Download the Little KW Flamenco Fest 2019 program here.
Other activities in close proximity to the festival:
"Flamenco in the forest"
Experience rhythm and the essence of flamenco in a natural setting. For children 6 – 12. An adult can accompany the child, if wished.
Will take place in Sugarbush park. We will meet outside Star Performance Academy, and walk to the woods together. The children will learn about the flamenco tree, and a bit about flamenco’s origins, as well as some fun flamenco songs and rhythms. All attending children will be given a pair of castanets! Preregistration only. Bring a mat, towel, or camping stool to sit on!
Flamenco for Health with Hugh Smiley
These workshops have been cancelled as not enough people registered by the deadline. If you were interested, please write us. Hopefully we can bring Hugh in soon!
Art- and music-therapy have been proven to be powerful approaches to health and healing. FLAMENCO is a unique and exquisite art-form providing a passionate and joyful vehicle for physical resiliency, strength, balance and flexibility, as well as emotional expression, creativity and mental sharpness.
The Aug. 1st ‘Flamenco for Health’ workshops at the KW FlamFest will introduce you to basic sounds and movements from this art-form in an easy and fun way, while providing you with tools for a sound, healthy and passionate YOU!
Hugh Smiley BA, ARCT, Certified Hakomi Therapist
An experienced psychotherapist and passionate student of flamenco singing and dance. Hugh is a bodyworker and created the Korason Method for Authentic Voice and the New AndaLuz Centre for Authentic Dialogue. He has taught these workshops offered at the Festival in Canada, the US, Central America and throughout Spain. www.hughsmiley.com
Introduction to flamenco clapping and dance
Get an introduction to Flamenco from Claudia & Julian!
Learn some clapping rhythms (palmas) and then either learn basic flamenco dance moves or practice your palmas to accompany the music.
Cajon and percussion clinic
Come take a cajon workshop with Ronaldo. No need to bring your own instrument, as they will provide theirs. You can also attend to learn about palmas and other flamenco percussion. Register by emailing Graham McRae from Long & McQuade at firstname.lastname@example.org, or upon arrival.
Flamenco dance workshop with Ronaldo
For dancers with some basic training in flamenco movements and language, learn something from a master dancer.
This workshop is aimed at those with some experience dancing flamenco. You need to be familiar with basic footwork techniques: planta, tacon and golpe, as well as have some experience with flamenco rhythms. If you have taken lessons with Claudia this past year, you will have the knowledge necessary to attend. Students from other schools are welcome as well! If you are unsure whether you are eligible, feel free to email us and ask! Preregistration only.
Flamenco dancer and percussionist, studied in Granada, Spain. Ronaldo has performed in tablaos and festivals as part of a dance company in Spain, as a soloist, and with an ensemble in Chicago.
A powerful presence in the KW music scene since 1999, Juneyt has received much recognition and has performed at numerous festivals and venues in Canada and around the world.
Claudia Aguirre — Vocals & Dance
Trained in Flamenco dance in Toronto and Spain, with a diverse musical education including a B.A and M.A. in dance.
Julian Berg — Flamenco Guitar
Began studying flamenco as a teenager, training in Spain and at Paco Peña’s conservatory flamenco program in the Netherlands.
CalúJules — Flamenco Plus offers classes in the full range of Flamenco arts, provides performances and collaborations, arranges visits from other Flamenco artists and is available for community and corporate special events and team-building.
Long & McQuade
Star Performance Academy
Bringing in an international artist is expensive. This little festival is a labour of love, and we have spent countless hours trying to secure sponsorship, negotiating with venues, writing grant applications, promoting the event, not to mention rehearsing for the show! If you wish to help us out, we have sponsorship tiers geared toward individuals and businesses of various scales. Anything helps, and we sincerely appreciate your help. You can read about our sponsorship tiers and the rewards in this document.