Contemporary flamenco?

Isn't anyone alive today considered 'contemporary?'There are artists that push the limits, and those that want to simply uphold the traditions. Both are valid, as is everything in between. (Note: to push boundaries, you have to know the traditions that [...]

Contemporary flamenco? 2018-01-11T21:11:00+00:00

Some thoughts on technique…

It's said that in Madrid, dancers have technique and no art, and in the south (Andalucía), dancers have art but no technique. Now, I would not say that statement is 100% true, but it does not come out of nowhere. [...]

Some thoughts on technique… 2018-01-11T21:10:50+00:00

Humility and the arts

A studio at Amor de Dios flamenco school in Madrid.photo: http://lucioyromana.com/amor-de-dios/I have had moments in my career where I have been detrimentally humble. I've blown off compliments by shying away and saying things like, "Oh it really wasn't that good" [...]

Humility and the arts 2018-01-11T21:06:30+00:00

Flamenco is a language

Earlier this year I was invited to give a TEDx talk on flamenco. For anyone unfamiliar with TED, here is their mission statement: "TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 [...]

Flamenco is a language 2018-01-11T21:06:13+00:00

Money money money…

I started to write a blog post about money....yes, I know, it's taboo to talk about money. But when people ask me what I do, and I say I dance, the next question is often, "And you can actually make [...]

Money money money… 2018-01-11T21:05:54+00:00

Guru

Last night at a gig, a colleague mentioned to me that guru actually means someone who brings you out of the darkness. According to the dictionary, guru "(in Hinduism and Buddhism) is a spiritual teacher, especially one who imparts initiation."In [...]

Guru 2018-01-11T21:05:49+00:00

Dance as a window into the present

I realized one of the most important reasons I love dance last week: I only know how to fully live in the present when I am dancing.When the rhythm starts and I lock into it, I am not thinking about [...]

Dance as a window into the present 2018-01-11T21:05:31+00:00

Always Learning

I love that as a flamenco dancer, I never stop learning. At the same time, that can be a challenge. There is always more to learn, and to keep my dancing exciting--for myself and an audience--I have to keep challenging myself. Patricia GuerreroThe [...]

Always Learning 2018-01-11T21:04:32+00:00

Dance is a journey

My technique teacher from last week, Ami Shulman, brought up a beautiful quotation from a Jewish proverb: she said, “You are closer to your destination on your journey to get there than when you actually arrive.”  At the end of [...]

Dance is a journey 2018-01-11T21:02:27+00:00