Something Monday: Flamenco 101 at The Guadalupe

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Jaime SolisUPDATE: Due to the cold weather expected for later this evening, we will have to reschedule today’s Something Monday for February. Sorry for any inconvenience. – The Rivard Report Team

On Jan. 27, Something Monday, our social, casual bike ride in partnership with San Antonio B-Cycle takes us to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center where we will learn the basics of flamenco dance.

Jeannette Chavez, dance director for the center, will instruct us. Flamenco is deeply rooted in Spanish culture and is known for its blend of singing, dancing and guitar.  Jeannette began dancing at the age of three for the city’s parks and recreation department, she is an original member of the Guadalupe Dance Company, and has worked for the center since 2001.  Needless to say, we are in good hands.

 We will be departing from the San Antonio B-Cycle station located at the Blue Star Arts Complex at 6 p.m. for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s main office at 723 S. Brazos St.  It’s expected to warm up by Monday to a high of 66 degrees, so make sure to bring a warm coat and lights for your bike due to the early sunset.

Jeannette Chavez, dance director at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Courtesy Photo.

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, located in the Westside, is a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting Latin-American arts.  The center has programming in six major areas: visual arts, film, literature, theater, music, and dance. The Guadalupe also offers enriching educational experiences by providing classes and workshops for people of all ages.

Staff and volunteers are currently dedicating most of their efforts toward the 36th Annual CineFestival, one of the longest-running Latino film festival in the nation. From Feb. 22 to March 1, the festival will screen some of the best in contemporary U.S. and International Latino films. From their website:

Other CineFestival highlights include:

Q&A sessions, panel and informal discussions. Filmmakers travel to San Antonio for their film screenings, then participate in pre- and post-screening receptions, Q&A discussions and special party events that are open to the public; casual and relaxed, these events are created specifically to encourage dialogue with the artists.

Sunday Family Day, an afternoon of films and special screenings dedicated to programs and activities for the entire family.

Youth Programming featuring work produced by young people from across the country and locally, and screened to area students.

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center lit up at night. Courtesy Photo.

 

The Center is made up of six buildings: the Progreso Drugstore; the Cesar Chavez Building; the Guadalupe Galeria containing exhibition space, educational facilities and dance studios, and the historic Guadalupe Theater.

You don’t need to ride with us to attend the half-hour dance class, but it should be a pleasant ride. We’ll arrive at the Guadalupe at about 6:20 p.m. Afterwards, we can convene at Halcyon Southtown within Blue Star Arts, making the ride about three miles, round-trip.

An RSVP is not required, but you can let us know you’re coming by clicking “join” on our Facebook event page.

 

Jaime Solis is the Director of Marketing and Development for the Rivard Report. Follow him on Twitter at @_JaimeSolis and contact him at jaime@rivardreport.com.

 

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