The verb “jalear” means “to cheer on” - Jaleos are shouts of encouragement that the supporting flamenco group and audience can participate when they feel so inspired. Flamencos can even use jaleos to support the onstage dancers and even use sounds without meaning to go along rhythmically.
- common jaleo, said to be derived from word Allah!
- let's go!
Toma! / Que Toma!
- means take it!
Así Se Baila! / Toca! / Canta!
- that’s how you dance!/play!/sing!
- look at you!
Guapa! (female) or Guapo! (male)
- beautiful! or handsome!
- good dancing!
- that's it!
- literally means water, implying they are on fire!