La Magdalena is an award-winning dancer, teacher, and choreographer who divides her time between Seville, Spain and New York City. Her dancing career began in 1993, when while studying intensively she startes to dedicate herself to reviving local Flamenco culture. With local guitarists and singers to standing room only audiences, it was here where Magdalena first “cut her teeth” on the stages of popular NYC venues.
Within just a few years Magdalena was inspired to use her organic skills and educational background to teach people of all ages. She began coaching opera singers in preparation for their roles as "Carmen" and was featured in several documentary films portraying the life of a foreign flamenco artist. In 2009 Magdalena recorded with pop icon Antony & The Johnsons and appeared on stage with the Ontological Theater in “Speed Freaks.”
Today Magdalena can still be found singing, dancing, and playing "cajon" on stages throughout the U.S.. She has appeared as soloist with companies such as Pasion y Arte (Phildalphia), Flamenco Triana (Chicago), and Juanito Pascual (Boston) to name a few.
Since moving to Washington DC in 2013 Magdalena runs Flamenco 4 Kids!™ - a cultural and community based dance program wirh over 50 participants throughout the DMV. She has been awarded grants from The Field and Fractured Atlas for her work as a performing and teaching artist.
Events taking place from October through December will be available in the Fall Lottery opening on September 7th.
Flamenco Dance & Rhythm
Presented by: Dance Flamenco DC / Flamenco 4 Kids!™
The world of Flamenco dance, rhythm, and music is a unique outlet for self-expression. Flamenco 4 Kids™ carefully balances discipline with endless opportunities for fun and character development. Imaginative play is cleverly intertwined with organic ear training as children move their bodies from head to toe! Peek into a class and you may see us learning to stand tall and proud like a King or Queen, stomping our feet in unison like a stampede of horses, or twirling in circles, opening and rotating our hands like blossoming flowers. The final steps are always met with a triumphant shout from the group,... "Olé!"
Length of Event: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Content Area: Arts
Medium: Spanish; Dance; Performance Art;
Learning Standards: Flamenco teaches improvisation, which is to say risk-taking, self-esteem building, and problem-solving. For all age groups, there is also an emphasis on cooperation: the dancer must collaborate with the musician, the musician with singer, and singer with dancer, in order to build a performance piece. At the most basic level, the Art of Flamenco promotes community and the tolerance of diversity and difference since its very essence is a product of many cultures.
Grades: Pre-K - 7th
Ticket capacity: Each class can only allow 20 students maximum to allow for individualized attention and comprehension check. If there is an overflow in registration I am happy to open an additional group.
Ticket Cost: $1
Supplementary Materials: TBD