“This was the most engaged that I have seen students yet!” –Chris Grace, Dance Palace
Flamenco dancers Sara Moncada and Damien Alvarez, along with Clara Rodriquez on vocals, and guitarist David McLean, entertained and engaged hundreds of students from throughout West Marin at the Dance Palace. Students watched the dancers, listened to the beautiful music of Andalucia Spain, and even practiced the rhythms as well. Students learned about the nomadic life of the gypsies who travelled the region sharing their music and dance and inspiring an international movement.
The Shawl Dance: Sara explained how shawls from Manilla were imported, and then personalized with long fringe before they were incorporated into their own Flamenco dances.
More than 80 students stayed after the assembly to learn even more from Sara with a hands-on workshop to practice a short choreographed piece together.
A special thank you to the California Arts Council for their support of this program!