Debby, one of the students on the last fall’s Flamenco Tour to Jerez sent me this summary of her experience a few days upon returning home with this note. “Thank you again for a 100% approval trip. Here is how I truly felt.” If you’re curious about what happens on the Flamenco Tour, read on:
Here is a siguiriyas letra in the style of Manuel Torre that we danced to in class with Mercedes Ruíz last weekend
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:
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 a signature letra sung by El Chozas. Melchora Ortega sang it to us during our private show on the Flamenco Tour to Jerez.
Here’s a peek at what happened during week two of the Flamenco Tour to Jerez …
I love asking flamenco artists I admire what advice they have to offer to the flamenco student. Here are thirteen suggestions from some of the best:
Here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to so far on the Flamenco Tour to Jerez …
Twenty years ago when I went to Spain for the first time, I got to see Paco de Lucía perform at Teatro de la Maestranza during the Bienal de Sevilla. This happened after I had been living there for about six months at a time when I was just beginning to understand what flamenco was.
We studied bamberas with abanico with Mercedes during the Flamenco Tour.
Now that. was. fun.
After the letra you'll find a quick fan activity from our class that you can try at home.
Vamos niña pa la bamba
que te voy a columpiar
yo te daré despacito
no te vaya a marear
If you've ever taken class with Mercedes Ruíz, you will likely recognize the words and phrases below. If you have not yet studied with her and plan to, prepare, because you are sure to hear these utterances over and over again.
If you have previously studied with her but were unsure of what she meant, read on, and find out.
If you have not studied with her and don't plan to, read anyway because the first eight are important tips to remember all of the time in your independent practice or in anybody's class.