Lecture demonstration performances are a wonderful blend of entertainment and education and combined explanations of the intricacies of flamenco and its cultural history. Students are introduced to the rhythms and emotions of flamenco, its origins in Southern Spain, and its multicultural influences: Andalusian, Gypsy, North African, Arabic and Judaic and Latin American. The Artists demonstrate the important elements of flamenco including: castanuelas (castanets), guitarra (guitar), cante (voice), and zapateado (footwork), and share dances and songs spanning a range of emotions from joy to sorrow, anger to exuberance. Audience participation is a vital aspect of the show which ends with a Q and A and four artists (2 dancers, a singer and a guitarist) present this program in colorful, traditional costumes. The material is tailored to be age appropriate for students K-12 and pre-performance curriculum guides are provided to classroom teachers. Use this link to view a video excerpt from this program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBf3Q94Fd0U
Founded in 1983, Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company (aka Flamenco Vivo) is America’s most prominent flamenco dance group, serving more than 40,000 people nationwide each year through far-reaching programs that entertain, educate and empower. Our mission is to promote flamenco as a living art form and a vital part of Hispanic heritage; produce and perform high quality dance works; and provide arts education programs that catalyze connections among young people. Project Ole, our Arts Education initiative, reaches thousands of K-12 students in our home bases of New York, North Carolina and throughout the country, including specialized programs for students with disabilities and dual language populations.