Neighbourhood Dance Works, in partnership with the Arts and Culture Centre, proudly presented the second year of our Flamenco Residency with Raíces y Alas. This series of flamenco dance workshops and performances started in St. John’s, kicking off the Festival of New Dance,  and traveled across the province. 

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Michelle Harding

Michelle began her flamenco dance training in Vancouver with Oscar Nieto in 2001 and began performing two years later. Since then she has developed into one of the city’s most experienced and sought-after tablao performers. Beyond this traditional style of flamenco, she has collaborated with artists from outside the usual scope of the form to experiment, innovate and challenge expectations. She has worked with such diverse artists and groups as The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Tyson Naylor (jazz pianist), Mashregh (Persian-flamenco fusion), Wen Wei Wang (contemporary dance), Krystle dos Santos (jazz-soul singer) and Silk Road Music Ensemble.

Michelle has been involved in the Raíces y Alas Flamenco project since its inception and has danced in dozens of professional presentations including performances at the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, Victoria Flamenco Festival and many productions with Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre. Michelle has studied flamenco and classical Spanish dance in Spain, Greece, Canada and the USA with funding from the Canada Council. She teaches at Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy.


Andrea Williams

Andrea is a major contributor to Vancouver’s artistic community with her experimental and provocative approach to flamenco. She has produced, choreographed, and danced in the sold-out productions of Raíces y Alas (2010), Voces (2011), Colores (2012), Pairings (2013), and táctil (2015, 2016). Her choreographies have also been featured at notable Vancouver dance festivals such as New Works, B.C. Buds and the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. She was an invited soloist for the New Works: Dance AllSorts 2014 season and for Mozaico Flamenco’s 2015 productions of “Viñetas del Mozaico” and “Three Sides of a Coin”.

As a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts grant for Professional Development (2009), Andrea embarked on an extended comprehensive study period in Seville, Spain, at Escuela Matilde Coral and with renowned teachers Ángeles Gabaldón, Isabel Bayón and Rafaela Carrasco. With the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council, she spent the first part of 2016 living in Seville studying intensively with the legendary Belén Maya, a master of contemporary flamenco and bata de cola, and Cristina Hall, an innovative multi-media flamenco artist.


RAÍCES Y ALAS in Residence

Workshop 1: Flamenco and Percussive Dance (Technique)

Monday Sept 24 - Thursday Sept 27, 2018

This class is an excellent introduction to flamenco dance, including footwork (zapateado), arm work (braceo), and hand and wrist embellishment (floreo). We will work on posture, styling and coordination. Participants are also introduced to the music and the rhythm (palmas) of flamenco.
Cost: $120 **early bird, before Sept 3, 2018 is $100!**

Workshop 2: Bulerias Por Fiesta (Choreography)

Monday Sept 24 - Thursday Sept 27, 2018

This class will focus on the playful form of flamenco dance often seen in festive settings such as weddings or parties. Bulerias por Fiesta, also known as Bulerias de Jerez, originates from the south of Spain and the birthplace of flamenco, Jerez de la Frontera. Classes include choreography, rhythm and palmas (hand clapping), and listening to the cante (song). Most importantly, they explain the improvisational dance structure, the significance of remates and llamadas, and allow students the opportunity to dance with live musicians. 
Cost $120 **early bird, before Sept 3, 2018 is $100!**

photo credit: Elvira Yebes

photo credit: Elvira Yebes

RAÍCES Y ALAS in Performance




Raíces y Alas is known for their provocative approach to the age-old art of flamenco. Originating in the South of Spain incorporating dance, music, singing and percussion, flamenco is admired throughout the world for its emotional power and its dynamic, complex rhythms.

Christina Penny - Flamenco dance and Palmas

Sean Harris - Flamenco cante

Marijn Companjen - Flamenco guitar

Anthony Tucker - percussion

Michelle Harding - Flamenco Dance

Andrea Williams - Flamenco Dance