Flamenco 2021 Year in Review
2021 was the year of "The Pivot" -- and Flamenco Louisville did! By embracing technology, we continued our training and outreach. By embracing vaccines and masking, we returned to the studio. By forging partnerships locally and regionally, we expanded our reach. And we returned to live performance whenever possible!
In keeping with our successful strategy of prioritizing the safety of our students, we are currently "on pause," planning to resume regular, in-person classes the week of February 7. In the meantime, we are looking back at 2021 to remember how we not only persisted, but thrived! The consistent engagement of the flamenco family and the financial support we’ve received ensure that we are on track to make 2022 another impactful year for our community. THANK YOU!
2021 Year in Review
From January - March, as vaccines were just becoming available and the weather prevented regular outdoor meetings, Grace Mican Work, Diana Dinicola, and Paul T. Carney created a video-based class series called Tangos por Todos. This eight-week series reached over 30 students in 4 states every week, and culminated in a celebratory Zoom Student Showcase, with screenings of videos created by the dancers, and optimism for a return to the studio as members became vaccinated (to which we toasted with cava recommendations from The Wine Rack).
As our return to the studio approached, we commemorated our parking lot flamenco classes with the creation of a video, Under the Flamenco Tree, with all of our students and company members.
New Studio Space at Ambo Dance Theatre
June saw the return of weekly in-person classes in a new studio space in the Audubon Park neighborhood. The summer class session was celebrated with a Backyard Student Showcase that streamed live on our Instagram account and was attended by a limited audience of family and friends.
Along with a new studio space, we purchased new mirrors courtesy of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Their grant benefitted not only Flamenco Louisville, but also the many dancers and organizations using the Ambo Dance Theatre studios.
June brought us back together with live audiences indoors and out, starting with our friends in senior living locations in Louisville who had spent many months in isolation. Our first show at Treyton Oak Towers was emotional for everyone in the room!
Treyton Oak Towers--June 24
The Forum--July 18
Dominion Senior Living--July 21
The Meadows--October 21
The Grand Theatre Summer Children's Matinee--July 27
presented by the Arts and Culture Alliance & The Fund for the Arts
Louisville Free Public Library--July 31
Waterfront Park August--7
Dance in the City--August 11
presented by Kentucky Shakespeare and The Louisville Ballet
Owensboro International Festival--August 21
funded by The Fund for the Arts 5x5 Grant
Crums Lane Elementary--Dec. 10
Zachary Taylor Elementary--Dec. 15
Whether virtually or in person, our expertise and artistry were shared widely. A growing relationship with the Global Education Center in Nashville expanded our reach in Tennessee.
IUS Guest Lecture (virtual)--April 7
Global Education Center Teacher Training (virtual)--June 2
Jessamine School of Classical Dance Summer Intensive
Workshops--July 18 & 25
Dance in the City Panel Discussion--August 15
presented by The Louisville Ballet and WFPL
Natya Kendra Dance Academy
"East Meets West" Performance--September 26
Hillwood High School--September - November, 2021
Dance Classes (virtual)
presented by the Global Education Center, continuing into 2022
Girl Scouts Day of the Arts Workshops--November 13
Mecca Dance Theatre
"Homecoming" Performance Lexington, KY--November 21