Do you tune in every week to watch Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance? If you enjoy those shows, you are in luck. Cacsa Vicente is bringing its own dance contest to Tucson, Flamenco-style.
On Friday, September 23, 2011, Casa Vicente Spanish Restaurant, at 375 S. Stone, presents Concurso de Sevillanas, Tucson’s first Sevillanas contest. Although many think of Flamenco dance as an intense, passionate art form with lots of fast footwork, the Sevillanas is a folk dance from Andalucia, Spain usually done in couples, with a partner or a group.
Due to the popularity of the dance in Southern Spain, the Sevillanas has become a part of a flamenco dancers repertoire. The dance is performed in Spain at night clubs, parties, festivals, in the streets and at important events. It can be done on stage in a traditional dress layered with ruffles, or barefoot in street clothing.
Spain offers Sevillanas contests throughout the year and now Tucson gets to experience the joys of its own Sevillanas contest by way of Casa Vicente and the 3rd Annual Tucson Spanish and Flamenco Festival.
The contest is open to all dancers and contestants will be judged in three categories. Judges are looking for the most creative, most authentic and best overall presentation. The lucky winners will go home with gift baskets and gift certificates. The panel of judges is made up of: Macarena Giraldez, a flamenco artist from Sevilla, Olivia Rojo, director of Flamenco Y Mas, Leisa Forman, a retired Flamenco and Spanish dancer, and select members of Tucson’s Club Espana.
The Sevillanas contest is just one of the many events presented this year at the 3rd Annual Festival. This year the festival begins on Thursday, September 22nd with an evening of Cante, the song of Flamenco. Doors open at 8 p.m. but enthusiasts can go early and dine on Tapas, the traditional appetizer of Spain.
Along with the dance contest, other events include a fashion show featuring local, regional and national designers, dance, palmas (hand-clapping), singing and cajon workshops, lectures and demonstrations and the festival kick-off celebration, Flamenco Kids, at the Children’s Museum of Tucson. Doors open at 8 p.m each night, the dance contest begins at 9 p.m. On Thursday and Sunday evenings, the entrance fee is $25 and on Friday and Saturday $30 gets you in the door.
For more information about the contest and festival see this link.
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