Two important flamenco forms are the Soleá and the Farruca. Both are performed by female dancers as well as men in the masculine style. The Ciqüeña or “stork” step is used often in the Farruca and the Zapateado evoking the equestrian aspect during the choreography.
The Soleá expresses sadness without resignation or often a struggle against odds. The dance patterns are a battle against forces of nature and the emotional content is conveyed by the tensions and kinetic energy.. The dance becomes a battle between opposing forces.