Flamenco festival to feature vibrant music, singing, dancing

05.13.2016 | By Rob Vanya

Public can learn flamenco arts at workshops

San Jacinto College will host the Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival, featuring rhythmic dancing, masterful guitar playing and percussion and soulful singing. The festival includes a culminating performance, as well as several workshops, that run from Thursday, May 26 through Saturday, May 28 at the Central Campus Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. The festival will also include a special workshop just for young people, Flamenco for Kids and Teens, which will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at 1 p.m., at the South Campus Marie Flickinger Fine Arts Center, 13735 Beamer Road in Houston.

The festival’s culminating performance “Caminos Flamencos” will be held Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m., at the Central Campus music building. The show will feature Emmy Award-winning dancer and artistic director Yaelisa, virtuoso guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” and acclaimed flamenco artists Jose Cortes (singer), Fanny Ara (dancer), and Marlon Aldana (percussionist). “Caminos Flamencos” perform internationally and are renowned for combining traditional and contemporary elements of flamenco arts.

Fifteen public workshops throughout the festival will feature instructions and demonstrations in flamenco music, singing and dancing. The workshops are designed for anyone wishing to learn about Spanish and flamenco arts, and will be led by veteran flamenco artists Yaelisa and McGuire who are internationally renowned for their performing and teaching skills.

The Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival was founded in 2011 by flamenco artists Irma La Paloma and San Jacinto College Music Professor Jeremy Garcia. The event is a non-profit collaboration coordinated by Houston’s Solero Flamenco, San Jacinto College, the Consulate General of Spain in Houston and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

“We firmly believe in the worth and relevance of this non-profit effort,” commented La Paloma. “Through exposure, interaction, and cultural exchange, we can responsibly educate and celebrate these arts, which are a part of our Texas heritage.”

Please visit hsffestival.com for information about workshop schedules, artists, performance times, and admission costs.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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