The 2009 Flamenco Olé Concert at the Lanterman Auditorium in La Cañada/Flintridge was our most wonderful student concert ever, and included over 25 dancers, guitarists and singers.
The program featured an exhilarating Alegrías and a beautiful Guajíras from our exciting Advanced class. Our versatile and talented Intermediate class performed Tangos Gitano, Bulerías de Jerez, and the soulful Soleá de Cádiz. Our energetic workshop class performed the fiery Sevillanas con castañuellas, the premiere dance from Sevilla.
Featured Soloists included Deborah Weathersby performing the tour de force dance Farruca. Sarah Lee "La Sarita" performed two lovely solos - the Guajíras con Bata de Cola, and the Peteneras con manton - "Cafe de Chinitas."
Guitarist: Stephen Dick "Esteban de Los Angeles"
Cante Flamenco: Katerina Tomás "La Fuerza," and Vytas Barauskas, "El Vito."
Featuring our Advanced Class - Sarah Lee - "La Sarita," Lauren Honeycutt, Heather Martin, Dale Mueller, and Colleen Wilber. In this work, our dancers perform with the traditional long trained skirt, the Bata de Cola.
The bata de cola highlights the beauty and difficulty of this elegant and complicated dance. We chose to present four letras to demonstrate this unique costume and prop. The dance continues in sequence with the traditional falseta - the silencio - and the traditional cue - the castellana - as well as three escobillas and a dance remate, the Bulerías de Cádiz.
Performed by soloist Deborah Weathersby, the Farruca has been popularized throughout the 20th and 21st centuries by men and women, including famous flamenco dancers Vicente Escudero, José Greco, Antonio Gades and Sarah Baras.
The dance calls for strong concentration and numerous difficult techniques, especially rapid fire, clean footwork and powerful turns, which Deborah demonstrates beautifully here.
One several flamenco dances that are "festero," or party pieces. Our wonderfully talented Intermediate class interprets the Tangos here, which is a mixture of traditional Spanish, Moorish (via Granada stylings) and other delightful flavors.
The Federico García Lorca Spanish song "Zorongo Gitano," has been transformed into a Tango here, and takes inspiration from the great singer, Carmen Linares. The dance is performed by: Lisa Peters, Vanina, Evonne Gallardo, Fabiana Pigna, Debie Lott, Sophia Hsin and Nozomi Hirota. Guest guitarist: Samuel Ohanesian.
Bulerias de Ca'i
The bulerías from the Spanish city of Cádiz (the name Ca'i is the diminutive for Cádiz). Most often, the song is performed as the remate for the longer dance, the Alegrías. Here, soloist Heather Martin performs the song in all of it's glory, with three long letras and a longer salida (exit/finish).
Bulerias de Jerez
The town song, town dance, and overall lifestyle of the city of Jerez de la Frontera, located south of Sevilla. Another wonderful festero song and dance, it is a tour de force among flamenco dancers and singers as they try to out dance one another, and it is a wonderful finale for the 1st act! The dance is performed by: Lisa Peters, Vanina, Evonne Gallardo, Fabiana Pigna, Debie Lott, Nozomi Hirota, Sophia Hsin, Linda Escobar and Katerina Tomás. Guest guitarist: Samuel Ohanesian.
A lovely dance featuring the large Spanish fan, the Pericon Abanico. Soloist La Sarita performs it here in a stunning red Bata de Cola, and is later join by the dynamic dance trio, Lauren Honeycutt, Heather Martin and Colleen Wilber.
The dancers inspirational performances are taken from beautiful and joyful images of ancient Cuba, featured in the lyrics of the song.
Soleares/Soléa de Cádiz
Performed by our entire Intermediate class, this soleares takes inspiration from my first flamenco dance teacher, Rosa Montoya.
Dancers: Lisa Peters, Vanina, Evonne Gallardo, Fabiana Pigna, Debie Lott, Sophia Hsin, Nozomi Hirota, Dale Mueller, Michal Biler, Ashe Macy and Linda Escobar.
Soloist La Sarita expertly demonstrates another wonderful flamenco and Spanish dance technique - the manton - the long, fringed shawl, which is used as a prop in this sorrowful, powerful dance.
Federico García Lorca's "En El Café de Chinitias" is the featured song in this elegant, melodic and profound work. Guitar: Stephen Dick. Cante flamenco: Katerina Tomás
The grand finale for our 2009 Flamenco Olé concert show was this engaging dance from the Féria de Sevilla, the Sevillanas. The dance is performed here by our wonderful Saturday workshop class, who learned all four coplas (four short verses) of the dance with the castanets for this performance.
Dancers: Flor Quinto, Sophia Hsin, Lisa Peters, Vanina, Evonne Gallardo, Ana Torres, Ana Valdez, Debie Lott, Mia King, Linda Escobar and Fabiana Pigna.
In 2008, our students performed their most ambitious show featuring extended solos from both dancers and guitarists, and big beautiful group numbers.
All of our students participated in classes, rehearsals, and helped with the show's production, including this beautiful flyer, created by our outstanding male dancer, Nathan Charris.
Enjoy great photographs from the 2008 concert in the accompanying slide show. Photographs included are from the Farruca, a masculine and powerful dance that originated in northern Spain; the Siguiriyas, a sorrowful, cante jondo work; two versions of the Alegrías - one by La Yesinia performed with in the bata de cola (long trained skirt), and one by our great student Wendy Marin - La Saharah - who has become a professional flamenco dancer. La Marietta performs the fun loving and challenging Bulerías de Jerez; La Sonida - Heather Martin performs the challenging Tarantos, and Sarita looks lovely in the Guajíras, performed with the Spanish fan (abanico).
In 2005, our students outdid themselves with the production of "El Café Cantante," a show that takes inspiration from the original Spanish nightclubs of the 19th century. The show took place at the 19th century Throop Church in Pasadena, adding to the authenticity of the concert.
The first act in "El Café Cantante' featured traditional group numbers and inspiring guitar solos. Included here are four film clips from the show, including two Intermediate/Advanced class group dances: the Soleares and Tientos, and two beautiful guitar solos: Recuerdos de l'Alhambra, performed by Alexander Sndyer, and a traditional Fandangos de Huelva, performed by Alejandro Quintana.
The 2nd act featured traditional dances and music performed "en cuadro," with the entire cast on stage, and similar to what one would have seen in the 19th century. Our featured number from the act is Monique Ramirez - Monica de Los Angeles - performing El Garrotin with the traditional Sombrero Cordobese. The dance and music for El Garrotin were popularized during the Cafe Cantante era - 1840-1935.
The Féria de Sevilla in Long Beach is produced and presented by the Peña Andaluza en California, a service organization that sponsors events featuring Spanish arts (including flamenco, classical music and dance, Andalucían horses), and Spanish culture and food in the greater southern California region.
Every year in the Spring, our students (and us!) wear our most beautiful flamenco festival clothing and perform at this favorite family festival. We also eat food, have fun, and perform the Sevillanas with each other and with the new friends we always meet at this wonderfu gathering.
Our first student concert in 2003, introduced our students to the Pasadena and Los Angeles communities. Our students did a wonderful job performing the Sevillanas, bulerías and other beautiful group numbers. Inspiring soloists featured in the show included Sandelle Kincaid - La Sonrisa - who performed Soleares, SueAnn Farris, who performed Tientos/tangos, and Zen Warne, who performed El Garrotin.