I Am Uniquely Eve

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The Rhythm of the Streets

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When we walk down the streets in America, the soundtrack in our mind runs on a 4/4 time signature: 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4…OR 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4
In Spain, when we promenade, we have a totally different rhythm pattern running through our mind: 12 3 45 6 7 8 9 10 11 12… OR 12345 6, 12345 6…OR 12 3, 12 3, 12 3, 12 3…OR 12 3 456 78 9 10 11 12…OR “a sand wich” “a sand wich”

It’s true…Travel and see!

About “A sand wich”:
 This refers to the contratiempo beat, which is the syncopated clapping so often used in flamenco. You will need to clap on the “and” in-between two whole notes (for example: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4). One of the best methods to internalizing this feeling of the syncopation is to practice keeping time “on” the beat with your foot while making a clap precisely midway between the beats you are keeping with your foot, there by clapping on the off-beats. Once again, start slowly and build your speed up. A method I use when teaching (taught to me by the estimable La Meira is to use the phrase “sand-wich, A, sand-wich” while clapping and stamping. The word “Sand” refers to the foot stamp, followed by “wich”(clap), without pause clap on the “A” and repeat with foot stomp on “sand”…etc. Numerically that sequence corresponds to “sand=1” “wich=and” space for 2 “A=and. Once again, focus on the precision of timing and the quality and consistency of your tone. Once you feel secure, you are ready to add jaleo or a basic foot pattern with both the on- and off- beat palmas.

Author: Eve Costarelli

Always Be Dancing: Move With Eve: I bring accessible yoga, dance and mindfulness programs to school communities, fitness professionals, Pt's/OT's, yoga studios and every(body) in between through classes, workshops, professional development seminars, public speaking, and guest blogging. I can create a program specific to your needs. My self designed ¡Ole Namaste! infuses the movements, breathwork and meditation of yoga with the music and dance of flamenco. Come have a body stretching, breath enhancing, mind relaxing, hand clapping good time! In this fun, upbeat mindful movement class, that is infused with the music and dance of flamenco, students will absorb the dramatic postures and colorful flavor of flamenco while exploring yoga poses, flamenco technique, breathwork and meditation. Each class will include a demonstration of flamenco by the instructor.

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