Cafe Flamenco: Feria de Sevillanas
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
April marks the month of Semana Santa, Spain's Holy Week where vibrant crowds flock to view the faithful participate in enormous processions winding through city streets. A dance tradition called the sevillana, a colorful and exciting choreographed style of flamenco dance performed in pairs, emerged from Semana Santa celebrations. Born out of the streets of Sevilla, the sevillana was originally a courting dance where the man sets out to impress his female partner. Today, sevillanas are danced in same sex pairs as well.
In honor of Semana Santa, Rhythmix will hold a sevillanas contest based on audience votes. All contestants who wish to compete must come with their partner, sign in at the door and wear a badge during the contest. Come in costume or wear your favorite Flamenco attire to add to the festivities! Up to 8 couples may dance, the contest will be judged by the audience and the winning couple will be featured onstage at the June 28th Cafe Flamenco.
In addition to this special Feria de Sevillanas, Cafe Flamenco will also feature top-notch dancers from Caminos Flamencos including Emmy-winning dancer and choreographer Yaelisa, Artistic Director Jason McGuire "El Rubio" and special guest singer/dancer Roberto Zamora and veteran dancer Bianca Rodriguez.
Cast of performers:
- Guest Singer
Jason McGuire - Guitarist
Yaelisa - Director/Dance
Bianca Rodriguez - Dancer
Savory Spanish paella prepared onsite by Marcos Quezada of Patatas along with refreshing beverages will be available for purchase before the performance. Space is limited, so advance tickets are highly recommended. All ages are welcome.
The mission of Caminos Flamencos is to create and present contemporary, traditional and theatrical dance programs showcasing artists from Spain and the U.S.,that reflect the changing face of flamenco in the 21st century. Their programs seek to preserve the legacy of Spain's rich artistic heritage, and bring them to people of all backgrounds, enriching the lives of people with Spanish and Hispanic ancestry, and the community at large.