Sun, April 21, 2019
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Tickets : $20-$40
Briseyda Zárate & Company perform a masterful rendition of Flamenco in it’s truest form – The Tablao. Full of rhythm, emotion and skilled improvisation, this inspired ensemble of dancers and musicians will take you on an exhilarating journey deep into the heart and soul of Flamenco.
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THE FLAMENCO TABLAO is the most intimate and authentic way to experience Flamenco. The word “tablao” refers to the wood that we so passionately dance on as well as the place where flamenco is performed in it’s most powerful manifestation.
Each month Briseyda will be joined by top musicians, singers and dancers.
Thank you 2018! May 2019 bless us all with love, prosperity, good health and most of all COURAGE to meet our challenges and live the life that we dream.
I feel like I’ve lived 100 lives this year! There was Sevilla & New York. There was no car on purpose and lots of train rides, metro rides, airplanes, bikes, and walking. There were fewer possesions and more adventure. There was great students, new friends, new experiences, lots of inspiration, and lots of dancing and singing. As well as healing, illness, loneliness, pain, joy… laughs and many tears. So many blessings, miracles, and challenges met. Thank you Universe for it all🙏🏽. Am I ready and willing to do it all again, the answer is without a doubt, Yes!
On that note, I’m starting the year by co-producing and dancing in “Noche de Tablao” – Flamenco Night at the Bootleg Theater, on Sunday, Jan. 13. Thank you for supporting this event! Click here for Tickets .
All Flamenco classes will begin this Saturday Jan 5. I’ve added a mid week class on Wednesday nights and a 2hr class twice a month on Sunday afternoons. Click here for class details.
Last year I started the new year with a free dance challenge, the Flamenco 30 Day Challenge. This year the challenge will begin on January 5. You can sign up anytime between Jan 5 and Jan 31. All details to this and more here!
Yours in Flamenco,
The stage for a dancer is a magical and sacred space where our fantasies come to life and and where we celebrate our deepest feelings. The FLAMENCO TABLAO is the most intimate and authentic way to experience Flamenco. The word “tablao” refers to the wood that we so passionately dance on as well as the place where flamenco is performed in it’s most powerful, no-nonsense manifestation. I’m blessed to have a place to be free in this way and excited to share with you in “NOCHE DE TABLAO” happening Sunday, January 13, 6:30pm at the Bootleg Theater. Accompanied by fellow flamencos, singer Jose Cortez, and guitarist Andres Vadin. Tickets are available now .
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Do you have a place that that inspires you? What’s your happy place? Where do you feel most free?
If there was ever a way to turn pain into gold, I have found it. I have struck gold. Before Flamenco, my pain, grief, sadness, angst were bad…unappealing at best, to me and mostly to others. Highly discouraged feelings by family and society who are obsessed with happiness, unaware of the fact that the happiness we all seek is on the other side of the pain. It is in the feeling of our pain that we make it to the happiness. By shedding a bright light on it is how the darkness dissipates. It is through the public sharing of pain as art that it is relieved. Flamenco is superb for this.
Suddenly people appreciated, celebrated, stood up out of there seats and clapped when I shamelessly showed my desolation and grief in a Siguiriya or my dire loneliness in a Soleá. When my face cringed, and my feet hit the ground in anger turned into rhythm, I was applauded and once I even won a first place award and a large cash prize for this?? Go figure? Hey, it’s no surprise, when you own, acknowledge and celebrate ALL your feelings, even the so called ugly ones and show them to everyone with nothing to hide, then everyone else also celebrates them. But you must be the first one to approve them or else outside validation will forever elude you.
Oh and very important, YOU MUST REALLY, REALLY CELEBRATE THE PAIN, BY THIS I MEAN, PUT A FABULOUS DRESS ON IT AND CROWN IT WITH FLOWERS LIKE THE VIRGIN, JESUS AND ALL THE SAINTS ON SEMANA SANTA….OLEEEE!! Your pain is beautiful and deserving of this attention and adoration. Isn’t it cool and outrageous that all that pain that could have destroyed me was transmuted into good and now uplifts and supports me and dare I say others, to the point that I now make a thriving living from it!? Isn’t it cool, isn’t it beautifully ironic, how God works in mysterious ways – not at all a clichè but truth? It is the most magical thing, this phenomenon I coin Flamen-Cura, quite literally, Flamenco that Heals…this turning pain into gold.
I remember a time when I didn’t have the time to catch my breath much less dance.
I was an elementary school teacher living in Echo Park and teaching third grade at Rosemont Elementary. Although I was young, I was stressed out, over weight and over worked. On top of my work load, I had a really needy live in boyfriend, a hyper critical family, a narcissistic best friend and very poor personal and professional boundaries. All this at age 23. I though to myself, “But I’m just starting out in life, how am I ever going to make it!” Truth is I wasn’t going to make it if I kept denying myself the time I deserved to take care of my own needs, desires and dreams. I did not know the meaning of the word no. Instead I strived to please everyone so that I would be liked, and if I was lucky I thought, maybe even loved. I had no time, or more accurately, I did not think I was deserving of the time to do what in my heart I knew I loved, which was very simply to dance Flamenco.
Self-Love is a tricky thing to figure out when you’re brought up to think that it’s something you find outside of yourself through other people’s approval and validation. Dreams are not important, they don’t pay the bills or put food on the table so don’t even bother cause brown Mexicans don’t dream, they work hard jobs that no one else wants to do to make ends meat – is what I was brainwashed to believe. Women, especially women like you, as brown as you are, are born to serve and care take – was the message I received. In retrospect, I had a lot to work through and at 23 I did not have the awareness to know it but I did have Flamenco. And Flamenco is a very strong energetic force with an irresistible pull as strong as the oceans, that has the ability to heal you if you let it. When I danced and when I listened to the guitar and the whaling sounds of anguish come out of a singers stomach, I knew if only on a subconscious level that this was my only hope and my way out of this mess. It was how I was going to step into my power, my Goddess Self and how I was going to, in a very real way, keep alive.
I take this deeper knowing of Flamenco very matter of factly as truth. It goes way beyond learning steps in a studio. It has a profound effect and can change your life. It can be heavy and intense or off the wall ecstatic, but ironically it’s what keeps me Zen – centered and balanced, and what keeps my heart and outlook on life care-free and light as a feather. I will always remember and be thankful for the time when I didn’t have the time if only to remind me that I am worth doing what I love, that I am deserving of my dreams, that my needs are important and that I matter. So do you. So do you.
Yours in Flamenco,
So what do palmas/hand claps, rhythm, singing and Michael Jackson have to do with Flamenco dance? Everything! (I’ll get to the MJ part soon, bare with me). Forgive me for the rhetorical question and if I’m preaching to the choir. In flamenco the instruments we have at our disposal are the guitar, the cante/voice, the palmas/hand claps our bodies and our shoes….ah yes and the cajon/percussive box, but that came way later. Sounds like a pretty minimalist set up right? It’s always amazed me how just with these elements we can make magic happen — How simple yet how powerful this all is. I’ve always been enamored by the cante, I’ve been singing since I was a little girl and the guitar is the most comforting instrument for me…my dad and all my uncles play the guitar and my mother sings. And rhythm, well I discovered I had that when Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall” album came out and when I learned my feet were instruments in tap class and I danced with abandon to the big band song, 42nd street (to this day one of my favorites!)
For me, discovering flamenco was like finding the holy grail. It had all the things I liked put into one — the tap dancing, well kinda, the guitar, the singing and the rhythm of 100 Michael Jacksons.
Although all my classes are infused with these things I am now taking the plunge and opening a class exclusively dedicated to Palmas and Cante. I’m so excited to finally be doing this.
Playing the palmas is the number one way to participate in Flamenco and to support a dancer. Suffice it to say that the majority of the time I’m in stage, I’m not dancing but sitting in my chair playing palmas! In class, we’ll sit or stand in a circle, family/juerga style, and I’ll teach you how to clap out the different rhythms with confidence. You’ll learn the do’s and dont’s and the most popular letras/cantes for the different dance styles. Now you don’t need to be a singer or want to be one to learn this — If you are interested in the dance, this is reason enough to learn the songs because as dancers that’s the most important part! Also you’re not obligated to sing, you can listen, take notes and soak it all in…Flamenco happens through osmosis as well. I came into flamenco singing via dancing…now I’m singing my heart out for other dancers, and I even sang in Sevilla twice this past Spring? Who would’ve thought?? So really you never know where this will lead you. One things for certain, we’ll learn and have fun doing it!
This first session of this class starts on Saturday, August 4, at 3pm in LA. You don’t need any special attire or shoes, just bring yourself and come as you are. For the complete schedule, and how to sign up just email me here or go to my website: https://briseydazarateflamenco.wordpress.com/classes-workshops/
Yours in Flamenco,