Flamenco Palos

With Juan Parrilla

Join us for more palos in 2023! We will continue our intensive study of the flamenco palos including Cantiñas, Fandangos, Soleares and more.  Learn to distinguish between each rhythm, identify a palo’s unique characteristics, and how to recognize letras (verses) of different styles.  Each month this virtual class will focus on a full musical analysis of one palo along with its history, structure and musicality.  A general knowledge of the flamenco palos is recommended.

*This class will be given in Spanish with English translation.  
**A recording will be available for 7 days after each live class.  

If you would like to participate in Flamenco Vivo programming and are in need of financial assistance, please email our Program Director, Leslie Roybal, at leslieroybal@flamenco-vivo.org for information on how to apply.

Classes take place on Sundays, 12:00 – 2:00 pm EST (2 hours)

January 8, 15, 22, 29 – Fandangos
February 5, 12, 19, 26 – Cantes de Levante & Mineros
March 5, 12, 19 – Cantiñas

April 16, 23, 30* – Soleares y Variants

*These classes will be from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST (2.5 hours) May 7, 14, 21 – Seguiriya & Variants

Drop-In: $25
Trimester 2: $250
Trimester 3: $160

About Juan Parrilla:

Juan Parilla, a native of Jerez, is a composer, performer and educator hailing from a family of renowned flamenco dancers, singers and musicians.  He began studying flute at the Conservatorio de Música in Jerez and later moved to Madrid to study under Andrés Carreres, a soloist with the National Orchestra of Spain.  His career has taken him to the world stages with artists such as Antonio Canales, María Juncal, Lola Greco, Manuela Carrasco, and Farruquito.  You can hear his original compositions in his album “Taxdirt” and on the albums of Ketama, Carmen Linares, Manolo Sanlucar and Jose Mercé.  He teaches at the Escuela Nueva Músicas, Centro de Flamenco y Danza El Lucero, coordinates the music department at the Centro Superior de Estudios del Flamenco and is the author of the educational book Método Flamenco Para Instrumentos Melódicos (The Flamenco Method for Melodic Instruments).  Juan most recently led a Flamenco Seminar for Melodic Instruments at the renowned International Festival, Cante de las Minas.

Translator: Dr. M. Gabriela Estrada

Dr. M. Gabriela Estrada is a multicultural dance artist, educator, choreographer, journalist, and filmmaker.  She holds a B.A. and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Flamenco Interdisciplinary Studies from the Department of Sociocultural Anthropology and Philology at the University of Seville, Spain. Dr. Estrada’s MFA and Ph.D. research, publications, and creative work analyze reciprocal influences between ballet and flamenco derived from interdisciplinary collaborations as exemplified in Ballets Russes’ Tricorne. Examples of her work include choreographic advocacy initiatives such as Not a Single Carmen More!, the documentary film ENI9MA: The Legend of Félix, the feature-length screenplay False Premises, and the book titled The Choreographic Development of The Three-Cornered Hat Through the 20th Century. Dr. Estrada is invested in collaborating with cultural institutions such as the Instituto Sonorense de Cultura in Mexico, and Ballet Hispánico and Flamenco Vivo in NYC. In Mexico, she was the founding director of Dance Collage School of Dance, and the first cohort of faculty at the Universidad de Sonora.  Dr. Estrada has also served as an instructor and faculty at colleges and universities, including East Carolina University, where she was Co-Chair of the Inclusion and Diversity Action Committee. Dr. Estrada serves NDEO as Advisory Board Director of Research, Sundance Collab as Community Leader, and is an active member of the Dance Studies Association, and women’s film associations such as NYWIFT and MCYTV.  This year Dr. Estrada will join the University of Houston as an Assistant Professor of Dance.