Thursday, September 13, 2012

Young Audiences of Massachusetts Showcase September 20, 2012 Arts for Learning

Young Audiences of Massachusetts                                                                                                                        Arts for Learning 

Showcase 2012
Thursday, September 20

9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Charles River School
6 Old Meadow Road, Dover, MA

Guarantee your school selects the best in Arts For Learning!


This year's Fall Showcase features selections from over 30 ensembles including six new
artists!  Join audiences of PTO representatives, teachers, school administrators and K-8 students in seeing, first-hand, 20-minute versions of performances and abbreviated workshops. This event is held only once a semester. 

Adults are invited to join us for this FREE, ‘don’t miss’ event.

Please visit our website
to register and for more information, including schedule and directions.

Celebrating 50 years of Arts For Learning!
Young Audiences is a non-profit organization.
89 South Street, Suite 601, Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Tel: (617) 629-9262 / Fax: (617) 249-1862 /

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2012-2013 Flamenco and Yoga Classes with Eve Costarelli

Flamenco and Yoga Classes with Eve Costarelli

Mondays @ Open Spirit/Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St. Framingham, MA
·         3:30-4:40 Family Yoga (all kids up to grade 4)*
·         4:30-5:30 Yoga for the Young Athlete…and All Ambitious Kids (grades 5-12)*
·      6:00-7:30 Veteran’s Yoga (free for all veterans, family members, and care providers)
*These classes are community classes-suggested drop in rate is $12-$15/per class

Wednesdays @ the Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA
·         4:00-5:00 Youth Flamenco Beginner (ages 6-12)
·         5:00-6:00 Youth Flamenco Int. (ages 7-12; One year flamenco experience required)

Thursdays @ Open Spirit/Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St. Framingham, MA
·        3:30-4:30 Youth Flamenco Beginner (ages 6-12)
·        4:30-6:00 Youth Flamenco Intermediate (ages 11-16)
    Fridays @ Open Spirit/Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St. Framingham, MA
·         Adult/Teen Flamenco Beginner/Advanced Beginner (ages 12+)


Private lessons available/Daytime classes can be formed 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Chestnut Hill School: Spanish Adventure Camp

                                   Beautiful flamenco dolls made by the 3-5 year old campers

To finish of the summer, Antonio "Tiriti" Tran and I performed at the Chestnut Hill School's Spanish Adventure Camp. Here the campers ranged from ages 3-9. We first started with a clapping sequence that led into a short call for bulerĂ­as. With that, we grabbed the kids attention and I danced a guajira, a light, fun, and flirty dance where I used a fan for a prop. I gave a brief history of flamenco to the campers but mostly got them involved as true lover's of flamenco. I led them in a few rousing choruses of ¡ole! and then they were off on their own, cheering me along gleefully at every moment. My favorite thing, was one small girl, who just could not stay seated but kept finding herself drawn to the front of the stage. Her body was swaying and accenting as she followed along with my dancing.

The second half hour was spent with the slightly older campers, ages 7-9, and here we spent most of our time in a large circle doing: palmas (clapping), tacaneo (stomping our feet), floreo (fluttering our hands like butterflies), braseo (moving our arms) and learning a special poem and the movements I have choreographed to it:

Se coje (reach up and twist an apple off a branch) la manzana
Se muerde (pass the apple by your mouth as if to bite it) la manzana
Se tira (throw the apple to the floor) la manzana
Se pisa (stamp stamp stamp stamp)  la manzana

Here is a nice excerpt from the thank you note I received:
"I wanted to write and thank you again for coming in to the school to perform. The campers LOVED the performance - they were talking about it for the rest of the day. We even had one parent email us and express her happiness - her son said it was one of the best days in camp this summer! Many other parents remarked that their children were practicing the moves you showed them throughout the evening. The campers have been writing 'Ole!' on all of their art projects, and using it to express delight at a range of activities."

For me..this is what it is all about!
Ole! Namaste!