Our little dancers had their first performance at Sage Hill School in Newport Coast and they were wonderful!
There was an interesting article in the New York Times last week about the role of foreigners in Spain studying flamenco, and here's the video that goes with it. Carmen Ledesma, one of the woman I loved studying with in Sevilla, is featured in the video. Watch it or read the article, both are very interesting.
Here's the link to the article: Flamenco's Foreign Saviors
I want to mention the show I saw last Sunday at the Fountain Theater in Los Angeles. Adriana Maresma Fois was so beautiful - she looked like a Goddess when she danced! Her poise and form are so striking, that each movement looked so perfect...I loved watching her. In fact the whole show was awesome. Manuel Gutierrez & Mizuho Sato were also amazing! Manuel & Muzuho are two of the fiercest and most creative dancers - we're so lucky to have such good flamenco in Southern California. They make it look easy and it's incredible hard what they do - I was just blown away by Sunday's show. In fact it was one of the best shows I've seen at the Fountain. It was both traditional and theatrical - more theatrical than I've seen in a long time at the Fountain - the guajira they did together was gorgeous. And Juan's guitar playing accompanies them so well - his guitar playing feels so good. Anyway, I had to give them all a shout out and praise them - the artists deserve so much more than my little mention on Facebook but it's all I've got. Awesome job guys - I'm so happy I saw it!
Adriana and Juan are warm and generous, our time with them was wonderful! We learned a whole letra of Tientos with a manton and we did some awesome hip and body exercises. And Astra brought her beautiful flamenco fashions to sell - I think 4 of us got new trajes or faldas. What a weekend ¡Gracias ustedes!
THIS IS SO EXCITING! You can watch the KUMPANÍA documentary on flamenco in Los Angeles from your home! It's on youtube for $2.99! Last night I was up until almost 2am watching it and it's beautiful. One of the things I enjoyed the most ab...out it was that the dancers & musicians in LA, who I have admired for so long, share their personal experience - and they are so humble! Their humility while they talked really touched me deeply. Besides the people & the dancing, the movie itself showed some beautiful shots of LA - it was awesome. Katina Dunn and Avi Cohen made a beautiful documentary. Here is the link to the trailer - click to play it and a link to watch the actual documentary should pop up in a few seconds. Click on that then follow the instructions. Let me know what you all think.
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