Hola friends, with today’s modern city lifestyle (fast-pace, fast-food, fast outcomes) , it’s become more vital to feel our humanity and to care for our health, well-being and happiness, in natural ways.
Here are some reflections and tips. See if some resonate with you.
1. Health for body, mind, heart and soul
We need to keep our bodies moving for health.
Don’t be sedentary, bum glued to desk. Keep moving, keep the circulation going.
We need to keep our minds stimulated . Sometimes I…
I’m hosting Spanish language meet-ups on Saturdays 😊🇪🇸
I realise some of my Spanish Dance students and people in my mail club are interested in learning, but don’t have much social occasion to put it into practice. Hence, I thought I offer to host the sessions.
This is open to any one, not just my dance students.
Some of you might be are already learning in the Spanish language schools.
Some of you were learning in the schools but stopped.
With our modern, city living, life has become faster and more intense than before. Technology accelerates expectations and responses. When were you able to ‘disconnect’ from it all and ponder on what self-care and well-being personally means to you?
It’s become more vital nowadays to feel human: to create and express, socialise and bond, play and delight, to be inspired and to inspire others.
Here are some musings from conducting our recent dance activities at the Esplanade Theatre’s What’s Your Move…
Hey everyone, if you’re looking for an uplifting time and getting your body grooving, then head to the Bay! You’re in for a treat this weekend with a galore of outdoor dance workshops and performances!
This is the annual What’s Your Move series, part of da:ns Festival at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
Here’s what to enjoy:
1. Get to experience all kinds of dance in Singapore, on a SINGLE occasion!
Imagine travelling the world through a diversity of dance and…
Gaining a diversity of learning experiences is invaluable. Here, I share bringing together these experiences to enrich my community:
Online dance lessons, Group rehearsals Self-practiceMaster workshops with our maestros-from-SpainCollaborations with musicians to gain exposure to working to live musicCulminating in new projects – the first harp and Spanish Dance concert in my city
Online dance lessons are readily available and accessible. You can join these two programmes:
Flamenco from Home – click here to find out about Tania’s online classesGoyescas, Spanish Dance…
How to listen to a flamenco song (cante) and dance to it? As dancers, the song is very important to us! Because we accompany and respond to the song with our moves; we express it with dynamics and feelings. Here’s a simple way of listening to a Tangos, by a singer I love, Carmen Linares.
Listen to what is happening, what the sequence is.
Get to know 4 flamenco terminologies which help you describe what is happening.
This holiday season, why not try out new experiences? Get festive with your spirits through our Spanish dance workshops. Gift yourself or your friend or your family with memories of time spent together having fun! Read on to find out what you can join.
Spanish Dance Body Elegance, Rhythm & Flow Sun 19 Dec, 11.30am – 12.30pm (1h) / $30 Did you know that not all Spanish dance is about ‘stomping’?
In this session, we’ll be relaxing to soothing music, working up awareness of…
It’s a top-of-the-world feeling at Las Setas, a modern structure right in the heart of Seville’s historic old quarters!
“Here’s a live Facebook video I took, right after I hosted my students on a free virtual cultural tour of Seville. You can get amazing panoramic views of Seville from roof tops (azoteas), from the Cathedral Giralda tower, and here, from Las Setas. Las Setas means ‘mushroom’, but I like to nickname it waffles’. Don’t you think it looks like…
River stories! In my free virtual walking tour of Seville for my students, we walked along this stretch of Seville’s Guadalquivir River. You’ll be greeted by a rich view of the Cathedral, the Bullring, and the traditional barrio of Triana, famed for its flamenco.
Where I stand is where the first round-the-world Magallanes-Elcano voyage set off in 1519!
Besides watering Andalusia’s land for agriculture, it made Seville of great maritime importance in Europe’s early sea-commerce with exclusive trading rights.
This September, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay brings us their annual da:ns festival as well as Footwork, a series of sampler dance workshops. We’re happy to conducting four of these Spanish Dance and Flamenco workshops this year! If you have always been wanting to try out some dance moves but don’t yet want to plunge into the sea of commitment (yet), then these once-off sessions are perfect for you to dip your toes and have a feel of the…
This is one of my favourite TED talks. Instinctively, those of us who dance and work out know the benefits of moving and exercising. We can feel the effects on our bodies and our well-being! It’s great though when this is backed by a neuroscientist. In this highly enjoyable and engaging talk, Wendy Suzuki shares her personal story and her experiment on herself, leading to her scientific conclusions.
She starts off asking: ‘What if I told you there was something that…
2020 sprouted a gamut of options for my flamenco learning paths. From Festival workshops in Jerez and daily classes in Seville, from learning from video courses I produced for my artists and starting flamenco dance online from my quarantine hotel room. While it was annus horribilis for many, I know for some others, including myself, that time of reset and recharge opened new ways of thinking, as well as exploration (by choice or the lack of!) Initiating Passion Projects as a…
Over 13,000 views following the replays of our recent live talk on flamenco! Thank you to our national theatre Esplanade, in Singapore, for supporting arts and community during these Covid times. Though we weren’t able to enjoy performances of your da:ns festival in the theatre, you’ve brought us a slew of online programmes with local and international artists.
There’s so much that goes into planning what seems to be just a 1 hour talk. Starting from our brainstorming of topics, back…
Visiting Cádiz fills you with a sense of joie de vivre. I can see why this seaside port town in Southern Spain gives character to the flamenco style of Alegrías. The word itself means joy.
Sometime this year, in June, we were bursting to get out of our houses. That was when Spain was phasing into its nueva normalidad or new normality. I remember 22 June was THE date that we were marking into our calendars and actively monitoring our…
It was 2003, my first year studying flamenco in Seville. I was hunting for the Academia de Manolo Marin. I got to Triana, the famed flamenco quarter and walked along the street where the Academy is located, called Rodrigo de Triana (who, by the way, is the first guy to call out ‘Land!’ in Christopher Columbus’ expedition to the Americas).
I was confused because above one door of the Academy, there was a sign that said Manolo Marin. And above…
Imagine a marathon of festivities – uplifting music, Sevillanas dance, gatherings of beautiful ladies in their gorgeous dresses and men in their suave outfits. Plus merry-making, eating, drinking and dancing, from night to the early hours of the morn. The next time you dance the Sevillanas, know that you are part of this living culture that connects you to the very source in Spain! It was a historical year however, with both Semana Santa Holy Week and the Feria de Abril…
We’re into our 7th week of Spanish Lockdown. I’m taking this time as a cultural immersion and a creative retreat to develop my new online courses. With whom best to stay with but my maestro-artist, Manuel Betanzos.
Creativity knows no boundary
Manuel’s creativity knows no boxed-up genre, it overflows from flamenco dance to culinary experiments, to gardening and home decor! When you are creative and artistic, that’s how it is, it flows into all areas of your life 🙂
Friends, the week when Spain announced the lockdown, many things happened. Fast and sudden. I saw firsthand the domino-impact on the arts and on lives. It was sobering. But I could also sense a calm and stoicism among the artists I know.
Dance academies such as that of my maestro, Manuel Betanzos, as well as his peers had to close in one, two days, to avoid the risk of spread in our physically close-contact activities. I recall Manuel and his…