Palmas (or handclapping) is a very important part of what flamenco dancers need to learn. Learning palmas helps to improve your own sense of rhythm and allows you to support other dancers and flamenco musicians rhythmically when you aren't dancing.
Learning the art of flamenco dancing by Lia Grainger
Flamenco how-to from the National Post.
Omayra Amaya, Flamenco Dance Company. I've seen her twice in Boston. A tiny, talented spitfire. Descendant of the great Carmen Amaya.