Tonight driving home from the workshops with Mercedes she and Santi and Pastora were singing songs in the car. Here’s a bulerías coletilla they sang:
t’s May, a month to celebrate mothers!
Here's a bulerías coletilla for you along with a video of Jesús Carmona that you're going to love:
It’s May, and spring is in the air! Let’s celebrate the flowers with this bulerías letra:
The following flamenco dance tips were born out of a longing to be back in class with Mercedes Ruíz. Because I love it there. I love how we learn, the focus on technique, the repetition, watching Mercedes move.
So here are eleven tips I’ve learned studying with her over the years. Each tip includes a brief exercise to help you apply it.
Here is an alegrías letra to compliment all of this month’s bulerías de Cádiz. You can watch Mercedes Ruíz dance to it in the video below.
Here’s the third installment of this month’s Bulerías de Cádiz series followed by another video of David Palomar.
Here is one more Bulerías de Cadíz with a video of David Palomar where the soniquete is off the charts!
Here’s a Bulerías de Cádiz followed by a video of Paloma Fantova at seven years old. (I’m pretty sure you’ll be blown away by how well she dances.)
You asked me to analyze more videos around here to better understand how flamenco dance works, so today I will deconstruct another bulerías of Pastora Galván. So here is a video (that you’re going to LOVE) followed by a breakdown of each component of the dance and when it happens:
Here is a tangos letra and a video of Macarena Ramírez that you will love.
Here is an observation activity to help you understand bulerías more deeply along with a letra and a video from the Peña la Bulería caseta during the Feria de Jerez.
Here’s a bulerias letra (and video) Mara Rey sang during the encore at the Antonio Rey performance last week in Portland. Thank you Seffarine for bringing them to town.
Here is a letra we studied with Mara Rey this week followed by a video of her singing it at last night’s concert with her brother, guitarist Antonio Rey.
Here is a bulerías and a video to get us pumped up for next week’s workshop with Mara Rey.
In this video interview flamenco dancer Karen Lugo talks about her beginnings in Guadalajara, her obsession with rhythm that drove her to move to Spain, her influences, how she uses improvisation, her creative process, what she enjoys about teaching, advice for students, how she decides what to wear on stage, and what inspires her.
Here’s a soleá letra along with a video of Karen Lugo interpreting it.
A flamenco letra for your Valentine.
Here is a bulerías that you would hear at the end of a guajiras. I learned this one from Alfonso Cid.
Here's a signature letra sung by El Chozas. Melchora Ortega sang it to us during our private show on the Flamenco Tour to Jerez.
Sound made with the feet in flamenco is most commonly called zapateado, coming from the word zapato (shoe.) It can also be called taconeo coming from the word tacón (heel). Here are the basic flamenco footwork techniques that are used to create sound patterns with the feet.