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8 02, 2018

Pigeon-holed

2018-02-08T19:28:41+00:00

I think artists often get pigeon-holed by audiences, critics, and even their peers. And I think that sucks. Big time. I've heard through the grapevine that people talk about my shows as "out-there contemporary stuff" that they're not interested in. [...]

Pigeon-holed 2018-02-08T19:28:41+00:00
24 02, 2017

An artist’s life for me….

2018-01-11T21:12:47+00:00

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
7 05, 2016

Marcaje

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

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
16 01, 2016

Humility and the arts

2018-01-11T21:06:30+00:00

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
15 12, 2015

Flamenco is a language

2018-01-11T21:06:13+00:00

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
17 09, 2015

Guru

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

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