Things people say to me after gigs and performances….

Snippets from conversations I have had with audience members after performances that give an idea of how flamenco is viewed by U.S. audiences:Where are you from?I grew up in New Mexico, but I've lived here since 2008 (NYC).But you must [...]

Things people say to me after gigs and performances…. 2018-01-11T21:13:27+00:00

Some thoughts on the NEA…(it’s complicated)

Last year, I helped a colleague in Spain with her thesis for the Conservatorio Superior de Danza María de Ávila. She had spent a month in the U.S. observing and helping flamenco Arts Education programs. She had a lot of [...]

Some thoughts on the NEA…(it’s complicated) 2018-01-11T21:13:17+00:00

The other side

I had the privilege of being on "the other side" of flamenco performances this past week. First, let's be clear, two other sides exist to the dance. First, the musicians who usually find themselves behind the dancer, and second, the [...]

The other side 2018-01-11T21:13:06+00:00

Balance

Dancers know the struggle for balance very well:Dancer working on balance on an unstable base. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUg1ExCLmjA Balance requires strength and control. But I am not talking about exercises on balance boards or landing a triple pirouette. Life as a dance artist [...]

Balance 2018-01-11T21:12:56+00:00

An artist’s life for me….

I remember hearing one of my mentors once say to someone else, she's been extremely lucky in her career. At the time, I thought to myself, luck has nothing to do with it. She has worked her butt off, she [...]

An artist’s life for me…. 2018-01-11T21:12:47+00:00

Self-producing a performance

I self produced the recent performances of (Des)Encaracolarse at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. What exactly does that mean? I initiated the project, I took full financial responsibility for the project, I gathered the team, found the venue, did the publicity, [...]

Self-producing a performance 2018-01-11T21:12:28+00:00

What’s in a name?

A Blumenfeld in Andalucía http://blog.fuertehoteles.com/en/destinations/flowers-spring-andalucia/People constantly ask me why I don't use a more "flamenco" stage name. In fact, just the other day, while handing a supporter and friend a flyer for an upcoming show, she asked when I was [...]

What’s in a name? 2018-01-11T21:12:17+00:00