After 12 years of dancing flamenco, I have officially hung up my flamenco shoes and “retired.” I began this form of dance through my ballet studio (I took ballet for 10 years). Dance has always been a part of my life since my mom was a ballet dancer when she was young. It’s in my genes and it’s definitely in my blood. So it’s a little bit strange knowing I don’t have any dance class to go to every Monday and Wednesday. No shows on the weekends. It’s bittersweet.
All my life I have loved Irish hardshoe dancing and actually bought my own pair to teach myself using Olive Hurley’s DVD program. Perhaps this is the new dance form I’ll start next! Who know? All I know is change is good and new beginnings are fantastic.
I am so sorry for being nonexistent for a few days! In a few posts past, I’ve blogged about my love of flamenco, including pictures and such of the art. Well, this past Friday (Valentines Day), my flamenco company put on our huge Valentines a la Flamenca extravaganza! We invited guest artists from Spain to be a part of the show and it was incredible to say the least. The entire past year pretty much has been full of getting ready for this show, so a lot was hanging on this pivotal evening. I was just so blessed to be able to work and dance onstage with these fantastic dancers. Here are some misc photos of the show.
Here I am dancing my solo, Tientos.
Kate and I dancing the Alegrias with bata de cola (trail dress) and mantones (shawl).
A few nights ago, I performed along with other company dancers from the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society, and my mom was snapping pictures. I’ll post more later, but here’s a little taste! You can see those castanets in my hands!
As a lot of you know, I have been dancing flamenco for almost 12 years, and it’s something that has been a BIG part of my life. Not only is it something that I’m passionate about, but it’s also something I use as a stress reliever!
A few weeks ago, I performed with the flamenco company in which I dance–the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society–at the Tavern of Fine Arts in St. Louis. We were holding a fundraising show in order to drum up some funds for our upcoming shows/programs. Here are a few stills, courtesy of Freytography (my mom’s photography business). Enjoy!
P.S. Our next fundraising event at the Tavern of Fine Arts will be on Friday, Jan. 24th, 2014, at 8pm!
I’m sure many of you know that I take flamenco classes as both a hobby and as exercise. About 11 years ago I started taking lessons and I completely fell in love with this new dance form. It’s sensual, passionate and thoroughly invigorating. For those of you who are completely clueless about flamenco, please click here and here to learn more!
One of the neatest things about flamenco is how much the hands are incorporated into the dance. They can be very expressive and can make or break the dance. One of my all-time favorite idols of flamenco is the world-renowned Maria Pages. She owns the most beautiful and most expressive pair of hands I have EVER seen. Take a peek here at my favorite performance by Maria–Firedance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdDD9JX-Tyg
Well, I’m sitting here at my laptop still attempting to cool down from our flamenco performance at the Festival of Nations today. It was a scorcher, in the mid-90’s, so I made sure to drink water before I went onstage, but after my solo number I seriously felt like I was going to keel over from heat stroke. Our company is one that the crowd always enjoys seeing and I think we did an amazing job! The picture I added is a little blurry but you get the idea!
Here I am dancing the Tientos:
Another thing I love about the festival is all the things you can buy! There must have been about 30 booths from different countries all selling their handicrafts. Below is a Russian bracelet made from all different kinds of wood:
Dance has been a huge part of my life–from the time I started ballet at age 9 to my switchover to Spanish flamenco at age 14. After 10 years of ballet, I decided that I had had enough and that is was time to devote my time wholeheartedly to flamenco. It’s such a unique and mysterious dance form and everyone I’ve run into barely knows what it is. Most people think it’s “flamingo” and I have to correct them! I’ve been dancing flamenco for 11 years now and have come to learn that it’s one of the most expressive forms of dance out there.
I bring this up because this weekend the Festival of Nations at Tower Grove Park is happening and the best part of it is, guess what? DANCE!!! Ethnic companies from all over the St. Louis area dance on a monstrous stage! African, Irish, Chinese, Mexican, Hawaiian and…..flamenco!!! Come on out and see the most beautiful sport! I will be performing with my company on the mainstage between noon and 1pm on Sunday, Aug. 25!