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Arizona Flamenco

Spanish Dance has been taught in the Phoenix Valley since the late 1940’s when Spaniard, Eduardo Fernandez, began teaching in Central Phoenix. His star student, Lydia Torea (1942), began he studies under Fernandez in 1950. She went on to study in Spain, perform at the Corral de la Moreria in Madrid in the 1960s, and later tour the world as principal dancer with the Greco company, partnering Pedro Azorín and José Greco himself.

JULIA CHACÓN NOMINATED FOR THE 38TH ANNUAL ARIZONA GOVERNOR’S ARTS AWARD

Scottsdale Arts, the governing organization of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, SMOCA and Scottsdale Public Art has nominated Julia Chacón for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Award. Approaching it’s 38th year, the Awards recognize significant contributors in various categories including individual Artist, Arts in Education, Business, Community and Philanthropy.

Julia Chacon Flamenco Theater at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts October-November 2018, Scottsdale, AZ

Julia Chacon Flamenco Theater performs a two month series at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Flamenco Workshop with Alejandro Granados in Scottsdale.

Arizona Flamenco Taller Flamenco workshops are a way to expose yourself to new techniques, alternative ways of moving, and unfamiliar styles. It is very comfortable to continue studying with the same teacher, but you will learn more and stretch yourself by going to workshops, especially when they are taught by masters. Flamenco requires dedication and … Continue reading Flamenco Workshop with Alejandro Granados in Scottsdale.

Flamenco with a mantón de Manila

Dancing with mantón is a challenging thing to learn. The first time I danced a solo with mantón, I was in a Christmas show, for which we were rehearsing in upstate New York. There was a theatrical part, where we were decorating a Christmas tree. I pulled out some garland, and started dancing across the … Continue reading Flamenco with a mantón de Manila

Mantón 101

The mantón de Manila was introduced to Europe through Spanish trade. Interestingly, mantones de Manila were not from Manila, but rather from China. European access to Asian silks came primarily via the Philippines, which was under Spanish rule. For many years the point of entry for all international Spanish trade was Triana, and mantones were popular … Continue reading Mantón 101

Tomatito Live

Last Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 Tomatito channeled the strongest pulse and heartbeat of flamenco I have ever heard on a theater stage. I didn't feel like I was in a theater. He took the audience into his music and into the dynamics of his sextet. It was truly the best flamenco guitar concert I have ever … Continue reading Tomatito Live