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July 26, 2018

Fear. The fear of being vulnerable, being open, being seen. I think it's at the heart of so much anxiety in the world, and it's an impediment to so many things.

Like dancing flamenco.

We've been working a lot on how to move beyond the techniques of flamenco baile: the ar...

July 11, 2018

El baile. Flamenco dance. Fiery, explosive, passionate, dramatic, . . . whirling skirts and beautiful hands, and lots of stomping . . .that's what most people think of when they hear the word "flamenco", right?

And they wouldn't be wrong. Not only about the stereotypica...

June 8, 2018

I mentioned in a previous post the experience I had of hearing the host of a peña talk about the elements of flamenco: el cante, el baile y el toque . . . the singing, the dancing and the guitar playing, the essential trinity of flamenco. I'd like to take a few steps i...

May 9, 2018

The first time I was lucky enough to go to a peña flamenca (most simply, a flamenco club or organization for the support, enjoyment and promotion of flamenco, but their history in Andalusia is incredibly important to the development and preservation of the art . . . th...

April 28, 2018

Tangos is often a much easier flamenco palo for American beginning students get a grip on.  To start with, tangos has a basic pattern of four beats, making it super-familiar for those of us who grew up with American pop & rock (and folk, country, etc.).

Basic...

April 18, 2018

     Bulerías was my first real challenge in flamenco, both because I started with it, and also because it's a 12-count (starting on 12 . . .), which is often a very unusual beat pattern for people to wrap their heads around if they've never been exposed to it....

April 18, 2018

     I've been involved with the practice of flamenco since about 2002, first as a complete novice, then as a percussionist, now as a guitarist (and dabbler in dancing sevillanas . . .). Flamenco, as an art form, and Flamenco Louisville, as a community, have become my...

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