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Instructor Creates Confidence Through Kids’ Flamenco & Tap

Natick resident Eve Agush teaches tap, flamenco and yoga to both adults and children. By Alissa Letkowski

Throughout Natick resident Eve Agush’s life, dance has always been a way for her to challenge her mind and her body. Now a choreographer and instructor, Agush is giving back the gift of self-expression to her students, young and old.
Originally a tap dancer studying at the renowned Leon Collins Tap Dancer’s Paradise in Brookline, it wasn’t long before Agush wanted to expand her dance expertise and try her hand at a new artform—Flamenco.
“I just wanted something more. I wanted form, I wanted to learn more about movement,” said Agush, whose mother encouraged her to try the Spanish dance classes. “As I grew in Flamenco, it became a natural thing for me to want to teach what I know.”
Now, Agush is spreading her passion for the dance to adults and, most fondly, to children, across MetroWest.
“I love teaching adults, but there’s just something really special to me about working with children. I want them to learn, I want them to memorize, but I don’t expect perfection,” said Agush, who teaches children’s tap and adult flamenco at Sereda DanceWorks in Natick two days a week.
“Every child, at the end of the year, feels successful because they’ve completed the work. They have this positive experience of working in a group situation, but on an individual art form, rather than in a sport where it’s all about how the whole team is doing.” 
Agush spends her week traveling to different venues in the area, teaching a wide variety of classes—from Flamenco, to tap, to yoga once a month at Brown Elementary, a program that she hopes to expand to other schools in town.
In Natick, she teaches two Monday tap classes—for kids age 6 to 9 and for those 10 and older at Sereda DanceWorks. On Fridays at Sereda, she teaches an hour-long morning flamenco class for adults and home-schooled teens.
Agush also offers a weekly yoga class for veterans at the Edwards Church in Framingham, youth flamenco and tap at the Dance Complex in Cambridge and youth flamenco in Newton. 
“I think there’s something lost in not being brought up with the arts, which are very individualized forms of expression,” said Agush, who said she feels schools focus too much on team sports, rather than on the arts. “It’s stimulating not just to your body; it’s stimulating to your mind.”
Agush said she hopes to gather other flamenco enthusiasts in the area to celebrate International Dance Day on April 29 with a Flamenco flash mob, possibly in Natick.
To learn more about Eve Agush and her passion for dance and yoga, visit her blog, and like the Always Be Dancing Facebook page.
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“Scenes of Spain” on Friday, September 30th at 8PM

Dear Friends and Patrons,

Hoping everyone is enjoying these beautiful last days of summer. We would like to extend a warm invitation to our upcoming event, “Scenes of Spain” on Friday, September 30th at 8PM.

In “Scenes of Spain” we will travel the regions of Spain in music and dance with notes from Spanish lecturer Margarita Campos and enjoy Spanish wine and cheese chosen by Spanish food connoisseur Luis de Haro. Also included in the program will be pianist and artistic director, Linda Papatopoli; clarinetist, Liz Leehey; flamenco artist, Eve Agush; flamenco guitarist, Roberto Foreman; classical guitarist, Tom Rhodes; Baritone; Gary Tucker and more.

More information soon with how to purchase tickets and with the venue address. 

Scenes of Spain, September 30th, 8PM

Linda Papatopoli & The Boston Arts Consort

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Relax, Renew, Decompress the Neck

Monday 4/11/11: Natick Longfellow Fitness: Yoga by Eve Agush: Tap Into Sensation!

Section One:
1. Start by lying on a block (parallel to mat, flat surface up to the bottom of neck)
2. Arm Under Back Stretch: Lying in constructive rest (knees bent, feet flat on floor) slide first right arm, behind lower back; gentle stretch for the shoulder; left
3. Arm Across Chest Stretch
4. Standing: go up and down a few times with breath. Breath in a full breath as arms rise up, breath out a full breath as you bend into Uttanasana (make your breath even and steady, not necessarily deep)
5. Standing CHild’s Pose
6. Easy neck release
7. Heart Like  Wheel
8. Revolved Wide Legged Standing Forwrd Bend
9. Slow A with low lunge-to-drop back
10. Kneeling Dog
11. Sphinx
12. Up Dog
13. Forearm Plank

Section Two:
1. Crescent Lunge series to Airplane Pose to Virabhadrasana II to Dancing Warrior. Flow through.
2. Adho Mukha Svanasana to Plank to bring knee to nose, to outer arm, to across to inside of other arm, to nose, to Crescent Lunge-3 knee drops-Flow through.
3. Adho Mukha Svanasana to Virabhadrasana I to Gurudasana unwrap to Virabhadrasana II to Side Angle Pose to Ardha Chandrasana

Section Three:
Abs-Garudasana Crunch

Section Four:
1. Headstand Prep
2. Headstand
3.Viparita Karani

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Brookline Ballet School opening Monday

By Brock Parker, Globe Correspondent

They’ve performed everywhere from Germany to Spain, London and the United States and now retired dancers Trinidad Vives and Parren Ballard are hoping to guide some of Brookline’s children into the world of professional ballet.

Vives and Ballard have teamed with fellow Brookline couple John and Renée Randle to found the Brookline Ballet School, which is set to open Monday, Jan. 11, at 1431 Beacon St. just outside of Coolidge Corner.

“Our aim is to really become a serious training school,” said Vives the artistic director for the school, and former artistic associate of the Boston Ballet. “With kids, you really see it happen from zero. You really see the fruit of your work.”

The Brookline Ballet School will have two dance studios and will offer dance courses to children and adults of all ages. In addition to ballet, the school will also offer modern dance, jazz, Spanish, African and ballroom dance. Yoga, Pilates and stretching classes will also be offered at the school.

**Flamenco/Spanish Dance will be taught by Eve Agush on Thursdays (

Construction is still being completed at the school, located in the former home of “The Wild Goose Chase” store, but one studio will be operational by Monday when the doors open, said John Randle. The second studio will be completed a week later.

With backgrounds in business and management, the Randles decided to start the ballet school with Vives and Ballard in June and are hoping their school could eventually house about 150 students.

Ballard, who met and married Vives while dancing professionally in Europe, said he’s hoping to get as many boys interested in ballet as he can.

“I was a very, very good jumper, and that is what boys find exciting,” Ballard said. “In a way it’s almost like gymnastics.”

Vives, whose professional career began in Hamburg, Germany, and continued with stints with the Basel Ballet in Switzerland, the Düsseldorf Ballet in Germany, and the English National Ballet in London, said that most students at the school will not go onto careers in professional ballet.

But she said the school is hoping to teach an appreciation for the art of dancing that will continue with children, even if they never dance professionally.

Ballard said he is looking forward to working with children and the opportunity to help shape their lives.

“I just enjoy the impact I make on them as people, too,” he said. “We work hard, but we also have fun.”