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Dance Residency at Escuela Amigos School

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Through the wonderful program, Dance In The Schools, set during March, which is dance month, in Cambridge MA, I have the pleasure of a three day flamenco residency at Esculela Amigos School. I am working with the junior Kindergarten (JK Stars). Elika Frederikson is the teacher and she has a delightful class  of  avid learners.

Day One: Arrived in the classroom and changed into my dance shoes and skirt. All the children loved my shoes…I kind of felt like Mr. Rogers getting ready for the day. Read the story “Lola’s Fandango” by Anna Witte with illustrations by Mischa Archer and had the kids follow me in the counting, the clapping, the stamping,  moving arms and repeating the Spanish words. After that we stood up and I played flamenco rumbas and had the children do the “follow-me” dance steps such as stamping, clapping, moving the arms, playing with fast and slow beast, shouting ¡olé!. One little boy, Sophocles (yes that is his name-awesome!) pointed out that he noticed I changed to a new step at the end of each crescendo (llamada). What a great ear! We even played the game “I Go, You Go” where I do a clapping, footwork or movement sequence and then they copy me.

Everyone was pretty tired after that, so we came back down to the floor and did some yoga poses to relax and get our breath back.

I then wrote up on a large piece of paper the poem by my friend Miguel de Victoria:

Se coje la manzana…
Pull the apple (Reach up high and twist the apple off the tree)
Se muerde la manzana…
Bite the apple (The apple passes by the mouth and we bite it)
Se tira la manzana…
Throw the apple (Throw the apple to the ground)
Se pisa la manzana….
Stamp on the apple (Stomp on the apple)

The students then created a special area for me to perform in and I encouraged them to give me palmas and shout ¡Olé! I danced all four Sevillanas with castanets and they became true aficionados!

¡Olé! ¡Namaste!

Author: AlwaysBeDancing

Always Be Dancing: Yoga and Flamenco for Every/Body. I bring accessible yoga and flamenco 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. #iameve #peacemoji #alwaysbedancing #kundalini

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