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Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company

About the Artist

Founded in 1983, Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company (aka Flamenco Vivo) is America’s most prominent flamenco dance group, serving more than 40,000 people nationwide each year through far-reaching programs that entertain, educate and empower. Our mission is to promote flamenco as a living art form and a vital part of Hispanic heritage; produce and perform high quality dance works; and provide arts education programs that catalyze connections among young people.  Project Ole, our Arts Education initiative, reaches thousands of K-12 students in our home bases of New York, North Carolina and throughout the country, including specialized programs for students with disabilities and dual language populations.

Artist Video

Our residency programs focus on developing students' poise, social skills and perseverance  through the teaching of the technique and skills of flamenco dance and music. Our program exposes students to the rich history and culture of this Hispanic art form aligning with standards in ELA, Literacy, History and Social Science. The program begins with a professional Company performance for all students and ends in a culminating activity where students demonstrate their learning with a performance in full flamenco costumes (provided by the company). Specific program content is decided by the school staff and company artists jointly to respond to the needs of the specific student group.  Our TAs are also trained to work with students with disabilities and dual language populations.  Residencies can serve up to 5 classrooms with four sessions each (a dancer and musicians in every session). Single workshops are also available and can accommodate up to 30 students each. Use this link to view a video excerpt from this program: CLICK HERE

Grade LevelsK-12
MaximumsResidencies can serve up to 5 classrooms with four sessions each (a dancer and musicians in every session). Single workshops are also available and can accommodate up to 30 students each. , 25, 5 days
Special Populations

We have experience working with a variety of special populations.

Technical Requirements

Workshop and Residency requires an auditorium, multi-purpose room, or classroom with space for students to move freely. Final Performance needs a wood or wood-type stage approximately 15×20′.  3 microphones on stands (1 downstage right, 2 upstage center with long lines that keep center dance unimpeded); 4 armless chairs upstage center. A room for artists to change into costumes.

Total Fee5-day residency including travel & hotel: $11,300
School Portion$3,767

In this presentation we invite you to join us as we journey, through storytelling, performance and hands-on activities, into the heart of Spanish Flamenco, gathering up the “llaves de oro” or “golden keys” of this culturally rich form of music and dance. Students are introduced to the culture, rhythms, and emotions of flamenco, its origins in Southern Spain, and its multicultural influences: Andalusian, North African, Arabic and Judaic, and Latin American. The Artists demonstrate the important elements of flamenco including: castanuelas (castanets), guitarra (guitar), cante (voice), and zapateado (footwork), and share dances and songs spanning a range of emotions from joy to sorrow, anger to exuberance. Audience participation is a vital aspect of the show which ends with a Q and A and four artists (2 dancers, a singer and a guitarist) present this program in colorful, traditional costumes.  The material is tailored to be age appropriate for students K-12 and pre-performance curriculum guides are provided to classroom teachers. We hope to join you in your school soon, either in person or virtually (We have both a fully pre-recorded and a virtual live option available for our presentation). You can preview the presentation here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxdfxd6DKfA

Grade LevelsAll Ages
MaximumsNone, 45 minutes
Special Populations

We have experience working with a wide variety of special populations.

Technical Requirements

Wood or wood-type stage approximately 15×20′, 3 microphones on stands (1 downstage right, 2 upstage center with long lines that keep center dance unimpeded); 4 armless chairs upstage center. A room for artists to change into costumes.

Total FeeOne 45-minute presentation: $1,300; Two 45-minute presentations OR 1 presentation followed by two 30-min class workshops: $1,600; Three presentations within the Triangle Area $2,100

References

Website

www.flamenco-vivo.org