pretty much the same format. Two accomplished Spanish guitarists and two tap dancers fuse styles in one cheery package with a crowd-pleasing Sand Dance for measure. At first the sight of showbiz smile paired with flamenco stance jars. But if you can get over the mismatch there is much to enjoy.

Flamenco’s foot stamping is not so far from tap’s percussion: here the dancers’ virtuoso steps add rich new layers of rhythm to the heart-tugging melodies of acoustic guitar. Dazzling smiles apart, there is simplicity in the staging. Two dancers, two musicans: great chemistry. You don’t get much more flamenco than that.

C Plaza, 0845 260 1234, until 30 Aug (not 17), 7.15pm, £9.50–£11.50 (£6.50–£8.50).

Tap Ole

  • 4 stars

Award-winning smash-hit Spanish tap sensation returns to Edinburgh. Following the 2007 Fringe sell-out. Spanish guitar virtuosity combined with spectacular precision tap dance, body percussion and the evocative sand dance. Amazing explosion of rhythm and energy. Audience award winner, International Valladolid Festival…