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Nov 3

Get some bailar in your day with our Flamenco Workshop!

Goodwill Theatre, Inc. is partnering with American Dance Asylum to bring Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana to Johnson City for a teaching demonstration and flamenco dance workshop, on Saturday, November 4 at 2pm.

The event will feature dancers Laura Peralta and Ricardo Santiago, with singer Sol Koeraus and guitarist Pedro Jimenez. The workshop will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a meet-and-greet reception with the artists.

Attendees are invited to learn to dance, or just observe. All experience levels are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and leather-soled shoes. No rubber soles, cleats, or tap shoes will be allowed.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online, or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

“Flamenco is known for its emotional intensity, expressive use of the arms, and rhythmic stamping of the feet,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “It originated in Spain and was influenced by Latin American and Cuban culture. It has become popular all over the world and is taught in many non-Hispanic countries, especially the U.S. and Japan. There are actually more flamenco academies in Japan now than there are in Spain.”

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is the nation’s most prominent flamenco and Spanish dance companies dedicated to honoring the traditions of flamenco while pushing the art form in new directions. Throughout its history, the company has employed emerging dancers and musicians, and has premiered more than two dozen original works, offering commissions to outstanding US performers as well as renowned artists from Spain.

Laura Peralta (Dancer) started her classical music and dance studies at the age of eight. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music for ten years as a piano major and graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University, beginning her flamenco studies with Omayra Amaya upon returning to New York. Laura has performed in New York and throughout the U.S. with companies including Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company in New Mexico, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in their national tour and season at the Joyce Theater and at BAM, Pasión y Arte in Rosario Toledo’s Cómplices at Jacob’s Pillow, and with Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca in their national tour and production of Antigona.  Laura also co-choreographed and performed a piece selected for the 2015 Queensboro Dance Festival.

Rick SantiagoRicardo Santiago (Dancer) began his dance training at Ballet Hispanico of New York, and continued at SUNY Purchase, The Alvin Ailey School and Dance Theater Of Harlem. He has studied flamenco with Liliana Morales, Manolo Rivera, Luis Montero, La Tati, La China, El Toleo, Omayra Amaya and others. Mr. Santiago has toured throughout the U.S. and internationally. He appeared in Franco Zeffirelli’s Carmen and La Traviata at The Metropolitan Opera, Don Giovanni at Washington Opera. He has appeared in films and music videos including Alanis Morissette’s “Hand In My Pocket”. He has performed with Ballet Hispanico, Bailes Ferrer, Carmen Rubio, Sol y Sombra, Flamenco Latino, Alborada Spanish Dance, and M’oro.

Sol Koeraus (Singer) is a Buenos Aires-born flamenco singer, dancer and teaching artist. Sol has appeared at venues such as Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space, and The Joyce Theater.  She toured for several seasons with Noche Flamenca, has been featured in the pre-production of Tony Award-winning Christopher Gatelli’s In Your Arms (Powerhouse Theater), Zorro! The Musical (Alliance Theater, GA), Carmen & La Traviata (Metropolitan Opera) and served as Choreographer and Solo Dancer for Portland Opera’s production of Carmen (Keller Auditorium). In addition to performing, Sol is an accomplished teacher, having traveled the country giving both master classes as well as residencies with Young Audiences, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and Alvin Ailey.

Pedro Jiménez (Guitarist),  a native of Cádiz, Pedro studied music at the Royal Conservatory and was raised playing for the gypsy family, Romero de Vejer. He has accompanied the great flamenco dance teacher Carmen Cornejo of Cádiz, Jesús Helmo, Adrian Brenes, Paca Rodriguez, Ana Florido, Ana Polanco, Selu del Puerto, Maria del Mar Ramos and Juanito Berrocal among others. In recent years, Pedro has toured the fairs of Jeréz, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Sanlucar, Algeciras, Cordoba and Seville. He has worked in The Rocio with the Brotherhood of Jerez, and also in Peñas Flamencas and Festivals throughout the Province of Cadiz.

This project is supported by the New York State DanceForce with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage