Global Moves: Learn the Flamenco of Spain w/ Xianix Barrera - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Global Moves: Learn the Flamenco of Spain w/ Xianix Barrera

$20 per device Online Experience
1 hour
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$20 per device
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What We’ll Do

There are many ways to experience a new culture. You can try the food, read the literature, or listen to the music, just to name a few. But in this new digital series, we want you to get out of your seat and explore the world through movement and dance!

This month, we’ll be joined by Xianix Barrera who will introduce us to Flamenco. Flamenco is a beautifully rich art form from Andalusia, the southern region of Spain. The dance comprises three important elements; the Cante (the song), the Toque (the guitar) and the Baile (the dance), amongst others. In this interactive hour, you’ll dive into the Baile Flamenco by learning its various techniques: floreo (hand movements), braceo (arm movements), zapateado/taconeo (footwork), marcajes (marking steps), compas y palmas (rhythms and hand-clapping), and proper placement of the body. The class will conclude with a short yet fun choreography in a four-count rhythm called Tangos Flamencos. Bring your heels, your favorite skirt or vest, and get ready to feel the passion of el baile flamenco!

Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
Xianix Barrera
Xianix Barrera

Xianix Barrera is a Bessie award nominated flamenco dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in New York City. Female empowerment, queer themes, sexual identity and social justice color her choreographic work and create the focal point for the company she founded in 2012; Xianix Barrera Flamenco Company.  With a background in ballet, modern, jazz and percussive studies, Xianix has dedicated herself to the lifelong study of flamenco with the masters of the art form in both New York and Spain.  Xianix has received ongoing recognition for her work; she was a scholarship recipient for the Flamenco Program at the School of Jacob's Pillow, an Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana,  and a two-time SU-CASA community arts engagement grantee. Most recently she was nominated for a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer for her role in "Latido" as part of the Emerging Choreographer Series produced by Mare Nostrum Elements. Xianix also gives classes and conducts workshops for the Joyce Theater and New York City Center during their annual flamenco festival and is dedicated to the ongoing education of adults, children and elders throughout New York City. You can learn more about Xianix on her website, and follow Xianix on Instagram, Tiktok, and Facebook.

What Else You Should Know

Participants are encouraged to wear form fitting clothes such as tank tops, leotards, tights, yoga pants and/or track pants with an optional skirt or vest. You can wear closed-toe shoes with sturdy heels such as dress shoes, boots, or character shoes. It is not recommended to take the class barefoot or with stiletto heeled shoes or sneakers.

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This Online Experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

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Dates and Availability
  • Wed, Nov 3, 2021
    7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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