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The sold-out Paco de Lucía concert in Savannah was a special treat for music lovers and flamencos from all over the Southeastern United
States. Harmonica, a young child palmero, a radiating cajon player, and two singers were just part of the delights wrapped around the
timeless music of Paco de Lucía during the night in the theater.
The weekend fun didn't stop there. The show's dancer, El Farruco "Farru," gave a master class the next day to enthusiastic dancers
from Atlanta and other states, such as South Carolina and Florida. Participants took away more than a 'pataíta' (a short dance) of
bulerías. They were struck by Farru's message and inspiration from his humble attitude and dedication toward flamenco arts.
Photo contributed by Julie Baggenstoss
Photo contributed by Gloria Mejia
Photos contributed by Sabrina Murner
Flamencos and non-flamencos gathered for Dance of Hope : Stroke Awareness Event in early March. The event was inspired by globally acclaimed dancer Angelita Vargas who suffered a stroke in June 2011. Event program included an inspirational speech about a miraculous recovery by Saul Raisin, brain injury survivor and former professional cyclist; a charity concert by L.A. based flamenco artists, Cihtli Ocampo and Ethan Margolis; the stroke prevention presentation by Rekha Nath, education coordinator; and a demonstration of Feldenkrais physical therapy method by Louise Runyon, Atlanta based practitioner. At the event, through the ticket sales, silent auction and art sales, $3,303 was raised for the cause to give hope and support to Angelita Vargas and others who are in rehabilitatoin and recovery from brain injury related catastrophe. Photos contributed by Doobious.org To view other event photos by Doobious.org >>
Photos contributed by Cristina Bermudez
The library was anything but quiet in March, when flamenco dancers performed at the Johns Creek International Day at the at the
North Spruill Oaks Public Library. Kids and thier parents took part
in acitivies, such as Chinese painting, ham radio, and flamenco, to complete a passport for the community event. Flamenco dancers
interpreted the popular children's book The Story of Ferdinand as part of the inter-generational event.
Photos contributed by Daniel Espinoza
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¡Oye! : jaleole.com hears what Atlantans think about flamenco
By Cyrus Gorm
German Razuri is a licensed neuromuscular therapist currently in
practice in the Atlanta area. German enjoys metaphysics, hiking, dancing, and listening to music.
On a recent early, warm Sandy Springs morning, jaleolé sat down with German to discuss his experiences with the art of flamenco.
jaleolé: German, when did you first experience flamenco?
German: It was around 1978 at my brother's birthday party. My mother and my aunt started to dance, almost as a joke, to a selection of flamenco, which I later found out was a rumba by the Gypsy Kings. The intensity of the music, as well as the excitement of the dancing, is what drew my attention to Flamenco from that point forward.
jaleolé: What went through your mind at that moment?
German: My response was immediate; this is something that I need to musically pay attention to and keep up with. This is exciting!!
jaleolé: Is there any one part of the art of flamenco that stands out from the rest?
German: (Laughs) No! Every aspect of flamenco gets my attention. It is always very enjoyable to experience: cante, baile, or toque, wherever it's coming from.
jaleolé: If you could describe flamenco in one word, what would that word be?
jaleolé: German, thank you very much for taking the time to discuss flamenco with us!
German: You're very welcome.