“If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.” – Isadora Duncan
Flamenco dancing is a thunderous, soulful, sometimes melancholy dance that originated in Andalusia, Southern Spain. Watching these dancers expose their emotion and passion through their strong and precise motions is not only beautiful, but extremely moving. Flamenco combines pride, strength, pain, and passion through aggressive but purposeful movements with the dancers’ feet.
Modern Flamenco dance is a fusion of Moorish, Andalusian, Egyptian, Roman, Indian and Spanish folk style dance that the gypsies brought with them while fleeing their homelands in the fifteenth century and developed over hundreds of years. The art of Flamenco has developed over time, but it has never lost its core Gitano “Gypsy” foundation. Gitano was the term for the gypsies that entered Andalusia from Egypt and loosely applied to the fellow travelers that included beggars, criminals and runaway slaves, among others. These groups chose to disappear by being absorbed by the Gypsy communities. The common thread that bound these misfits together was persecution, and the emotion of this can be seen in the song, dance and music of Flamenco. During the early nineteenth century, Flamenco dance became more accessible to the public through festivals and shows performed at performance theaters called cafe castanets, the first of which was opened in Seville in 1842.
“THE ART OF FLAMENCO” DINNER SHOW – EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT
Café Sevilla is home to the longest-running Flamenco Dinner show in Southern California. Every Saturday night, we offer a three-course dinner menu combined with a two-part Flamenco Dance performance. Our dancers are at the top of their field, having been trained in Spain and teaching their own Flamenco classes. These shows are a sensory indulgence of sight, sound, and taste, leaving our guests with a piece of truly Spanish culture. Marvel at the passion, beauty, and athleticism of this traditional art form as you enjoy an included dinner featuring our Shaved Jamón Serrano Ensalada Sevillana followed by our award-winning Paella Valenciana and Lemon Tart with Linguee Cherries for dessert. A tapas menu, full bar, eclectic wine list, and other menu upgrades are also available for à la carte purchase.
$69.50 per person (price does not include tax, 20% tip and 5% surcharge which will be added to check at end of the show). Call 562-495-1111 to purchase tickets or you can purchase tickets at the link below. This is a prepaid show. Shows include a three-course dinner and nightclub entry. Doors open at 6 PM and seating is assigned prior to arrival at communal style seating like they do in Spain. Dinner show starts promptly at 6:30 PM. Please note, we cannot permit children under 10 to attend the show. Location of show is held in theater space or tapas bar based on business needs.
Dinner Show Cancellation Policy
Tickets are non-refundable. However, tickets can be canceled up to 8 days prior to the show but will be subject to a $15 cancellation fee. Tickets can also be transferred to another date up to 8 days prior to the show. Tickets can also be transferred to another party at any time before the show. Please call the reservations office at 562-495-1111 for ticket cancellations, date transfers or party transfers.
FLAMENCO CALENDAR AND PERFORMERS
Saturday, January 7: Ann, Marco, Mercedes, Jason O, Devilla/Nova
Saturday, January 14: Ann, Marco, Helen P. Jaime P, Devilla, Nova
Saturday, January 21: Ann, Gerardo, Rina, Rosal, Devilla, Nova
Saturday, January 28: Ann, Bobby, Karina, Assieh, Devilla, Nova
Yvette "La Sole"
Yvette Garcia "La Sole" Award-winning Flamenco Dancer, Instructor & Choreographer, from Andalucia, Spain. She is the artistic director of an extremely highly regarded Flamenco performance company: La Sole Flamenco. La Sole Flamenco is the only dance company in the greater L.A., O.C & I.E. under the direction of a true professional & internationally recognized award winning dancer, instructor, choreographer and performer from Andalucia, Spain. Yvette was a lecturer at the dance Dept. of the Cal Poly University and dance studio owner of International Arts Academy in Covina, then moved back to Spain and now recently returned in 2009 to teach and perform in Southern California.
Lakshmi Basile "La Chimi"
Lakshmi Basile began performing at the age of six with her parents’ band “The Electrocarpathians”. She studied dance at a young age and grew up in the flamenco community of San Diego, where her passionate artistic character began to form. After performing as a flamenco dancer in California and studying classical dance at the University of California Santa Barbara, Lakshmi travelled to Spain at the age of 20 to complete her flamenco studies. She was nicknamed La Chimi, which is simply her own name repronounced. In recent years, Lakshmi Basile “La Chimi” became one of the first and only foreign artists in Spain to win a highly regarded national prize in, Concurso de las Minas de La Unión, 2011. Lakshmi Basile has found her substantial artistic career as a flamenco dancer, because that is what she is in her soul and heart. “Su baile es de una alegría conquistada” (Her dance is one of conquered joy) – Félix Grande, poet and flamencologist. “La única cosa americana que tiene es su pasaporte”, (The only American thing she has is her passport) – Ángel Ojeda, former Minister of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía.
Gerardo Morales is guitarist, percussionist, composer and recording artist from East Los Angeles who began playing guitar and percussion at 12 years old. He has traveled the world as a professional musician, including performing alongside such artists as Black Eyed Peas, Cristina Aguilera, Ozomatli, Kanye West, and with Nino and Isaac de los Reyes. In addition to studying Classical Guitar at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Cristóbal de Morales in Sevilla, Spain, he also studied privately with Kenton Youngstrom of the Colburn School of Music, and highly regarded Spanish Flamenco guitarists El Entri, Kilino Jimenez, and Jesus de Rosario. Beyond Flamenco guitar, he has released two contemporary collaborative albums - Dreaming Awake (Morales.Lara), and Burning Star (Burning Star, artist collective). As part of Burning Star, Gerardo Morales has performed with many popular artists like Linkin Park, Blackalicious, Jurassic 5, Slum Village, Rakim, Raekwon, Cypress Hill, System of a Down, Saul Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, Mos Def, KRS One and numerous other worthy acts. He is an essential member of LA’s Subsuelo, and under his direction produces Flamenco, Latin, Hip Hop, R&B, and Pop shows throughout the country. Gerardo Morales has worked on films including Toy Story 3, Little Fockers, and Think Like a Man.
Paz Angélica Vásquez
Paz Angélica Gutiérrez de Vázquez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and began her studies in classical Spanish and Flamenco dance there at Las Cabales dance academy at the age of ten. She earned her title, Ejecutante de Danza Española, from Las Cabales and has been a professional Spanish and Flamenco dancer since the age of sixteen. She furthered her studies in Madrid at the Centro de Arte Flamenco y Danza Española “Amor de Dios” where she studied Classical Spanish dance with María Magdalena, Paco Romero, and Azorín, and Flamenco dance with Domingo Ortega, Joselillo Romero, Belén Fernández, Antonio Reyes, Ciro, Belén Maya, Alejandro Granados, Lola Greco, Manuel Reyes, Juana Amaya, “La chimi,” Yolanda Heredia, and “La Tati.” Angélica performed with the Compañía Nacional de Danza Las Cabales throughout Guadalajara and Mexico, and formed part of the group “Almoraima,” that was active in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico from 1994 to 1999. The group “Almoraima” performed throughout Mexico (Guadalajara, Celaya, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz) and briefly in Costa Rica. She currently choreographs for the Paso de Oro Dance Company, and teaches Classical Spanish and Flamenco dance at Studio Danza in Uptown Whittier, and the Academy of International Dance in Santa Ana.
Ana Quintero comes from a family of musicians and has been singing all her life. She began studying flamenco in 1993, and has been performing professionally for over twenty years with many recognized flamenco dancers.
Ryan Rockmore is a Los Angeles-based queer flamenco performer, dance researcher, and first-year doctoral student in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. His scholarly work addresses percussive dance and sonic corporealities, while his research-based, artistic practice focuses on queerness and gender in flamenco dance. Rockmore has studied with revered traditional and contemporary flamenco artists and performed throughout the United States, Spain, and London. He has previously conducted ethnographic research and developed his artistic practice as a Fulbright grantee, Jerome Foundation grantee, and inaugural artist-in-residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. He has also concentrated on issues of advocacy, equity, justice, and education as a member of Dance/NYC's Junior Committee; an inaugural participant in NYSAIS’s Justice, Equity, and Diversity Institute; and as a Spanish teacher and diversity practitioner in New York City private schools. As co-artistic director of Al Margen Flamenco, a New York-based contemporary flamenco company that deconstructs traditional boundaries in the form, he has co-created four full-length works as company-in-residence at Teatro Círculo with his artistic partner, Mary Baird. In his free time, Ryan loves traveling, cooking/baking, and binging YouTube videos.
Reyes Barrios has been a flamenco singer and teacher/artist in San Diego for over 20 years. Her passion for dancing Flamenco began at the age of 4 or 5. Living in the heart of Flamenco, Sevilla Spain, she was inspired by the singing and the footwork throughout the streets. She began to study Flamenco dance and music and traveled to Spain to continue to learn and studied with great teachers. In addition to being a dancer and choreographer, Reyes is also a sought out singer. Her knowledge of the “cante” as it relates to flamenco dance makes me a multi-talented artist.
Belly Dancing Performer and Coach Nikkal Feyrouz has been dancing for the better part of a two decades creating an exciting atmosphere of charismatic passion and playful interpretation of music. Her styles range from Folkloric, Cabaret, and Egyptian to Taksims, Lebanese, Turkish Kashlimar and American Tribal. Nikkal personalized lessons and instruction to students online and in person.
Aithne has been dancing since age nine and has been studying the art of belly dancing for over 7 years. She began peforming with Nikkal Feyrouz of The Dancing Belly in 2010.
Flamenco singer, rhythm guitarist, percussionist Bruno Serrano has received accolades from both party-goers and professional groups alike.
Erika Lopez began dancing Flamenco and Spanish classical dance at the age of eight. Her passion for the art led to make it a lifeloong pursuit, studying and performing with professional dance companies in San Diego, San Francisco and Boston. In 1997 she moved to Seville, Spain to study under master teacher Juan de Triana. She's had the opportunity to study with many dance greats over the years, including Maria Pages, Domingo Ortega, Antonio Vargas and Maria Benitez. Most recently, Erika was a featured dancer in the San Diego Opera's productions of La Traviata and Don Quixote. She is a performer, teacher and choreographer for Ole Flamenco dance troupe and performs regularly in venues around Southern California.
Elegance, grace and beautifully executed Middle Eastern Dance with a glamorous and theatrical flare are the benchmarks of this L.A. based dance artist. DeVilla, a nationally known performer, has trained dancers across the United States in both theatrical Make Up and dance. She performs as a soloist and with her professional dance company, Sekhmet Dance Company, for whom she functions as the Artistic Director. Equally at home onstage and behind the scenes, DeVilla packs a double punch by seamlessly integrating her two full time careers—professional make-up artist and professional dancer. DeVilla holds a Peabody award and an Emmy nomination for her work in Television and film. You have most recently seen her work on the TV hit "HOLLYWOOD". DeVilla is happy to share her years of Makeup knowledge, dance artistry and fitness skills with you to enable you to bring your best dance self to the stage.
M & M
May & Michelle have studied belly dance for over a decade. Their passion for the art of Raqs Sharqi(Egyptian-style dance) is evident every time when they cross the stage with a beaming stage presence and lavish costumes. Their dance background includes Chinese traditional dance, jazz, ballet and ballroom dancing. They are current member of Shabana belly dace company and multi-award winning dance competitors! M & M both perform as a troupe and as soloists.
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