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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 arts2018-01-11T21:06:30+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 language2018-01-11T21:06:13+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 [...]

Guru2018-01-11T21:05:49+00:00
30 08, 2015

Dance as a window into the present

2018-01-11T21:05:31+00:00

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 present2018-01-11T21:05:31+00:00
4 08, 2015

Dance is a journey

2018-01-11T21:02:27+00:00

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 journey2018-01-11T21:02:27+00:00
22 06, 2015

Expanding my dancing universe

2018-01-11T21:02:06+00:00

I'm now two weeks in to graduate school. It feels like a LOT longer than that (in a good way). I have learned so much about dancing, the dance world, myself, my body, and so much for in just two [...]

Expanding my dancing universe2018-01-11T21:02:06+00:00
6 06, 2015

Why an MFA?

2018-01-11T21:01:55+00:00

Understanding how to be a better performer, choreographer, and teacher is why I am pursuing an MFA. I guess that's a bit broad, but it is why I've decided to go on this adventure. In studying dance at the graduate [...]

Why an MFA?2018-01-11T21:01:55+00:00
9 03, 2015

Keeping In Touch With Spain

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

As a flamenco dancer, travel is part of our job, particularly travel to Spain. When I reminisce about Spain, I talk about the beautifully colorful streets, the sunny weather, the jamón, the olive oil, the wine. I miss the day [...]

Keeping In Touch With Spain2018-01-11T21:01:06+00:00
19 01, 2015

Different Perspectives

2018-01-11T21:00:21+00:00

I live a life that some people might call gypsy-like. I don't seem to spend more than a few months in any one place--which isn't to say that I don't have a home--I'm lucky enough to call New York City [...]

Different Perspectives2018-01-11T21:00:21+00:00