Flamenco Dancer. Educator. Choreographer.
Flamenco Dancer. Educator. Choreographer.
Xianix Barrera, a native New Yorker born to Puerto Rican and Dominican parents in Washington Heights, had her first exposure to music and dance at a young age in ballet, modern, jazz, and percussion. Xianix began flamenco studies in New York and deepened her training in Madrid and Sevilla with distinguished masters of baile, cante and toque from contemporary artists to the purest gypsy families. Xianix performs nationally and internationally with various flamenco companies including Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Flamenco Por La Vida and Pasión y Arte sharing the stage with artists such as Isabel Bayón, Raquel Heredia, Rosario Toledo, Soledad Barrio, and Juan Ogalla. She has performed at such prominent venues as the Joyce Theater in New York, Tablao El Duende in Copenhagen, the Red Theater in Abu Dhabi, and Cafe Silverio in Sevilla.
In 2012, she founded Xianix Barrera Flamenco Company, which had its sold-out debut in Spanish Harlem with the production of ‘Sabor Flamenco’. XBF produces traditional yet innovative flamenco performances with artists from the U.S. and Spain, highlighting bold and tenacious female artists in their unapologetically robust femininity within flamenco. In 2018, Xianix received the SU-CASA community arts engagement grant, a program for senior citizens funded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She was an Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana exploring the intersectionalities of flamenco in regards to gender and sexual identity (2017) and a recipient of a coveted scholarship to attend the Cultural Traditions Flamenco Program at the School of Jacob’s Pillow (2008).
In addition to being an accomplished performer, Xianix is a highly sought-after teacher giving flamenco master workshops for the Joyce Theater and New York City Center during its annual Flamenco Festival. She currently teaches flamenco dance to adults, children and seniors in New York City.
Flamenco for Seniors (Free)
10:00-11:00am S.T.A.R. Senior Center
5:30-7:00pm Center for Flamenco Arts
SATURDAYS - Center for Flamenco Arts
12:00-12:45pm Baby Flamenco (3-5 yrs)
12:45 - 1:30pm Kids Flamenco (6+ yrs)
SUNDAYS - Center for Flamenco Arts
10:00-11:30am Advanced Beginner
12:30-1:00pm Sevillanas (all levels)
1:00 - 2:00pm Introduction to Flamenco
Introduction to Flamenco & Beginner (1 hour)
Advanced Beginner (1.5 hours)
Sevillanas (30 minutes)
Baby Flamenco & Kids Flamenco (45 minutes)
*Classes can be purchased with cash, check, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle. Class Packs MUST be used by December 21st, 2018. Class packs are non-transferable and cannot be used for the Spring, 2019 session.
INTRO TO FLAMENCO
For those who have never taken a flamenco class before, need a refresher, or have little to no dance experience, Intro to Flamenco is the class for you. This class is an introduction to flamenco's basic elements by developing a solid foundation in its various techniques: floreo (hand movements), braceo (arm movements), zapateado (footwork), marcajes (marking steps), compas y palmas (rhythms and hand-clapping), giros (turns) and proper placement of the body.
The Beginner level is geared toward students who have studied flamenco for about a year OR those who are able to easily pickup material in class. We will review the elements and techniques that were covered in the Intro to Flamenco level but at a faster pace. Your foundation in flamenco technique will be reviewed and further developed/pushed for floreo (hand movements), braceo (arm movements), zapateado (footwork), marcajes (marking steps), compas y palmas (rhythms and hand-clapping), giros (turns) and proper placement of the body. If you're unsure as to which level you should be in, please call or email for assitance.
Advanced Beginner is geared toward the more experienced student who has studied for at least two years. You will need to have a basic understanding of its rhythms, vocabulary and techniques. We dive deeper into all elements and further develop your technique and musical ear while implementing its style and characteristics while staying true to your personality. More complicated rhythms, concepts and choreography are explored in this level.
Flamenco classes are available for children as young as 3 years old to teens with little to no experience with flamenco dance. Experienced dancers in other genres are welcome to join. Children will obtain an in-depth experience of the Spanish art form and learn its history, culture, geography and vocabulary. Students will be exposed to flamenco’s basic dance concepts, learn choreography, be involved in the creative process. Children are required to have proper dance attire and shoes for the class. Call or email for rates.
Intermediate/Advanced is geared toward the experienced student who has studied for a minimum of 3-4 years. The first 45 minutes of class will focus on bootcampe technique drills for arms, turns and footwork. The second half of class will focus on mastering the bata de cola, mantón and palmas.
PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS FOR ALL LEVELS & OCCASIONS
Private and semi-private lessons are available for varying needs and occasions. Offering classes for a wedding dance, competition prep, special performances, birthdays and parties, corporate events and more! CALL OR EMAIL FOR RATES.
Xianix Barrera Flamenco offers authentic flamenco performances to fit your specific needs. You can customize the number of artists, lengths and number of performances and themes for a one-of-a-kind experience. Audiences will be clapping along to guitar strings and rhythmic foot stomping and find themselves under the spell of the singers transcending song by bringing Spain directly to you. XBF will provide you with a mesmerizing performance that will make any special event a truly memorable one.
Would you like to teach your students about Spain and/or the origins of flamenco? Would you like your students to experience a flamenco dance class? Xianix Barrera Flamenco provides lecture-demonstrations and/or master dance classes for language, music, dance, history, and/or general classes at your school. These programs provide an interactive experience for your class with demonstrations of flamenco song, guitar and dance, history of Flamenco and culminating with student participation. School residencies with a final presentation is also available.
Looking to add an exciting Flamenco class to your school, studio, or gym? Xianix Barrera has years of experience with instruction of flamenco dance and rhythms for adults, children, and seniors. We provide specialized workshops to fit all ages, interests, fitness and dance levels.
“Xianix Barrera is strong and feminine, and showcases the smaller flourishes and attributes of the Flamenco form. Her style exemplifies sweetness, power and poise." - Jamuna Chiarini, Artslandia Magazine
"...I enjoyed Xianix Barrera, who injected a healthy dose of teasing sensuality.” - Marina Harss, Dance Tabs
"...Xianix Barrera, had a striking presence...she was extremely refined in her movement, her head remaining absolutely still as her body kept moving. Her gaze into the audience was impactful, while her movements in her arms, torso and feet were subtle. Her fingers held as through they had a constant breeze moving through them. Her hand movements, gestures and fingers became the focal point of attention..." - Gina Palumbo, Philadelphia Dance
"Flamenco artist, Xianix Barrera, a picture of sensuous hour-glass richness, transfixed many pairs of eyes with fiery grace and sinuous body movement. Draped in a magnificent, embroidered peacock blue silk shawl with shimmering bone fringes, Barrera skillfully flung, wrapped and unwrapped herself as she wended through an entrancing solo." - Ashabi Rich, The Dance Journal
“Xianix Barrera in a Solea por Buleria...This lady can literally rock the house. Before she discovered flamenco, this talented dancer was a percussionist. That skill was apparent in her deep understanding of rhythms and reflected in her mastery of compás. She is a remarkable artist ... she deserves to be recognized for the fierce diva she is." - Maya de Silva, Flamenco Buzz
"A Renowned Dance Couple Keeps Flamenco’s Flame Burning in New York" by Susan Hartman, New York Times