Always Be Dancing Adaptive Movement:

Yoga, Dance and Mindfulness for Every(body).


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Dance In The Schools 2016: Baldwin School Wrap-Up

Cue in Dance In The Schools 2016!

I had the ultimate pleasure of working again with the Maria Baldwin School in Cambridge for this year’s Dance In The Schools Month. I began forging a relationship with the second grade teacher’s 6 years ago and it only keeps getting better each year I go back. This year I had the extra enjoyment of bringing not only my yoga program but I also brought flamenco to the music classes. Together these two classes make up the basis for Always Be Dancing Mindful Movement. This opened up a whole new angle to me for bringing mindfulness into this school. Pairing me up with the music teacher only enriched my musical knowledge, so it was truly a win-win situation for all! The second graders received a veritable cornucopia of mindfulness through dancing, Yoga posing, breathing, and meditating.The positive responses I gathered from the students and the teachers were full of positive remarks and full of enjoyment.

Please comment on what worked regarding the content of this program, e.g., use of theme, connection of movement/dance to curriculum, etc. Did you or the Classroom Teacher notice any changes in any of the students’ behavior, focus, ability to do whatever you were teaching? Please describe if possible.

The kids were all so connected to learning-it is a great environment. The staff and kids are very engaged and even the few children who are on the spectrum or emotionally developing interact with the group and learn alongside their peers. I often work with special needs and other high risk populations and I have developed a compassionate and effective way of bringing what I am teaching to these groups. I appreciated that every student tried what I offered to them. The music students learned about the history of flamenco and the gypsies, styles of flamenco, the emotional content of flamenco, the art of clapping, singing, dancing rhythmically and also rhythmic footwork.  In yoga, we used the basics of yoga, breath-work, poses and meditation, to reinforce emotional control. In the end, they students created a book for me which reinforced their engagement with both my yoga and flamenco classes.

Did you share any materials, resources, music, ideas, props with the Classroom Teacher so they could continue after your last session? If so, what?

MUSIC: I sent a musical link and we made a video of our dance. I also created a special document that gave the history of flamenco and wrote out a simplified version of the choreography for reference.

Here is the document I created for music: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gpZnnLeYRu33aZqIooSvV5tm7mTxjAdOMu_qOCr_HEo/edit?usp=sharing

YOGA: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IKRDDtAAfwcO4vL3EmU381SCi8YEGRAY0g2X2FOlk0o/edit?usp=sharing

Describe the nature of your collaboration with your Classroom Teacher – before your sessions (interaction with teacher, co–planning of materials, other), during your sessions (co-teaching, assessing the process, altering plans), after you finished (examples of follow-up lessons created by you and/or the Classroom Teacher, other)

MUSIC: After reaching out to the music teacher, he sent me some ideas for how we could collaborate his music and my dance class, which really helped me to mold my program.

We came up with:

*Phrase *Form *Different rhythmic values *Dynamics (volume) *Improvisation/Composition

 We worked with each throughout the classes, him adding in his teaching methodology (using the Takadimi system) which opened my eyes to new ways of being able to teach ideas and my own creative style of teaching which only enhanced his system. 

YOGA: I was in contact with the two second grade teachers prior to my visit. They asked me to work with their students on  Socio-Emotional learning and the executive functions, to enable a string and fruitful learning environment for all. I mapped out 4 programs that I would use as the basis of the 4 sessions.

Eve’s Awesome Yoga Day one was about using yoga to calm the body, mind and energy and playing with the differences between silence and non-silence, which can mean vocally, mentally and physically. Here I also taught about the brain and the concept of neuro-plasticity; Day two,  healthy eating; Day three, Rhythm and movement; Day four, Cooperation. 

Do you feel/think you were effective? Why/why not? What did you learn? What challenges did you face? (This is a food for thought question, not judging or criticizing you.

MUSIC: This was extremely effective. Every time I came into the room, the kids all brightened up and beamed, totally ready to dance/do yoga. I could see in their faces their joy! I loved learning about Takadimi as it brings in a Kathak element to my Flamenco teaching, as Kathak is seen as one of the roots of Flamenco.

YOGA: The kids learn in a very short amount of time about how they can control their brains, that brains change, how to be strong, focused and self-effective. How to work by themselves and cooperate in a group. How to be still and to move; to be quiet and loud; to be fast and slow. They learn about emotional control and how they can learn in a different environment than they are usually presented with.


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WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts PRESENTS FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2016

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WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts PRESENTS

Direct from Spain

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2016

Featuring Spain’s foremost dancers and musicians

March 5 & 6, 19 & 20, 2016

Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston

VICENTE AMIGO vicente_sm1

Saturday, March 5, 8pm – $60, $50, $40, $32

http://worldmusic.org/content/event_page/3646/vicente-amigo

Latin Grammy–winning Vicente Amigo is known as one of today’s most dazzling flamenco guitarists and a likely successor to Paco de Lucía. Hailing from Córdoba, Spain, Amigo is at the forefront of a new generation of flamenco performers, steeped in the classic style while constantly innovating within the tradition.

 

FARRUQUITO Farruquito 2 by Sophie Mühlenburg

Performing the Boston premiere of Improvisao

BOSTON PREMIERE WORK

Sunday, March 6, 7:30pm – $79, $65, $52, $40

http://worldmusic.org/content/event_page/3656/farruquito

From the legendary Farruco dynasty, the first family of Gypsy flamenco dance, Farruquito is regarded as one of the most faithful representatives of flamenco puro. His new show, Improvisao, is a work of intimate, authentic, and visceral flamenco, which Farruquito calls “a return to my roots.” He will be accompanied by guest dancer Gema Moneo, four singers, two guitarists, and a percussionist.

 

ROCÍO MOLINA Bienal

Performing the Boston premiere of Danzaora & Vinática

BOSTON PREMIERE WORK

Saturday, March 19, 8pm – $79, $65, $52, $40

http://worldmusic.org/content/event_page/3666

Rocío Molina is at the forefront of modern flamenco and has been awarded many of Spain’s top accolades, including National Dancer of the Year. Considered “one of the finest soloists in the world today” (The New York Times), she performs the Boston premiere of Danzaora & Vinática, a thrilling work with live musical accompaniment.

 

ROSARIO “LA TREMENDITA” & MOHAMMAD MOTAMEDI 

Qasida   Flamenco meets Persian classical murosariomo_sm2sic

BOSTON DEBUT/ BOSTON PREMIERE WORK

Sunday, March 20, 7:30pm – $48, $42, $37, $30

http://worldmusic.org/content/event_page/3676

The Qasida project is an extraordinary musical encounter between the young Spanish singer Rosario “La Tremendita” and her Iranian peer Mohammad Motamedi. Renowned for accompanying flamenco dancers Belén Maya, Rocío Molina, Rafaela Carrasco, and many others, “La Tremendita” explores the roots of flamenco in the richly varied poetic songs and improvisations of Motamedi, the young rising star of Persian classical music. They will be accompanied by six musicians on guitar, Iranian kemanche (a bowed string instrument), percussion, and palmas (hand clapping).

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It’s never to early to eat ice cream!

My favorite quote about living life to its fullest comes from my student Farrah..

“It’s never to early to eat ice cream”

Farrah

It’s never too early to eat ice cream!


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Dance In The Schools 2015: Life Cycle of the Yoga Butterfly

Waiting For Wings by Lois Ehlert

Today was the final day of Dance In The Schools 2015 at the Baldwin School, Cambridge. My classes were based on the life cycle of the butterfly (current with the 2nd grade science curriculum) and the concepts of senses we know (touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste) and then the ones we don’t know as much about (proprioception= an awareness of our bodies in space and the vestibular system=balance, gravity and movement information though our inner ear).

The best thing about yoga is that it allows for a sensory experience in a safe/non-competitive environment. You can manipulate your body in space, using poses, breath and meditation to clear pathways to achieve balance.

Breathing Sticks (once again, I noted to them to practice their breathing once they got their sticks)

Sa-Ta-Na-Ma meditation

Waiting for Wings/They have eggs to lay...What is the Butterfly Life Cycle?

Egg (usually laid on a leaf)

Larva/Caterpillar (eats leaves to grow)

Pupa/Chrysalis/Cocoon

Adult butterfly/moth

What is metamorphosis?

Interesting facts:

  1. Butterflies are active during the day feeding on flowers. They suck up the sweet nectar with their long, curly tongues. That is because butterflies cannot bite or chew.
  2. There are about 150,000 kinds of butterflies and they and their caterpillars come in all sorts of colors and sizes.
  3. Butterflies Like all insects, they have six jointed legs, 3 body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, and an exoskeleton. The three body parts are the head, thorax (the chest), and abdomen (the tail end). Most have four wings. The wings of butterflies are covered with tiny scales that seem to shimmer in the daylight. Some of them are brightly colored. Others have bold patterns or scary eye-spots. When a butterfly flashes its wings at its enemies, it confuses them, and gives itself time to escape the danger that they might be in.
  4. Butterflies and moth belong to the order Lepidoptera. Lepidos is Greek for “scales” and ptera means “wing”. Monarch visiting Mums

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

Out in the fields, eggs are hidden from view. Child’s pose

clinging to leaves with butterfly glue. Stretching child’s pose. Fingers crawl to the left and right to stretch sides.

Soon caterpillars hatch. They creep and they chew. Creep forward into inchworm.

Each one knows what it must do. Press up to cobra. Add hissing and snaking back up and down.

Find a place where winds don;t blow, Locust.

then make a case in which to grow. Bow.

Caterpillar changes now begin– Rock and roll on belly, release. Rise up to standing position.

body and wings take shape within. Tapping.

When it’s time, each case is torn– Willow tree and joy breath.

wings unfold; new butterflies are born! Star Pose.

They pump their wings, get ready to fly, Add cross body kicks.

then hungry butterflies head for the sky. Yoga Jumping Jacks.

Looking for flowers with nectar to eat, Standing flower pose (tree)

they catch a whiff of something sweet.: Join a partner for partner tree/or group tree

They follow that fragrant scent of perfume, Melt to the floor. breathing in and smelling the delicious odor of fresh flowers 3x.

until they find our garden bloom.: Seated flower

We’ve been waiting for wings! Seated bat (opening flower)

We watch them circle, land on their feet, Lay on back and hug knees to chest. Legs up towards ceiling, as if walking on ceiling. Foot circles, both directions. Point and flex and then walk on ceiling and then bicycle.

unroll their tongues, and begin to eat.: Rock and roll. Grab feet, happy baby.

They dip and sip, Feet down. Simple lying twist.

then fly away, back home to the fields… Full body stretch-like a gingerbread man.

They have eggs to lay.: Savasana

Song (sung to the tune of Pop Goes The Weasel)…I tried!

I spin and spin my chrysalis

I stay inside to rest

When I come out….Metamorphosis!

Pop! Goes the butterfly.

Of course we then did a rousing version of Yogini Went to Sea and then the Downward Dog Crawl Tunnel. Not taking into account the size of the room, proved to be a stumper for a moment. But I offered up the challenge to the class and we  were able to create a circle, which worked very well! I so appreciated the first groups problem solving ability!

Please enjoy the wonderful gift I received:

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Ole! Namaste!


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Emotion Cards: How to Dance With Heart (or how to access your emotional body while dancing)

Last night, I attended Ainoa performance in her school’s International Night event. I am so impressed with this event. First of all, it is a night solely represented by dancing-boys and girls alike and there are dances representing at least 12 different countries such as India, Mexico, Iran, Ireland, China and Peru. Ainoa’s dancing has reached a new level. She has found her self within the music, knowing the choreography, understanding the rhythms. We can call this the comfort zone. So now we attack the emotional content and how to express it to the audience.

Seated yoga sequence to balance the chakraschakra-flower-672x1024

Muladhara Chakra- root chakra- color red

  1. Easy pose (habitual cross leg first-both of us chose right over left). Feel sit bones. Show on skeleton model, where the sit bones are (Remind of the wrap of the psoas muscle and the Nerf ball.) Recross to non-habitual side and feel sit bones.

Svadhistana Chakra- sacral chakra- color orange

  1. Upavishta Konasana, with legs only as wide as the mat (short ways), with bolster under knees. Just resting arms on upper legs and letting head drop forward.
  2. Butterfly pose.

Manipura Chakra- solar plexus chakra- color yellow

  1. Easy seated twist. Right leg in front, right hand holds left knee. Recross. Left leg in front, left hand holds right knee.

Anahata Chakra- heart chakra- color green

  1. Bolster under shoulders and then moves after 3 breaths down the spine. Stopping and always taking at least three breathes in each spot. End with bolster under hips and do knees into chest. I pointed out to her that this is a back bend too. At first she did not believe e as she sees wheel as the only back bend, but I had her close her eyes and I told her to imagine she was standing on the edge of a pool and by leaning back, she was going to be able to dive in backwards. I could just tell from her energy shift that she was getting it.

Vishudda Chakra: throat chakra- color blue

  1. Ocean breath, in constructive breath, on in breath still holding, knees go out and on out breath pull knees back in towards chest, like a bellows.

Ajna Chakra: Third-eye chakra- color purple

  1. Release legs and let them rise to the ceiling (Make your body into an “L” shape-do not do shoulder stand). Make ankle circles in and out. Point and flex feet. Re-hug legs into chest.

Sahasrara Chakra: Crown of the head chakra- color white light/ glimmering diamond

  1. constructive rest. 1 minute mindfulness meditation.

Savasana- Chakra balancing

  1. Conscious rest

ZM-15Emotion Cards: How to Dance With Heart (or how to access your emotional body)

I started to create a deck of cards that have emotions and energies written on them.

I chose words that I felt were evoked during flamenco dance and by listening to flamenco music:

Adoration, Anger, Despair, Determined, Energized, Fatigued, Fury, Grief, Happy, Sad

These cards jump started Ainoa and she started to create her own deck, where she then proceeded to create her own definitions and how they could relate to dance (they key words are underlined):

Angry: scrunched up face; angry eyes; eyebrows narrowing; eyes on fire

Calm: laying on the couch and watching TV.

Clumsy: bumping into things.

Curious: wanting to uncover something.

Determined: refusing to quit.

Happy: smiling, jumping, breathing fast.

Funny: you can make people laugh or other people can make you laugh.

Mysterious: lifting up one eyebrow; skulking; looking everywhere

Nervous: you have to perform in front of 3,000,000 people.

Pushed: feeling forced to do something

Sad: someone died; crying; eyes drooping; looking down; not really moving; dancing energy in down

Scared: you see a monster.

Suspicious: not believing what someone is telling you.

Identify flamenco emotions. Choose three or four emotion cards

Looking on youtube for

    1. Silvia Moreno: bulerías https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_5PT1rwQEA
    2. Merche Esmerelda: Guajiras (Saura) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_fZdzw_4v4
    3. Rocio Molina y La Tremendita: Bulerías https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYaY4zZgTas
    4. Miguel Poveda y La Lupi “Triana, Puenta y Aparte” Tangos de Triana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcbDYPO-uAU
    5. Tangos de la cava en Triana (El Titi) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwc_pzvP3G4
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Ainoa and Eve Sevillanas


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Youth Flamenco, Inclusion Yoga and Tween/Teen Yoga with Eve Costarelli 2014-2015

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Youth Flamenco on Wednesdays; Classes start Wednesday September 10th, 2014
@ The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA

Youth Flamenco 1 (ages 5-10); 4:00PM The class is designed for children aged 5 to 11 with zero to 1 year of flamenco dance experience. This class includes basic technique of flamenco dance to include correct posture, hand, arm, and foot placement. The student will become familiar with basic flamenco vocabulary. The course will include exercises that will develop the clarity of the students’ footwork, develop their upper-body to lower-body coordination. Basic castanet playing exercises are practiced. Repertoire will be taught. Required attire: leotard or fitted top, castanets, flamenco shoes and skirt for girls. Castanets and flamenco boots for boys. Pre-Registration for Fall-Winter 2014 session, as well as Winter-Spring 2015, contact Eve Costarelli AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com for more information. No drop-ins.

Youth Flamenco 2 (ages 9-16); 5:00PM Two years of dance experience required. This class offers Flamenco technique to improve posture, hand, arm, and foot placement. Exercises that will improve clarity of the students’ footwork, upper-body to lower-body coordination as well as stamina and endurance are included. Medium to complex footwork and choreographic variations are taught. Required Attire: Flamenco shoes, flamenco skirt, leotard or fitted top, castanets. Other dance accessories may be required such as Spanish hat, mantón and fan, when necessary. Pre-Registration for this Fall-Winter 2014 session, as well as Winter-Spring 2015, contact Eve Costarelli AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com for more information. No drop-ins.

Inclusion Yoga
Inclusion Yoga (ages 6-10) and Tween/Teen Yoga on Thursdays: Classes start Thursday October 2nd, 2014
@ Open Spirit Center, 39 Edwards St., Framingham, MA

Inclusion Yoga (ages 6-10); 3:45-4:35PM This inclusion class will help children with Autism, special needs, and typical learners to feel comfortable with all people, noting that everyone is different and that’s OK. The class combines breath work, movement, guided meditations and a deep relaxation period to help children learn to be aware of their thoughts, emotions and what their bodies say. This specialized program is designed for typically developing children, and children with special needs, including but not limited to; Autism, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, PDD, Sensory Processing Dysfunction, PTSD, CP and DS. Students must be able to take verbal instructions and follow along in a group setting with support. Pre-Registration for this Fall session, as well as other sessions throughout the year, are availablehttp://www.openspiritcenter.org/. Led by Eve Costarelli. $90 for the Fall session, no drop-ins.

Tween/Teen Girls Yoga (ages 11-18); 4:45-6:00PM This class brings older tweens and teens together to explore how yoga can help them better understand and appreciate their changing bodies, relationships, and lives. Yoga can help tweens/ teens move through these often-challenging years and emerge with healthy ways to address stress and find balance. Classes will help empower teens and inspire self-awareness and body confidence, and are fun, upbeat, and non-competitive. Yoga poses, philosophy, breath work, meditation and journaling will be explored. This class also presents a wonderful opportunity for tweens/ teens to come together, laugh, and build friendships within the Open Spirit community. Pre-Registration for this Fall session, as well as other sessions throughout the year, are availablehttp://www.openspiritcenter.org/. Led by Eve Costarelli. $90 for the Fall session, no drop-ins.

Privates are available, slots are filling quickly.
Flamenco and Yoga parties available for children and adults. Yoga Classes & The Common Core, Weddings and Corporate events available. Please inquire.

Eve’s other projects include:

Nourishing Teachers, Strengthening Classrooms Project @ the Framingham Public Schools; Framingham, MA

The Birth of Flamenco @ Young Audiences of Massachusetts; Greater New England

Yoga in the Park @ Ivy Child International; Worcester, MA

Core Yoga In Schools @ Brighton High School; Brighton, MA

Yoga Reaches Out: Kid’s Yogathon; Natick, MA

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Working with kids and animals…

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There is a saying “Never work with kids and animals”….but I cannot imagine a better “job” in the world!  

Last night, I had the awesome opportunity to include some of my youth flamenco students in a performance with the Boston Arts Consort. Last night was the Feria de Abril at the Democracy Center in Cambridge , MA. supported in part by the Highland Street Foundation and Art Week Boston. It was a huge success, played to a SRO audience!

The first half of the show was Zarzuela and Feria. My students and I paraded onto the stage, dancing flamenco, to cheers and ooh’s and olé’s, from the audience. This was free-flamenco movement that is so lovely and allows each child to express themselves as they see fit, without any constraints. This can be difficult at times. Being free in front of people can cause fear, embarrassment, and self-consciousness.

Prior to our starting, I had a pow wow with the kids and talked about how to relieve the symptoms of stage fright. I used the example of a movie star, who on the set, has perfect hair, make up, costumes, memorized lines and even a fake accent. We adore this person as an actor! But what if we met this person on the play ground? Their hair would be messy, no make up, regular clothes, no memorized lines and no accent! This is the same person. One is the actor person, one is the person they really are. When we perform, we must be the “actor” part of us, who is not the same as the regular us. It was a good analogy; the kids really got it.
Here are a few more tips:
*Be prepared. Know what you have to do for the performance. That means you have to have practiced prior to the event.
* Be calm. Take breaths in and out through the nose to calm your body and your mind. Inhale like you are really savor into a delicious smell so it fills you up like a balloon, then slowly allow the breath to slide out of your body, letting the body deflate and relax.
* Remember that the audience will be amazed at your fearlessness! Most people do not have the ability to perform in front of others…you do! I guess this is the one we say to imagine the audience in their underwear…
* Be energized, confident and “in the zone”. Allow yourself to draw from all the energy around you, to use that energy to lift you!
* Be in the moment. Be mindful. Do not reside in what happened in the past or what will come in the future. Dance for that moment and give your all. That is true. That is art.
“The strings may be squeaky and worn, the voice cracked and hoarse. What counts here is not the pure and polished sound imposed by the anxious academician of our conservatories, but outrageous expressiveness…a sound too human to be heard without a total upheaval of one’s being. A heartrending cry that rips through the guts and immerses the listener in the sacred ecstasy of the duende.” Bernard Leblon/Author
* Before you go on, do some type of group bonding activity, such as all hands on top of each other in the center and a huge shout of “Ole!”!
* Get your sillies out! This was best helped by Bianca the juggler!

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I don’t know why they say “Never work with children or animals”? For me, it is always an experience of a life time. I graciously thank all my students and families! ¡Viva Sevilla! ¡Viva España! ¡Viva Cambridge! !Viva the Boston Arts Consort! 

 

Below is the program form the event. If you missed us this time, I hope you’ll be able to join us the next. For all the audience members-thank you!

¡Ole Namaste!

The Boston Arts Consort Presents

Feria De Abril

April 26, 2014, The Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA

Linda Papatopoli, pianist and director;

Liz Leehey, clarinet, Eva Lorca, flamenco artist with youth dancers

Josie Howe, Ainoa Nashat, David Perez-Lawrence and Frida S. Vasquez;

Roberto Rios, flamenco guitar, Clara Sandler, mezzo-soprano,

and visiting artist, bass-baritone Miguel Angel Machinandiarena

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Program

-Sevilla from “Suite Española”…………………………………………….……… Isaac Albeniz

-Vals del Caballero de García from “La Gran Via”….…………….……….Federico Chueca

-Tango de la Menegilda from “La Gran Via”…………………….………….Federico Chueca

-Fiesta from “Miniaturas”…………………………………………………………Joaquin Turina

¡Que Viva Sevilla!.……………………………….Traditional dance by students of Eva Lorca

-Romanza from “Luisa Fernanda” ……………………………………..Federico Moreno Torroba

-Sevillanas………………………………………………………..Traditional dance by Eva Lorca

-Duo: ¿Porque de mis Ojos los Tuyos Retiras? from “La Revoltosa” ……….Ruperto Chapí

 

-Brief Intermedio-

-Herencia Gitana………………………………………..……………………………Juan Mostazo

-Nana from “Siete Canciones Populares Españolas”………………..………Manuel de Falla

-Te Lo Juro Yo…………………………………………………..………………..Miguel de Molina

-Sevillanas del Siglo XVIII from “Canciones Españolas Antiguas”..Federico García Lorca

-Tangos en Tono de Tarantos…..………………………….……Flamenco dance by Eva Lorca

-Zapateado from “La Tempranica”……………………..………….………..Geronimo Giménez

-Porompompero…………………….…………………….…………………..Juan Solano Pedrero

¡A Bailar por Sevillanas!

 

Many thanks for the support of Sarah Cadorette, Democracy Center Chief Coordinator,

Joe Cugini, tech support and set design, and the Madison Park Culinary School for supplying our delicious churros.

 

Drawing from the many talented artists and scholars here and abroad, The Boston Arts Consort presents programs that combine the aesthetic, cultural and literary aspects of its themes for a multi-faceted and enjoyable audience experience. At the heart of its programming is the music of Spain; Programs include Goyescas: When Art Becomes Music; Scenes of Spain in Music andTapas; and Lorca in Song and Poetry. The Consort continues to explore contemporary composers of Spain, and looks forward to programming a series of events in 2016 for the centenary of the great Spanish composer Granados. We are thrilled to be part of the inaugural year of Boston’s Artweek.

 

Meet the artists…

Linda Papatopoli, pianist and director, is active as performer and teacher in the Boston area, as well as giving workshops and concerts in Japan and Italy. In recent years her repertoire has expanded to include her passion for the music of Spain, and her lifelong interest in literature and culture led her to found the Boston Arts Consort. She was recently commissioned with soprano Meena Malik to record a series of Japanese art songs for Japan’s Children’s Song Alliance, and her arrangements for voice, clarinet, and piano of Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares and Lorca’s Canciones Antiguas will be recorded this year. Ms. Papatopoli is on the faculty of Boston College and the Solomon Schechter School Enrichment Program of Newton.

Luis De Haro, Executive Director, brings entrepreneurship to the nonprofit community through his experience in business development and real estate asset management, but his love for his native culture is reflected in all of his community efforts and in his dedication to the Boston Arts Consort. As a connoisseur of Spanish cuisine, Luis launched a specialty food business in Boston’s South End. He teaches a long-running tapas class and has created a collaborative program to mentor students with an interest in the culinary arts. As a strong proponent of bilingual education, he teaches both conversational and business Spanish.

Eva Lorca (Eve Costarelli) has been teaching flamenco, tap and yoga in the Boston community for the past twenty years. Through her exploration of flamenco technique and its connection to the yoga body, her dancing personifies the power and stillness held within the music of Spanish gypsies. Eve Costarelli is the founder and Artistic Director of Always Be Dancing which provides flamenco performances, classes, and lecture demonstrations throughout New England. As a member of Young Audiences of Massachusetts, she travels with her program, The Birth of Flamenco, to schools K-12 bringing both her love and knowledge of flamenco.  Her recently created Ole Namaste is on the cutting edge of the global yoga and dance trend infusing the movements, breath-work and meditation of yoga with the music and dance of flamenco.  Ms. Costarelli performs with The Boston Arts Consort, is on the Massachusetts State Teaching Roster and is a certified yoga teacher. For more information http://www.AlwaysBeDancing.com and AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com

Elizabeth Leehey is a clarinetist and music educator in the Boston area and a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. She has been a featured soloist in concert series at universities, music schools and art centers in the United States and Spain. Along with a passion for Spanish music and culture, Elizabeth’s many interests include Alexander Technique and its relationship to music making. She is co-creator of several new transcriptions for flute and clarinet duo which are available at sheetmusicplus.com. Elizabeth maintains a teaching studio in Sharon, MA where she offers private clarinet instruction and chamber music coaching to children and adults.

Miguel Angel Machinandiarena, baritone, lives in Argentina and is currently in Boston pursuing academic studies in English language. Miguel is a graduate of Argentina’s Teatro Colón’s Instituto Superior de Arte. He has appeared in numerous operatic and zarzuela productions, performing in “Salomé” at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, the roles of Alberich in “Das Rheinegold”; Sigfried and Klingson in “Parsifal”, and Joe in Weill’s “Mahagonny”. He also performed Goro in “Madama Butterfly” and Saltan in “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” at the Teatro Colón.

Roberto Ríos , flamenco guitarist, has performed as dance accompanist and solo guitarist for over thirty years. He has appeared with Omayra Amaya, the Rogelio Rodriguez Spanish Dancers, José Greco, Gitanerías, the Ramón de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre, the Houston Pops Orchestra and the Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Ríos, the founder and Director of the group, El Arte Flamenco, is the father of dancers Isabel Ríos and Faustino Ríos with whom he formed the El Arte Flamenco over twenty years ago. Besides performing  in local schools, restaurants and other venues, Ríos also accompanies flamenco dance classes given by his son in Waltham, Massachusetts.  E-mail: elarteflamenco@msn.com.

Clara Sandler, mezzo-soprano, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, feels at home in a wide range of styles, from opera, oratorio and recitals, to zarzuela and tango. She was the featured soloist at the Boston premiere of Gorecki’s “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”, with the Boston Chamber Ensemble. With this orchestra she also performed Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder “She has performed in opera and oratorio with different local music organizations. An avid researcher of music from Spain and Latin America, Clara has presented many recitals in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and in her native Buenos Aires. Her CD “Alma Apasionada, Songs from Spain and Argentina” was released in 2006 by Newport Classic. Clara Sandler, a graduate of the New England Conservatory, is on its Voice faculty at the Preparatory & Continuing Education Schools as well as at Boston College’s Music Department. This spring she is completing a three-year program towards the certification as practitioner of the Alexander Technique at the AT Center of Cambridge.

Young flamenco dancers Josie Howe, Ainoa Nashat, David Pérez-Lawrence and Frida S. Vasquez are students of Eve Costarelli’s Always Be Dancing flamenco school. For more information http://www.AlwaysBeDancing.com and AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com