What is the flamenco Zapateado?

The flamenco Zapateado is a lively style in 6/8 time and popular dance form (in Spanish, zapato means shoe). The form appeared in Cadíz, but similar forms have also been found in Mexico (the Zapateo).

Guitarists usually play the flamenco Zapateado in C major, although Sabicas has a unique well-known composition “Zapateado in Re” (D major). See below for more examples of this fun flamenco toque.

Flamenco Zapateado Examples and Links

Here are some of my favorite Zapateado examples:

Paco de Lucía – Percussion Flamenca (Zapateado)
Sabicas – Zapateado en Re