Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fall 2010 Preliminary Class Schedule with Eve Agush

The Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA
4:00-5:00PM Youth Flamenco Level One (ages 7-14) NEW CLASS
5:00-6:00PM Youth Tap Level Two (ages 9-14)
Newton MA Location TBA
4:00-7:00PM Youth Flamenco Levels 2/3 (ages 9-16) First class will determine class break up
B Yoga, Melrose, MA
4:15-5:15PM Youth Yoga (ages 7-11)

Northeast Youth School of Ballet, Melrose, MA
5:30-6:30 Youth Flamenco Level One (ages 7-12)
6:30-7:30 Intermediate Tap Dance 
Private lessons available; please inquire.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


The Boston Arts Consortium Presents Its Third Annual
Music, Dance & Culture with Lecture Presentation & Spanish Refreshments

Linda Papatopoli, pianist & director
Margarita Campos, Barcelonian lecturer
Eva Lorca, flamenco artist
Glenda Landavazo, soprano
Gary Tucker, baritone
Liz Leehey, clarinet
Roberto Rios, flamenco guitar
Yvonne Lalyre, guest flamenco artist

Friday, July 30th, 8 PM
Kaji Aso Studio
40 St. Stephen Street, Boston
Admission $15 includes concert & refreshments
617-666-7973 for more information

Friday, July 23, 2010

It was a really good show!

Met up with my collaborator Patrice Monahan today and we began viewing the video from our April 30th 2010 performance.

It was a really good show! Our dancing was spot on and our musicians were totally in the groove. We worked hard last year and really came up with a unique perfomace.

Keep your eyes peeled for the next venue hosting "RapAtaPtaP and All That".

View Gypsy Spirit

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Yoga-Snack is coming to B Yoga in Melrose, MA

For one week only, Eve will lead a youth yoga class that will include a fun and healthy activity.
B Yoga 537 Main Street Melrose, MA 02176
August 9-13, 2010 (Monday-Friday)
A fun and exciting alternative to summer camp! Age appropriate yoga class plus creative arts, healthy snack making, journaling and other fun activities! 75-minutes every day for one week. Kids ages 6-11. Parent’s drop off and pick up.

Monday: Journaling-Make your own journal and creative writing.
Tuesday: Healthy habits-Simple ways to exercise your heart and your mind (beyond yoga).
Wednesday-Yummy healthy snack- Fresh vegetables, dip and lemonade.
Thursday-Art Project-Mandalas.
Fridya-Kid’s Choice-Favorite Poses.

Call 781-475-2520 to register via phone or follow this link:

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tomy Gearation by Tomy (Toy Reveiw)

Not something I usually do, but I just had to post this toy. The Tomy Gearation by Tomy is one of the best toys we ever bought our son. It is such a  creative, yet simple toy. It is such a fun toy. I highly reccomend it. We bought it when our son was three and today, at 8 years old, he and his 8 year old friend are playing with it...for over an hour, some creative pretend game. LOVE IT!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I'll let my Shiva do it for you...Flamenco lesson for Linden #1

Today was Linden's first private lesson with me. I began the lesson by talking about the elasticity of movement required to dance flamenco. Each action is both impelled and compelled to move. For example, while lifting your arms, not only are you feeling resistance from the air above, you are also being pushed from below. It is as if a set of imaginary arms (think of having Shiva arms) is pushing your arms down from above and lifting your arms up from below. This causes a visual sense of tension that should then become fluid and elastic.

I explained the basic rhythm pattern for 12-count rhythms: 12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12... This can be seen as 2 sets of 3 (1,2,3; 1,2,3) and 3 sets of 2 (1,2; 1,2; 1,2). Using the concept of elasticity, you can feel the pull from 1 to 3 in the sets of three and 1-2 in the sets of two. Never get tot he beat ahead of time. always jump on it before it is too late.

Basic Marking Step:
looking forward, hands on hips, feet in basic "T" with front foot slightly pointed at 11 o'clock and the back foot pointing in the direction you are walking.
No. 1: Step on back foot (on "12"), touch front foot and then step on it (this is a "3" pattern)...12,1,2-3,4,5
No. 2: Step on back foot and then lightly step on front foot (this is a "2" pattern)...6,7-8,9-10,11. The front foot kind of pops up from the knee as it makes it's step, while the back foot, heels heads towards rear end and it stamps down as it takes it's step.

How to Hold the Body: The flamenco back is formed by doing a back bend in the upper back. It can be taught by using the basic structure of Tadasana and Upward Tadasana 
Also necessary for the flamenco body is the use of the yoga bandhas: Mula and Uddyana. I explain it by first grasping the muscle in your rear end (as if to stop yourself from going tot he bathroom), then you grasp the muscle to stop yourself from peeing, then you grasp the lower abdominal muscle and that creates a sense of strength holding you to the ground and at the same time lifting you to the sky.

**Note** If your wrists start to hurt from being kept as fists against your hips for a long time, then shake them, press the palms together and lift elbows and also press the back of the hands together and drop elbows to create a nice stretch.

Next in the construction of the flamenco body is the use of your armpit muscles. To get the correct lift in your body, you need to start by lifting the side rib muscles, then your arm pit muscles. You shoulders are lifted by this action, not by the action of shrugging your shoulders. At that point, feel a weight being hung from each bottom point of the scapula. You need to broaden your chest from the center (think of cracking open a lobster) and at the same time, widen your back by adding breath into your muscles and letting everything open up. From there, the "weights" on your shoulders pull the shoulders down and out of the way. You want there to be a flow of air that can pass through your arm pit, not created by lifting your elbows, but by lifting your arm pit muscles (here is where I usually use the visualization of putting a small apricot into your arm pit, not closing your pits so as not to squish it, nor opening your arm pits to allow it to drop. Instead, create a pocket in your arm pit to hold the apricot safe.

Use of the Arms: Braseo
When using the arms, imagine a clock face:
12 o'clock: Arms are up, above the head (at 12 o'clock on a dial)
3 o'clock: One or both arms are open, like a capitol letter "T"
6 o'clock: One or both arms are down (at 6 o'clock on a dial)
9 o'clock: one or both arms are directly in front of the body, no more than 1/2 way across the body.

Basic Footwork: Tacaneo:
flat foot (knees are slightly bent, lift foot as if to kick self in rear end; drop full foot to floor)
double flat foot (first step is a full footed touch, no weight, second stamp takes weight)
Ball (make sure all toes are landing on floor equally)
Heel (use gluteus muscle for a strong sound)
Ball Heel (work for the definition of the two sounds so you do not get a squashed sound)