Arts Flamenco is the go-to source of flamenco instruction and culture in NYC. One of its greatest contributions to the NYC dance community - since 2003 - is presenting weekly performances every Saturday evening at 8:30 P.M and 10:45 P.M. at Alegrias La National in Union Square.
The event is the epitome of a unique New York experience; you enter from the hustle and bustle of 14th Street and are transported to a tablao flamenco setting as if suddenly in Spain. The performance is intimate and casual in nature, with audience members enjoying the music and movement over their sangria and tapas. Each Alegrais performance is different, regularly presenting new artists and shows. The cover at the door is $20, but calling ahead (917-667-2695) to make a reservation is highly recommended.
The most recent Alegrias performance on February 2nd, was the first in the "Celebrating the month of Amor" performances, dubbed "A Night in Andalucia." Jorge Navarro, co-founder of Arts Flamenco along with his wife Soonah Navarro in 1997, was also highlighted as a Bailaor, or male dancer. His exquisite mastery of the intricate and wonderfully rhythmic footwork, held the audience's undivided attention, watching in awe.
Navarro comments, "The dancers and musicians put it all out there on the stage in this quaint setting - a lot of heart and soul. With each performance the full repertoire of flamenco vocabulary can be seen in unlimited variety."
Joining Navarro on stage was Bailaora (female dancer), Auxi Fernandez, the Cantaora (singer) Barbara Martinez, Percussionist Nacho Arimany, and Guitarrista Pedro Cortes. Fernandez was particularly stunning, a dancer to be reckoned with, as her committed delivery of each movement and corresponding, dramatically intense facial expressions make you want to see more and more.
Head to Alegrias this Saturday to check out the scene for yourself!