Flamenco in Singapore

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Way back in 2011, I wrote that here my 2012 resolution would be to pull out my dance shoes and brush up on my palmas and zapateado technique and dance Flamenco again. In 2014, I’ve finally made good on that promise.

There is a sizable Flamenco scene in Singapore, to the surprise of many. There are several stellar Flamenco teachers in Singapore:

I currently take classes at Rose Borromeo Spanish Dance Company, a dance company, helmed by Singaporean dancer Tania Goh, that specializes in performing Spanish classical dance, Spanish regional dance, and Flamenco. The Company’s classes are held at the Little Arts Academy. (P.S. Tania is marvelous!) (P.P.S. She will be teaching a parent/child [ages 7 to 10] Flamenco class on September 28 at 12pm as part of “Footwork,” a series of introductory dance classes conducted by professional instructors.)

The dancers of Flamenco Sin Fronteras, a dance theatre company under the artistic direction of Flamenco maestro Antonio Vargas, teach Flamenco classes in their shophouse/studio in Geylang and at Dance On Us.

Hi Su Yun, of Flamenco Flamingos, also teaches at the Little Arts Academy. Classes in Mandarin are available upon request. Su Yun also hosts the Flamenco Flamingos’ Meetup group.

As for performances, put the following on your calendar:

da:ns festival features a Spanish dance performance annually; the 2014 edition of the festival will feature I, Carmen by María Pagés Compañía (October 17 and October 18 at 8PM);

– Flamenco Sin Fronteras will present Crossroads: Singapore Flamenco Festival 2014 (October 17 to October 26);

– Marisma Flamenco, featuring dancer Sonia Castro and singer and guitarist Paloma Navarro, specializes in sevillanas, rumbas, tangos Flamencos, and fandangos de Huelva. Keep on eye on Marisma Flamenco’s social media for future performances!

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