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Flamenco Dance Workshop: Music, Dance and Communication – Sun 4/9 @ 12:00 – 2:00 p.m


Sun 4/9 @ 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
701 Tillery St, Austin TX 78702

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Flamenco Dance Workshop: Music, Dance and Communication with Illeana Gomez & guitarist Alejandro Pais Iriart

Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
701 Tillery St, Austin TX 78702

$35 per person in advance ($50 at the door)

Flamenco is an art form from Andalucia, Spain that has been forged as a result of the cultural influences that the region has had for 1000’s of years. This art is most clearly expressed through its cante (song), baile (dance) and toque (guitar playing).

This community workshop will focus on flamenco as social and cultural practice. In this basic class we will learn some essential dance properties such as body posture, and basic steps; as well as identify essential musical elements, thus creating a basic vocabulary necessary for participation. By understanding its unique vocabulary and respecting common social elements of communication, students will be able to experience the art form as a fluid conversation between participants.

– Body posture
– Aesthetic
– Body language and cuing
– Musical structure and cuing
– Vocabulary
– Palmas (hand clapping)
– Rhythm

About Illeana Gomez


Illeana Gomez

Illeana Gomez began her dance studies at a young age, studying ballet and classical Spanish dance at the Alta Gracia Garcia school and the Mina Gutierrez Hachar dance school in Laredo, Texas. In 2003, she got her first taste of professional performance, performing with the groups Flamenco Fuego de San Antonio, and Tierra Adentro Cuadro Flamenco. Since then, she has pursued intensive flamenco studies, traveling to Spain frequently to study at Amor de Dios school in Madrid or at various schools in Seville including study with Juan Manuel Montoya “Farruquito,” Carmen Ledesma, El Oruco, and Andres Marin. In 2006, Illeana moved to Albuquerque, NM to study at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts where she soon became a member of Alma Flamenca, then, Yjastros: the American Flamenco Repertory Company. That year, Illeana got accepted to the MFA program at UNM where she studied with Eva Encinias- Sandoval. In May 2010, she was awarded an MFA in dance.

Illeana has gained professional experience working in various companies including Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company, Theresa Cardenas Theater Company, the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theater Company, and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Illeana has shared the stage with artists such as Coral de Los Reyes, Jose Valle “Chuscales,” Jesule de Utrera, Kina Mendez, Manuel Gutierrez, Jose Cortes, Saray Muñoz, Pedro Cortez, and Auxi Fernandez, amongst others.

About Alejandro Pais Iriart


Alejandro Pais

Alejandro Pais Iriart was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the neighborhood of La Boca. Music, the guitar in particular, has always been a part of Alejandro’s life.  After moving to New Mexico at the age of fourteen, Alejandro  studied guitar at Highland High School under Paul Nilsson. After seeing his talent for bossanova, tango, and other folkloric music, Nilsson introduced him to his next mentor, Luis Campos, a flamenco and classical guitar teacher who taught him some of the basics. Shortly after graduating high school, he began playing as an assistant instructor at the University of New Mexico, under Eva Encinias-Sandoval.  Alejandro has taught himself the music of other guitarists such as Sabicas, Paco de Lucia, Diego del Gastor, Moraito, and Chicuelo, among others. He performs as a soloist and as a dance accompanist with several performance groups in United States and Argentina in such venues like Joyce Theater of NY.  He has had the opportunity of taking classes with Ramon Amador, Miguel Iglesias, El Perla, Jesus de Rosario, El Entri, and Alfredo Lagos amongst others. He has performed in the companies of Alejandro Granados, Antonio Granjero, Edwin Aparicio, Juan Siddi and is currently working on developing new projects and productions for his own company La Juerga Flamenco Ensemble and Jazz’tamos flamenco/jazz ensemble.

Workshop Location

Puerto Rican Cultural Center
701 Tillery St, Austin TX 78702

Questions? Please send email to for more information.

The Celebrando 2017 heritage project is made possible in part through funding and support by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.