Sunday, July 28th, a growing crowd of 700+ gathered at the Santa Fe Plaza for the annual Spanish Market to watch Flamenco's Next Generation and young flamenco students from the Institute for Spanish Arts perform. The audience was composed of a wide variety of people from grandparents to young children, tourists and locals. The students were joined by Flamenco's Next Generation and Emmy Grimm. Guitarist Joaquin Gallegos and Cante Nicolasa Chavez accompanied the group, with Alejandro Valle on Cajon. The dancers and musicians enchanted the audience with their foot work and artistry. Emmy Grimm performed a solo. Flamenco Next Generation finished with Sevillanas.
Emmy Grimm led two groups of Santa Fe Public School students in two Flamenco performances. Forty elementary students from César Chávez Community School performed Thursday, June 27, for an audience of fifty. The following day forty-two students performed at Nava Elementary School Friday, June 28, for sixty family members, friends, and class-mates. Emmy commented, “It is such a rewarding experience to give back to the kids. That is what it is all about, getting to give back.” This summer’s three week segment of flamenco lessons was followed by a performance that allowed the children to participate in the process of a performing dancer on a micro-scale.
The Institute for Spanish Arts invites all of its Flamenco students to perform in a final recital performance at the end of a class term.
For the second time, but with a new group, students from Ramirez Thomas After School Flamenco classes (part of the Santa Fe Public Schools program) we are also invited to perform at this Spring recital event. Older flamenco students and volunteers helped the students prepare for performance.
On May 17, 2013, students performed accompanied by guitar at Moving People Dance Studios (Santa Fe, NM) to an audience of friends and family over 200 in an hour-long performance. Click picture below to see all photos.
Flamenco's Next Generation was joined by Cante Veronica Medina, Guitarist Alejandro Pais and dancer Illeana Gomez this weekend for a performance at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. The group was met with a highly appreciative and energetic audience of 200 including children, adults and seniors.
The art pieces at this wonderful art museum gained new purpose, appropriately adorning the stage for Flamenco. The Institute for Spanish Arts is extremely thankful and honored to have received such a warm welcome from the Roswell community and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation. A wonderful occasion as the day was shared with birthdays of Don Anderson, founder of the Museum and guest guitarist Alejandro.
Flamenco's Next Generation was invited once again to perform at the annual Spanish Colonial Arts gala. The group performed a thirty minute set for an audience of approximately four-hundred.
The youth flamenco group, initially started and trained by Maria Benitez herself in 2002, continues to dance throughout private and public events and venues in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The group has welcomed new members in the past few years to provide newer generations of youth with opportunities in Flamenco dance. New members are recruited in auditions from a pool of pre and teen-aged students in ongoing flamenco classes at the Institute for Spanish Arts.
Flamenco's Next Generation was accompanied at the Spanish Colonial Arts 2013 Gala by professional guitarist Alejandro Pais Iriart and Cante (singer) Meagan Chandler.
Every year after Christmas, the Santa Fe Children's Museum has made it a tradition to hold a three-day holiday performance series for kids and parents to enjoy at the Museum. Flamenco's Next Generation and ISA were once again invited to perform on one of the days. Young Flamenco students performed Sevillanas and a couple of tangos pieces for this event. Emmy Grimm performed a classical solo with castanets. Janira Cordova, Simone Jaramillo, and Brianna Montijo from Flamenco's Next Generation also performed with the students. Instructor Benigna Sanchez gave a talk to the audience and even made them dance! She talked about the history of flamenco, the costumes, the Sevillanas and taught them a few moves.
On December 15th 2012, youth and adult students from all Flamenco classes at the Institute for Spanish Arts. The event took place at the Moving People Dance studio in Santa Fe. Parents donated goods for the bake sale and students performed for an audience of 220 friends and family. THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL 2012!