Flamenco Performance Workshop

For Dancers, Guitarists, Percussionists and Singers

We explore different communication tools, body language and different rhythms to perform together using PALMAS as a base for improvement.
All Levels – bring your own instrument.
Ricardo Diaz* has taught this Workshop in L.A., Portland, St. Louis and in the Bay Area.
Date: Thursday, January 29th,7:00pm
Location: Mark Berry Woodworking
421 Portal Street
Rohnert Park, CA
Registration: Please respond: markberryguitars@yahoo.com
~:$25cash
Ricardo Diaz*Ricardo Diaz discovered the art of flamenco in San Francisco, CA where he began his studies with Jorge Liceaga. He started traveling to Madrid and Andalucia, Spain where his studied with “EI Entri': “Canito': Jose Luis Rodrigues and “EI Viejin': Ricardo performed in Festival and “Tabloas in the U.S., Canada, South America, Asia and
EL}rope, working with several international artists including Andres Marin, Alejandro Granados, La Tania and Pastora Galvan and renowned dance companies such as Teatro Flamenco of San Francisco, Caterina Costa of Rome, Italy, Yjastros Dance
Company of Albuquerque, N.M., and Flamenco Sur in France. Ricardo Diaz has been
teaching classes and workshops for several years in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

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Amanacer Flamenco at Cinnabar Theater

Amanacer Flamenco

Sunday, April 6th, 7:30pm
Cinnabar Theater
Petaluma, 707-763-8920

Featuring: Jose Cortes, Ricardo Diaz, Sara Maria and Aldo Ruiz

Amanacer Flamenco Cinnabar Theater

 

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Amanacer Flamenco Thursday September 12, 7:30 PM

Amanacer Flamenco

Thursday September 12, 7:30 PM

Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma 707-763-8920

 

Amanacer Flamenco Sept 12

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Noche de Flamenco

Friday May 10th

7:30pm

Kenilworth Jr. High
Nacho de Flamenco

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Un Cachito de Flamenco

Sara Maria at Sebastopol Community Center

One Evening Only! Saturday, May 4th, 7:00 PM

Sara Maria at Sebastopol Community Center

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Upcoming Performance of “Amanacer Flamenco” October 28

Sunday. October 29. 5:30 PM

Cinnabar Theater

333  Petaluma Blvd. N. Petaluma, CA

Tickets:  www.cinnabartheater.org

707-763-8920

Flamenco Amanacer

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Sara Maria Flalmenco article on Petaluma360

By NINA LARAMORE / Towns Correspondent

sara maria flamenco dance perfomer and teacherWhen she was 3, Sara Zanolini saw €œSwan Lake€ and knew she wanted to be a dancer. At 7, while in Spain, she experienced a bullfight, drank Sangria, saw flamenco dancers and instantly knew the type of dancer she wanted to be.

But flamenco was not being taught in the Bay Area. She settled on ballet.

“I studied ballet for the next 10 years with the San Francisco Ballet,€ Zanolini says. €œI was committed. When I was 11, we moved to Santa Rosa, and I took the bus after school each day into the city for classes.

Zanolini performed in the Nutcracker every year, starting out as a mouse and progressing to the part of Clara. During college she took two years off to live a “normal life,€ but realized she wasn’t happy unless she was dancing.

Then in the 1980s, she heard the “tickety-tock” sound she remembered in the next studio, found flamenco being taught and immediately got started. More than 20 years later, she is immersed in the energetic, staccato-style dance form, teaching classes in Petaluma at Footloose Dance Center and performing in the greater Bay Area.

Flamenco originated in southern Spain, coming from the Andalusian music, song and dance as influenced by the Romani or gypsy people.

“The singing is the heart of flamenco,” Zanolini says. €œIt tells of happiness but also of the pain and sorrow of a people who were outcasts. Moors, Jews and gypsies who banded together in their pain.

“The singing is the cries and wails of pain and desperation, and then the instrumentation was added. The dance is the least important. We are reflecting what is going on with the singing and the guitar.€

Even those who don’€™t know the Spanish language get caught up in the universal language of emotions.

Although she can sing the music, Zanolini often hires musicians for her classes so students can learn how to work with them.

€œYou have to listen to each other. If the dance goes faster, then the musician and singer must go faster. It’s important to learn the interplay.

€œThe gypsies in Spain know all the parts. They can sing, play the guitar, cajon, castanets, palillos and do the palmas (clapping). Flamenco is a microcosm of the world, with music and songs passed down for generations. Read the full article about Sara Maria Flamenco on Petaluma360’s blog.

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