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.
Santa Fe Youth participate in Flamenco, Guitar, Percussion and Poetry
Click a student's name to see their picture and one of their poems:
Thank you for making this possible!
The workshop culminated in a final community performance at the Boys and Girls Club on Alto Street.
Lead by Institute for Spanish Arts instructor, Emmy Grimm, students participating in the After School Program at Ramirez Thomas Elementary participated in a delightful presentation of Flamenco last Friday. These fifteen public school Flamenco students opened performances at this evening presentation for parents that included other dance numbers in Hip Hop and a "Sock Hop". The students presented themselves in a very professional demeanor, all in flamenco attire and shoes from the ISA studio. Teacher, Emmy Grimm and volunteers helped get students made up for the event that impressed over 40 parents, relatives and Santa Fe Public School staff members in the Ramirez Thomas cafeteria.
This event was possible as a result of a new partnership between the Institute for Spanish Arts and the Santa Fe Public Schools. The program included 2 classes per week for 3rd-6th grade students in after school programs at Ramirez Thomas and Nava Elementary. Students from both schools also attended the sold out Institute for Spanish Arts "Student Flamenco & Guitar Recital" held at the Lodge at Santa Fe on Sunday May 20, 2012.
This Spring 2012 Semester, the Institute for Spanish Arts was able to expand its Spanish/Flamenco Dance program into the school systems of Santa Fe and surrounding Northern New Mexico areas. One of the schools to receive Flamenco instruction was Velarde Elementary in Velarde, NM (just north of Española, New Mexico). Forty-five boys and girls, in grades 5th and 6th, spent four months learning the choreography of a Tangos de Triana from ISA Instructor Emmy Grimm. On Thursday, April 19th, students performed, lead by Emmy Grimm. The groups were accompanied by professional Flamenco musician Jaime Martinez, who both sang and played guitar for the recital. The audience was astounded by the professional attire of the students; each student had their own Flamenco shoes, girls wore shawls, leotards and placed flowers in their hair. Boys wore black pants and white shirts. Instructor Emmy remarked: "The show was a lot of work for all students but it paid off during the performance, ending with their big shinning smiles during the last bow".
It has been a gloriously busy summer for us as we sponsored a week-long adult workshop with former company members Antonio Granjero, Estefania Ramirez, and Domino Martinez. Below see photos of a flamenco class with Estefania. Photos by Nathaly Martinez. See all photos here.