Arts + Culture

World's Sexiest Dances

by Beata Loyfman

The dance: FLAMENCO

Where to see it: Jerez de la Frontera and Seville, Spain

Sexy factor: Like the last drops of a fiery rioja dripping on your tongue

The moves: Born of persecuted gypsies in Andalusia, flamenco is a mix of desire, struggle, and pain. From the curve-hugging skirts of the women to the toreador machismo of the men, it's razor-sharp attitude and fierce yearning. Like jazz, flamenco is improvised—you'll never see it the same way twice. Just try not to drip sweat into your sangria at the sight of those pulsing hips.

The stage: Thousands of aficionados gather at the annual Festival de Jerez, in the historic town some 60 miles south of Seville. The rest of the year, make for the flamenco-loving city of Seville to catch the pros at the restaurant and performance space of El Arenal, on Calle Rodó.

Do a little dance: You can take morning or afternoon classes in conjunction with Jerez's festival. We suggest a glass of Jerez's famous sherry before attempting the footwork.

Festival de Jerez
Tel: 34 956 32 7100
Festival dates: February 24 to March 11, 2007
Lessons: $365 for 12 hours, including tickets to shows at the festival

El Arenal
Tel: 34 954 216 492

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