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

Esferas; Turn to Movement

I wanted to share the link to New York University's Spring publication of Esferas, published by the Spanish and Portuguese Department and edited by Professor Lourdes Dávila. This issue is all about movement and language, and I had the honor [...]

Esferas; Turn to Movement 2018-01-11T21:11:55+00:00

Marcaje

What makes a good marcaje? First, let's start off by defining that word within the flamenco context. For me, it's any step that holds time, or marks time. Unlike ballet, flamenco does not name every step--in flamenco, a step's purpose [...]

Marcaje 2018-01-11T21:11:32+00:00

Flamenco spaces

A couple of flamenco dance friends and I were talking about the lack of nice studio space in Sevilla on a recent afternoon. Most of the studios available to rent for rehearsals are small, dark, full of dust, with uneven [...]

Flamenco spaces 2018-01-11T21:11:22+00:00

When getting yelled at in class is a good thing…

Merche Esmeralda--where to begin!? After my first class with her, I was flipping out; she walks in with her poofy short hair, ties it up in a scrunchy, sits down with a bastón (cane), closes her eyes and thinks through [...]

When getting yelled at in class is a good thing… 2018-01-11T21:11:12+00:00