Behind the Scenes

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11 08, 2014

Mnemonics and dance

2018-01-11T20:58:09+00:00

Something that fascinates me about flamenco is the syllables that dancers use to sing the rhythms we make with our feet. When dancers break down steps to teach someone or show a musician, we tend to not just do the [...]

Mnemonics and dance 2018-01-11T20:58:09+00:00
6 08, 2014

Camaraderie

2018-01-11T20:57:55+00:00

The dance world is tough. Being a dancer is grueling and stressful, and anything but easy. So why make it any harder than it already is? Having great compañeras makes it a bit easier...Sharing a space the size of a [...]

Camaraderie 2018-01-11T20:57:55+00:00
30 07, 2014

54 times over

2018-01-11T20:57:41+00:00

One of the best bits of advice I've received was after my last class with Andrés Marín before leaving Spain. I'd spent the last ten months or so studying at his studio, Flamenco Abierto, in Sevilla with the funding of [...]

54 times over 2018-01-11T20:57:41+00:00
29 03, 2014

Audiences

2018-01-11T20:56:13+00:00

Most flamencos know the frustration when an audiences tries to clap along with the complicated flamenco rhythms. This ocurred last night during the opening number of the performance, an intricate seguiriya rhythm. I thought to myself, uh-oh, hopefully they can't keep [...]

Audiences 2018-01-11T20:56:13+00:00
23 03, 2014

“Are any of you married to each other?”

2018-01-11T20:56:04+00:00

Here's a question we've received a couple of times at school shows: are you family/related? Or the title of this post, which we got after the show in Kilmarnock, VA. I laughed a bit at that question, but it really [...]

“Are any of you married to each other?” 2018-01-11T20:56:04+00:00
16 03, 2014

The Twilight Zone

2018-01-11T20:55:50+00:00

There's this amazing thing that happens when you travel almost every day, you lose every sense of time and place. Is it Monday? Or Wednesday? Where were we yesterday? What did I eat for lunch today? It all just seems [...]

The Twilight Zone 2018-01-11T20:55:50+00:00
14 03, 2014

Pre-Performance Warm Up & Rituals

2018-01-11T20:55:41+00:00

The curtain rises and Isaac steps into the pool of light downstage in silence. His feet graze the floor as his sharp turns signal the beginning of Mujeres, the first piece in the show. Gaspar's guitar begins with a slow [...]

Pre-Performance Warm Up & Rituals 2018-01-11T20:55:41+00:00
11 03, 2014

Day off + travel day…and what keeps me sane

2018-01-11T20:55:33+00:00

On Sunday, we finally had a day off. Woohoo! So what do we do on a day off? Sleep in, do laundry--hooray, no more stinky rehearsal clothes!, pack the company suitcases, pack our own suitcases, run errands, and before we [...]

Day off + travel day…and what keeps me sane 2018-01-11T20:55:33+00:00
9 03, 2014

Flexing a Different Sort of Muscle: Mental Toughness

2018-01-11T20:55:22+00:00

Photo from Mujeres during the fall 2013 tour. In Spain, I worked on my technique, my arms, clarity in my footwork; my compás greatly improved; my knowledge and understanding of the cante greatly improved. In NYC I go to the studio several [...]

Flexing a Different Sort of Muscle: Mental Toughness 2018-01-11T20:55:22+00:00