Flamenco- [flaˈmeŋko] is a genre of music and dance native of the Southern Region of Spain that have been around since 1774. This type of music tell stories of the time, of its people and their feelings and through their cantes, classical guitars, cajon, and palmas, they are able to transport you to another time and place where you are able to feel their despair, anguish, passion and desired through the movement of the bailaores (dancers).
Although, Flamenco is originated in the region of Andalusia, Spain, it has been able to touch the heart of many through out the years. People all over the world experience day by day the beauty and passion that Flamenco provides, children all over the world have been learning the art of Flamenco for decades and becoming professional Flamenco dancer’s.
In this opportunity, Doral Magazine had the honor to sit down with international Flamenco dancer Gabriela Fonseca who with her passion for the genre have been dancing and teaching people the art and passion of Flamenco.
DM: When did you start dancing?
GF: I started dancing in Venezuela when I was 4- years old. I started with hip- hop and some of the typical dances from Venezuela such as; Tambores, Joropo, Merengue and eventually discovered the art of Flamenco when I was 11- years old.
DM: What makes you dance with such a passion?
GF: Dancing have been an a crucial part of my life. For me, stop dancing would be as cutting my arm off, it is part of me, part of who I am. It is a HUGE part of my everyday life, sometimes I will be taking a vacation in it will drive me completely crazy to not been able to dance and teaching. I love to see how my students advance and make the art theirs, how they start with out a technique,
nothing more than the idea of what Flamenco is and with the passing of the months, see how they evolve, wrapping themselves in pure passion . It is an honor and makes me absolutely happy to see their transition and see them grow into beautiful, elegant, graceful bailaoras.
DM: Do you any bailaores/ bailaoras who inspires you?
GF: I love to observe and learn new techniques from different bailaores. I love to see the new comers because they bring something fresh, something new to the tablao (Stage). Many of my favorites are Andalusia Bailaores they are autochthonous. Im not much of a spanish dancer but more of a Flamenco dancer which is more traditional, something that have been pass down from generation to generation, something that you will see at a house in Sevilla. That is with no doubt the one I enjoy the most. Some of the bailaores I enjoy watching the most are Rosio Molina, Pastora Galban, I love her work and I have had the privilege of watching her work on stage, she is truly a magnificent bailaora.
DM: How do you manage to come up with more than 7 choreographies for all your groups in the academy here in Miami?
GF: It really starts with designing what we want for the show and we start from the customs; what they will be wearing in their hair, the earrings they will use, the colors of the dresses; the color of the dresses have a lot to do with the palo (rhythm) the bailaora will be presenting. Once we have a knowledge of that , we go into creating the choreography they will be performing on stage. For this, I like to close my eyes and imagine how I want the show to go on, what music I want and what figures when can do so they can all evolve and project their passion and they are all 100% visible on stage. We always have family and friends who are eager to see their girls perform so, what I like to do is create choreographies with a lot of movement where you are able to see all of the bailaoras from every perspective, constantly moving around the stage, this is also really attractive to the audience. This helps a lot with coordination, not every girl, teenager, or adult have the same ability to control their movements from left to right, dancing while walking, moving with the zapateo. What helps a lot is that we make it as fun and enjoyable as possible, I will try to explain to them the idea of the figure I have in my head of how I want the formations to look like and it helps them visualize it. It helps bring out the best in them and exposes their passion on stage.
“I love to see how my students advance and make the art theirs, how they start with out a technique, nothing more than the idea of what Flamenco is and with the passing of the months, see how they evolve, wrapping themselves in pure passion.”
DM:Tell us a bout the trajectory of the academy.
GF: Well, in this case we like to call it a school. The reason behind this is because my goal is to teach my student the foundation, it is not only about going to class learning a routine and getting out after an hour has passed like a hobby. My main focused has always been studying, reading, truly learning the origins of what the students will be performing. I like to teach them that they can love what they do, they can learn, and apply it in their everyday life’s. There is something new to learn everyday. That is why it has always been an escuela Flamenca, because it is a place where we go to learn something new everyday….
We started in 2000 when I had to move from my home town Valencia- Carabobo, Venezuela to Puerto Ordaz- Bolivar, Venezuela and I tried to go back to my Flamenco classes, I was 23- years old at the time and as I started looking for academies and noticed that there was none to be found in the area, so I started looking, gathering information, the options I had to start my own school and decided to take on the adventure, I was already prepared had a certificate from my mentor Maria Sacramonte ,a graduates degree in teaching, and some years teaching children under my belt. I had to sell my car, work extra hours, received some financial help, in order to rent a house, make a tablao (stage where flamenco dancers perform at a theater, plaza, or academy), and make all things possible to start creating what is today Gabriela Fonseca Escuela Flamenca. We had our fist show in 2001 and from there we had had the honor of sharing stage with well know dancers like Rosario Flores, Torbellino and we have been able to participate in many festivals her in Miami as well.
DM: What would be your goal as a teacher?
GF: My goal as of right now as a teacher and dancer is to make a name for our self her in Miami. My goal is o make sure that every single one of my students s is coming to class excited, full of energy and happy because they love what they are doing and what they are learning. For me it is a success, brings me a lot of joy when I see the months pass and I see that my students have been part of this dream for months and years, because this requires dedication, patience, exercise, and a lot of discipline and to see my students come back month after month and year after year, it is truly beautiful and satisfactory to know that they love what they are learning and hoe they are learning.
DM: can you give us any insight on what is to come for the next show?
GF: I am still looking for the perfect name for the show. We already have dresses; half of the choreographies are about finished. I still don’t have the name I am waiting for that last inch of inspiration to kick in but it definitely have something to do with gardens and flowers. The show will go as a one piece, this means that dances will go right after the other with a small break of 10 minutes, so we are still working on the last details of how everything is going to play out. We have great musicians, great dancers, and a wonderful theater staff.
“My goal is o make sure that every single one of my students s is coming to class excited, full of energy and happy because they love what they are doing and what they are learning.”
Gabriela Fonseca, a dancer whose dreams have taken her places and is passionate not only about performing but also about teaching this art to others so they can enjoy it as much as possible. Don’t miss out the great opportunity to come with Doral Magazine to enjoy the show that is guarantee to take your breath away this upcoming December 6th, 2015 at 5:00p.m at the Miramar Cultural Center Artspark.
For more information about shows and classes don’t forget to contact Gabriela Fonseca Escuela Flamenca:
9851 NW 58th Street #114 Doral, FL. 33178
786-238-1073 / 786-350-5859
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