Just like the great Mercedes Sosa sings, “Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto,” (Thank you, life, for giving me so much,) I have many things to be thankful for: my husband, my kids, my family, my health, my business and especially this amazing picture of my daughter, Maia, and I on stage together when she was 5.
But today I am thankful for FLAMENCO because it has given me so much.
My purpose is empowerment and personal expression for myself and my students. Performing is an avenue for my own expression, but I thrive in the dance studio and online teaching my students. Seeing them inspired and progressing and becoming self actualized as dancers gives me so much joy. It also keeps me focused and reaffirms my purpose of sharing my love of flamenco with others.
Seeing the giants in flamenco dance (some of my favorites here and here) always leaves me inspired to continue my own journey of self expression through this art form. I am grateful that it has such an international impact and that the Spanish flamenco community embraces us as well.
There’s nothing like pounding out an escobilla or dancing full out for a whole dance to work out all the stress within. After teaching two classes or performing, I am like a calm puddle.
Flamenco is all about community and I’m grateful for each one of you for being part of my life. But, especially I am grateful to all my flamencas in class who make me laugh, laugh, laugh.
Even though flamenco can be taxing on the body, I am stronger now than I was in my 20’s. It also keeps me youthful since it’s a dance form that evolves with you as you age. There are so many “mature” flamenco dancers that gain more aire as they age and can still keep up with the chops. Read more about them here.
I leave you with a recording with the amazing Mercedes Sosa singing “Gracias a la vida.” I cry like a baby every time I hear it! Also one of my favorite video clips of 2018 of Manuel Liñán showing me yet again how fun and silly flamenco can be. And finally, a video of a kick butt Japanese singer, which shows that us flamencos that are not from Spain can still express our almas flamencas!
What has flamenco given you? I would love to know so please tell me in comments section.