SARATOGA SPRINGS – The National Museum of Dance and School of the Arts welcomes Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II on Friday, March 23 for a dynamic flamenco workshop and performance. The open community workshop, appropriate for any age or skill level, will be held in the Museum’s foyer from 5:00 to 6:15 pm and is free of charge. It will delve into the history, techniques, and musical aspects of flamenco, offering participants a truly authentic experience of this vibrant art form. A lively, interactive performance by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II will take place in The Riggi Theater from 7 to 8 pm. The cost is $25 per person, $20 for members, students, and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
Hailed as “The Keeper of Flamenco” by Dance Magazine and honored by the King and Government of Spain with La Cruz de la Orden al Merito Civil for “all the years of passion, excellence and dedication to the flamenco art,” Carlota Santana is an internationally-renowned flamenco and Spanish dance artist and educator. In 1983, she co-founded Flamenco Vivo with Roberto Lorca. Following his death from AIDS in 1987, she was determined to continue their work. In the decades since, she has led Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s growth as one of this country’s most successful flamenco companies, with a mission to promote flamenco as a living art form and a vital part of Hispanic heritage.
Santana has served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, is a member of the New York Dance Force and North Carolina Dance Alliance and is a recipient of a Choreographer Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. She is on the faculty of Duke University, has taught at Long Island and New York Universities and participated in the creation of the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.
For more information about the National Museum of Dance and to purchase tickets for the performance, visit DanceMuseum.org or call 518-584-2225 ext. 3001.