Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The rhythmic stamping and tapping of the heels characteristic of Spanish flamenco dances.
  • n. A Spanish flamenco dance in which the performer stamps and taps rhythmically with the heels.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dance of Mexican Indian origin characterized by a lively rhythm punctuated by the striking of the dancer's shoes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Spanish dance in which the rhythm is marked by blows of the foot on the ground.

Etymologies

Spanish, from zapatear, to tap with the shoe, from zapato, shoe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Their dancing consisted of rapidly dashing about the stage, incredibly fast zapateado (footwork), and the women vigorously fanning themselves and their partner.

    La Bamba explained: the music of Veracruz

  • Traditional regional dances such as the zapateado, the huapango, and the famous "Jarabe Tapatío" ( "Mexican Hat Dance") have traditionally connected the music with dance.

    A new generation embraces centuries-old music of Mexico

  • And all this is delivered by a Torvill and Dean of the typewriter, dancing the zapateado upside down on ice.

    Transcendental Chutzpah

  • Possessed or not, in her zapateado - stamping - she certainly loses herself in the competitive interplay with her three singers, two guitarists and percussionist, unleashing a furious, disorientating battleground of rhythmic textures.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • Young men in Spanish garb sat on chairs and stomped in a rhythmic zapateado, women in white dresses danced with wild abandon to live drumbeats.

    Brownsville Herald :

  • A snappy son jarocho zapateado would rattle his bigoted bones pretty good, but you'd probably opt to see couples twirling over his plot to the brassy strains of some banda sinaloense.

    Tucson Weekly

  • A snappy song jarocho zapateado would rattle his bigoted bones pretty good, but you'd probably opt to see couples twirling over his plot to the brassy strains of some banda sinaloense.

    Houston Press | Complete Issue

  • The second track on this sampler, of flamenco guitar, had the guitarist somewhat obscured on the standard player by the loud and extremely reverberant zapateado foot-stamping of the flamenco dancer.

    Audiophile Audition Headlines

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