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For the past few weeks, I’ve been working with the widely known Bay Area flamenco dancer (formerly of L.A.) Clare Rodriguez.  What riches! An incredible mover and energetic dancer she is also just really open to new ideas and pushing the movement sphere of flamenco.  Committed to traditional flamenco since she was a teen Clare is really dedicated and knowledgeable about flamenco (she also sings flamenco cante, which is something many of the more seasoned dancers learn to do because it enhances their ability to dance to the flamenco letras, or verses).  So I was thrilled when she said she was interested in working with me in order to expand her vocabulary to more modern and contemporary movement.  What has resulted is a weekly workshop and exchange of ideas.

Here I have posted two videos from our workshops – filmed a week apart.  I thought it might be interesting to see the development of one simple idea into a greater piece.   This will be developing even further in the coming weeks. Clare is gracious enough to allow me to post these videos even though the material is obviously unrehearsed and rather raw.

A week ago:

And then today:

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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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