Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in Western New York

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Photo by Angelica Escoto

Year: 2018-2019
DanceForce Member: Elaine Gardner
Artists: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Community Partners: Buffalo Parkinsons Dance; Buffalo State College; Burchfield Penney Art Center; Nichols School, Buffalo; Pick of the Crop Dance; SUNY Fredonia Dept of Theatre & Dance; Tapestry Charter School, Buffalo
Audience: 725
Counties: Chautauqua, Erie

Vivo Carlota Santana is the nation’s most prominent flamenco and Spanish dance company dedicated to honoring the traditions of flamenco while pushing the art form in new directions. A 4-day residency in WNY will provide professional performances in two different locations. The residency will take place in Erie and Chautauqua county in late April/early May 2019. It will introduce new partners and audiences to Danceforce activities. Community partners for this DanceForce project include the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, SUNY Fredonia Department of Dance, Tapestry Charter School, Nichols School and Buffalo Parkinson’s Dance. The company will bring 2 dancers, 2 musicians, and the Flamenco Certamen Competition winner. Flamenco Certamen provides a spotlight for emerging talent while fostering the continued development and exposure of the flamenco art form. The residency activities are important in further developing the emerging flamenco artists.

The company will teach the technique and skills of flamenco dance and music to students of all ages. Collectively known as Project Olé, the Company’s outreach and educational programs include in-depth lecture demonstration performances and workshops. Participants will experience Hispanic history and culture. They become aware of the varied instruments involved in the art form: castañuelas (castanets), guitarra (guitar), cante (voice), and zapateado (footwork). Vivo and Dance Force member Elaine Gardner will work to design a program and schedule to meet the specific needs of the community partners. Vivo has an established variety of curriculum materials such as an interactive on-line portal with videos, maps, and more. A student journal, a performance guide and teacher curriculum guide can be used in conjunction with the programs.

Vivo Carlota Santana is experienced in offering flamenco dance & music programs for students with disabilities. Specifically tailored to meet the needs of special education students, these programs utilise the rhythm, coordination, and expressive quality of this Hispanic art form to give students a sense of pride and accomplishment as they develop vital skills such as increased dexterity, focus, and interpersonal relationships. As an art form that incorporates dance, music, and song, flamenco has proven highly successful with students with disabilities and offers numerous opportunities for students of different abilities to participate.

This residency will break new ground in the WNY dance and cultural community and provide a quality experience for the Flamenco Vivo artists.