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

Tomatito comes to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts October 26, 2016

On October 26, 2016 at 7:30pm world-renowned flamenco guitarist, José Fernandez Torrez, "Tomatito," will come to Scottsdale Center for the Arts to perform with his group. A special pre-show interview with featured dancer, José Maya will take place at 6:30pm for ticket holders only. Tomatito is best known for accompanying the influential singer, Camarón de … Continue reading Tomatito comes to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts October 26, 2016

Flamenco Classes!

Gearing up for my new fall classes is always fun. It is awesome to see how much my students have grown over the last year, and to reflect back on when they started. Flamenco is hard. I'm not going to lie... even experienced dancers with good rhythm are challenged by the many elements of flamenco … Continue reading Flamenco Classes!