At the beginning of the 19th century, a dance with music and song and with roots in the Fandango appeared in the region of Málaga. It was named Malagueña. The dance continued to be performed throughout the century all over Andalusia in lyrical-theatre shows, together with other genres typical of the period (light opera called zarzuela, and some operatic arias), becoming very popular and much in demand by the public.
The Association of Songs and Dances of Spain laid down the standards that remain today as the basis for Dancing the malagueña de fiesta, a well-defined concept that turns the malagueñas song into a graceful danceable piece with a beautiful folk-poetical content and traditionalist character.
One of the architects of this musical transformation was José María Alonso, who at the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties, laid out the guidelines, with his work and those of other contemporary author-singers, for a canon that should be applied when composing a Malagueña de Fiesta.