Flamenco Oriental

Flamenco Oriental is the combination of two ancient dances from the Mediterranean sea: Flamenco from Andalusia, the south of Spain, and oriental or belly dance from the Middle East and North of Africa. These two dances have opposite and complementary characteristics that will be combined in the lessons. Flamenco Flamenco is wild, passion and intensity.Sigue leyendo “Flamenco Oriental”

TRIANA. TRIANA. And how things come together in a marvellous conjugation.

Amazing. Triana. Triana. Triana. Last day in my internship of Dance Movement Therapy in the psychiatric centre. Last day before travelling to Sevilla to finally dance Flamenco in a school in Triana, the NEIGHBOURHOOD. It is early in the morning. Me, as therapist, excited because it is my last day, sitting in the morning meeting withSigue leyendo “TRIANA. TRIANA. And how things come together in a marvellous conjugation.”

Bailando descalza ante los más ricos parisinos

Qué bonito, la mujer descalza bailando libre. Aquí transcribo el reportaje del periódico: En la suntuosa elegancia de Maxim’s en París, una joven gitana de los barrios pobres de Barcelona hacía girar velozmente su falda y ondular sus encantadoras manos en una danza frenética. Sin castañuelas y sólo al ritmo que marcaba una guitarra, improvisabaSigue leyendo “Bailando descalza ante los más ricos parisinos”

“Dancing with eyes closes” Poetic synthesis of extremes and contradictions in life.

It’s like a labyrinth, when you are deep inside yourself and you feel your strongest yearnings, your innermost desires, a labyrinth with many doors appears. I am doing what I want. I am brave. Whatever I feel, my soul sends a message to my body, to the legs, to the feet, to the finger tips,Sigue leyendo ““Dancing with eyes closes” Poetic synthesis of extremes and contradictions in life.”

La Negra & Lole Montoya

La negra and Lole Montoya, mother and daugther, andalusian well known cantaoras, singing flamenco in Arabic language. Lole also dances a bit and ends the video with the “Alfi Leila u Leila” song, master piece from one of the best Egyptian singers of all times, Oum Kalthoum. Undoubtedly, flamenco and arabic music are glad together.Sigue leyendo “La Negra & Lole Montoya”

Flaméncame, empowering women through Flamenco and dance therapy techniques

The project “Flaméncame” is the first project I developed in the Netherlands. I am currently developing a model with Flamenco dance as a framework combined with dance movement therapy methods to help women sufferers from domestic violence to: BODY -Reinhabit again their bodies and foster kinesthetic awareness EMOTIONS – Release anger and sadness feelings and supportSigue leyendo “Flaméncame, empowering women through Flamenco and dance therapy techniques”

Flamenco Lab

Barefoot experimental approach to flamenco dance Technique & Improvisation My aim in this workshop is to combine creativity, improvisation and self expression with flamenco dance as a framework. Contents Flamenco arm technique, foot-work and basic “marcajes” Compas and rhythms of flamenco music Contemporary  and creative exercises Improvisation circles NOTE: I am not a flamenco teacher. ISigue leyendo “Flamenco Lab”

Mediterranean mixture

Slowly with time, I have realised how powerful the combination of two folklor dances  as FLAMENCO and ORIENTAL can be. Some months ago I was starting to forget my origins, totally embedded in the flamenco scene. I realised I was missing my softness, my inwardness. So I started dancing. And I travelled through the Mediterranean,Sigue leyendo “Mediterranean mixture”

Why “Oriental” instead of Belly?

Why I use Oriental instead of Belly Dancing when I refer to my lessons?   Reason 1 What in western countries is know as “Belly dance”, is called originally “Raqs sharki” in Arabic language. رقص شرقى Raqs is dance. Sharki is Eastern or oriental. Then the arabic people call it Oriental dance. Reason 2 MoreoverSigue leyendo “Why “Oriental” instead of Belly?”

Me enamoré del flamenco

Me enamoré del flamenco. Sí. Así de repente, desde que entendí el compás. Desde que me adentré en el maravilloso ” mundo de los doces”, que dice la Helga. Porque el compás tiene tela. Yo viniendo del norte… no había escuchado que dijéramos muchos, más bien ningún tanguillo, bulería, fandangos o alegría… Pero vaya. GraciasSigue leyendo “Me enamoré del flamenco”