Happy New Year! We have made it to 2023. I hope you have found ways to stay positive, safe, and healthy through these challenging times.
For the past two and a half years, I have kept myself going by studying intensely, daily, with my own teachers in Spain – cante, baile, theory, history, and rhythm. I have a lot to share with you when we finally meet again.
A note to update you on my flamenco classes.
With things finally opening up last year, I was hoping to re-enter the world of classes this Fall but it just wasn’t the right time for me yet. I have been recovering from a very persistent shoulder injury for well over a year now and have really needed the time to heal from it and the stress of the past 2 years.
I can’t believe it has been 3 years since our last semester of classes in Spring of 2020! I’m not sure how I will be moving forward and it does feel a little like starting all over again.
Some of you have been asking about classes and I have begun giving some private and semi-private classes on weekdays during the day. For the moment that is all I am currently available for. If you are interested please contact me for details. I am hoping to get a regular beginner class going in the next few months. Timing will depend on where and when I’m able to find studio.
Intermediate and Advanced students – I did host a student social to reconnect last June with a very small response from students. If you are interested in getting back to classes, now is the time to let me know.
2022 brought many challenges and changes but also some much needed relief as things opened up again.
Many of you know that my other job is as a private piano teacher. After 2 years of intense online piano, I was finally able to start holding my lessons in person again last April.
Even though we knew almost immediately that the Edmonton Flamenco Festival could not survive after the losses from 2020, it took more than 2 years to settle everything. The chaos the world was in also made for a lot of chaos in that process, with a lot of delays, obstacles, and challenges. We were finally finished and able to close everything off last July with just a final tax year to deal with this Spring. In March we released a stunning video montage of the final 2019 festival as we announced the end. If you would like to revisit the festival and all it’s amazing history, please do visit the website – www.edmontonflamencofestival.com
Finally, my email delivery provider went out of business in late 2021 and I am now using Sendinblue to manage messaging. Mass emailing is not a perfect system and some email addresses will just automatically block my newsletter without you even knowing. If you haven’t heard from me in a while, I encourage you to check this website regularly for updated information. You can also follow me on social media:
May this year find you well and bring all good things.
(photo credit Marni Benavides) Image – students rehearsing for the 2019 Flamenco Society of Edmonton Community Show