Flamenco Por La Vida Brings Spanish Flavor to Phoenix Every Week
While Ramirez was a founding member of Yjastros, the American Flamenco Repertory Company based in New Mexico, she's excited to stay here and continue to grow the local flamenco community by encouraging anyone--regardless of shape, size or dance experience--to get involved by learning the dance or seeing a show.
"I always say you are never too old, too young, too fat, or too skinny to dance flamenco," Ramierz says. "It's in your heart. I just help you find it."
Indeed, flamenco--like some of the rock shows that get crowds moving together out on the other side of the Crescent--relies on fervor and positivy. The dance transcends language and continents.
"You don't have to be Spanish to dance flamenco," Montufar says, "you just have to learn that it's OK to wear your heart on your sleeve. Flamenco for me has always been a way to say what I can't put into words--the part of me that feels more and thinks less, and the part of me that I always run back to."
Watch a video of one of Flamenco Por La Vida's Crescent Ballroom performances.
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