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

FLAMENCO CLASSES

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).

 

Video Project

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.

 

New Equipment

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.

 

LIVE PERFORMANCES

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!

 

Senior Living

Treyton Oak Towers--June 24

The Forum--July 18

Dominion Senior Living--July 21

AccessCare--October 15

The Meadows--October 21

 

The Grand Theatre Summer Children's Matinee--July 27

 

Culture Pass

presented by the Arts and Culture Alliance & The Fund for the Arts

Louisville Free Public Library--July 31

Riverside--June 26

Waterfront Park August--7

 

Dance in the City--August 11

presented by Kentucky Shakespeare and The Louisville Ballet

 

Owensboro International Festival--August 21

 

WorldFest--September 4

 

School Shows

funded by The Fund for the Arts 5x5 Grant

Crums Lane Elementary--Dec. 10

Zachary Taylor Elementary--Dec. 15

 

GUEST ARTISTS/EDUCATORS

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