Celebrated dancers to lead flamenco workshop prior to concert

Photo courtesy of the Orchestra of New Spain

By Christine Finnegan

The Orchestra of New Spain (ONS) will present Rise of Flamenco on Feb. 15-16 at Moody Performance Hall. Rise of Flamenco presents the artful, passionate dance form that originated in Spain’s Andalusian mountains, tracing early Spanish dance from fandangos, folías, jácaras and toñas, leading to “escuela bolero” and ultimately modern flamenco. Celebrated Spaniard Daniel Doña, whose sensual and electric performances have earned him admirers the world over, will choreograph the production with the Yjastros Flamenco Company dancers from the Albuquerque National Institute of Flamenco. The New Spain Renaissance Band will be on stage to provide live music for the show. 

A flamenco workshop will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10. The class will feature beginner to intermediate instruction levels within a large mirrored, hardwood-floored dance studio. Flamenco dance shoes are encouraged. Spots are reserved by calling 214-750-1492 or emailing info@orchestraofnewspain.org. Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. A $5 donation is requested.

The Yjastros Flamenco Company performers are a living embodiment to the flamenco art form and feature some of the most influential flamenco artists from around the world. The audience will be taken on a pulsating musical journey through cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps), which define the core flamenco elements.

“Flamenco is one the most internationally identifiable symbols of Spanish culture and it continues to play an important role in Spain’s collective past,” said ONS Artistic Director Grover Wilkins.  

“Flamenco is a dance of self-expression and its beauty lies in its fervor, defiance and strength; it is all encompassing and a way of life to those who perform it. Daniel Doña, Cristian Martin and the dancers from the Albuquerque National Institute of Flamenco’s Yjastros Flamenco Company are unparalleled in this highly-expressive, Spanish dance form.”

The Orchestra of New Spain is a 36-member orchestra and chorus created in the Dallas Arts District in 1989 and dedicated to exploration of the music of the Spanish baroque. The Orchestra’s eight-concert season, yearly school programs, annual Dallas ISD Strings’ Camp and national and international touring programs are a unique contribution to the Dallas Arts community.

They introduce in concert the neglected repertory of the Spanish 17th and 18th centuries and explore the Hispanic heritage of which it is a part. This is achieved through high quality, historically informed performances on period instruments, ongoing academic research, the continued search for neglected repertory, and programs which educate the general public and school children on the importance of the repertory and its broader cultural implications. Moody Performance Hall is at 2520 Flora Street in Dallas. Tickets are available by calling 214-871-5000 or going to 

orchestraofnewspain.org.

Our public dance class is now 1-3 p.m. Sunday, February 10 at Highland Park Dance Company, 12300 Inwood Rd. Suite 110. 

Dallas, Texas 75244.