I regret having to dance flamenco to canned music from time to time.  Most flamenco dancers I know will argue that this isn’t “real” flamenco. If you have any interest in reading arguments about what is real, and what is puro flamenco, and what is contemporary, and where’s the line, and who is good and who is not and blah blah blah then go ahead and google it because I will go cross-eyed with boredom if I start writing about it here.

I will say that I prefer live music like anyone else, but am not always graced with the presence of it at all of my performances. At this particular performance, however, I was graced with a really lovely audience and enjoyed every judgment free minute of it.


About Holly Shaw

Holly Shaw is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer and choreographer who has performed as a soloist with Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos off and on for several years. Shaw is the creator of the Eve’s Elixir project, a platform for artists of contemporary world dance wanting to bring new ideas to traditional dance forms, and has produced several shows in San Francisco. Her flow between contemporary modern dance, flamenco and Middle-eastern styles makes her a unique choreographer. Shaw has spent years training Bay Area dancers in technique and improvisation, challenging them to dance from a deeper level and uncover their unique style.

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