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Xianix Barrera


Flamenco Dancer. Teacher. Choreographer.

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Xianix Barrera


Flamenco Dancer. Teacher. Choreographer.

BIOGRAPHY

Xianix Barrera, a native New Yorker, began her artistic studies in ballet, modern, jazz, and percussion. Since discovering flamenco, she has trained in New York and Spain under the guidance of distinguished flamenco masters including Concha Vargas, Carmen Ledesma, Andres Peña, Raquel Heredia, and La Lupi. Xianix has shared the stage with artists such as Isabel Bayón, Raquel Heredia "La Repompilla", Rosario Toledo, Soledad Barrio, and Juan Ogalla in prominent venues including the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, 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 produces flamenco performances and workshops that highlight bold and tenacious female artists and their unapologetically robust femininity. Queer themes, female empowerment, sexual identity and social justice color her choreographic work. Her most recent production, “Mujeres (Women)”, featured a rare all-female flamenco cast, featuring revered guitarist Antonia Jiménez. Xianix was one of eight choreographers chosen for the Emerging Choreographer Series at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center produced by Mare Nostrum Elements. She was an Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, is a SU-CASA community arts engagement grantee and a scholarship recipient for the Cultural Traditions Flamenco Program at the School of Jacob’s Pillow.

In addition to being an accomplished performer, Xianix is a highly sought-after teacher giving master flamenco 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.

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Performances


Performances


PERFORMANCES

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Classes


Classes


FLAMENCO DANCE CLASSES

NEW 5-WEEK SUMMER INTENSIVE

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VIEW OF SCHEDULE BY LEVEL

INTRO TO FLAMENCO - Level I (1x week)
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm

BEGINNER - Level II (2x week)
Sundays 1:00 - 2:00pm

& Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30pm

ADVANCED BEGINNER - Level III (2x week)
Sundays 12:00 - 1:00pm

& Thursdays 7:30 - 8:30pm

ADV BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE - Level IV (2x week)
Sundays 10:00 - 11:00am

& Thursdays 6:00 - 7:00pm

FLAMENCO PROPS - Open Level (1x week)
Sundays 11:00 - 12:00pm

PALMAS - Open Level (1x week)
Thursdays 7:00 - 7:30pm


VIEW OF SCHEDULE BY DAY OF THE WEEK

SUNDAYS
10:00-11:00am  -  Adv Beginner / Intermediate

11:00-12:00pm  -  Flamenco Props Open Level

12:00-1:00pm   -  Advanced Beginner

1:00 - 2:00pm   -  Beginner

WEDNESDAYS
5:30-6:30pm  -  NEW Intro to Flamenco

6:30-7:30pm  -  Beginner

THURSDAYS
6:00 - 7:00pm  -  Adv Beginner / Intermediate

7:00 - 7:30pm  -  Palmas Open Level

7:30 - 8:30pm -  Advanced Beginner


LOCATION
Center for Flamenco Arts
4 West 43rd Street - 8th Fl, NYC


PRICING

*Classes can be purchased with cash, check, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle (prizmaticx@yahoo.com).

*Class Packs are for the summer intensive ONLY and must be used by July 28th, 2019.

*Non-refundable and non-transferable.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • HOW OFTEN SHOULD I ATTEND CLASS? The classes are structured in such a way that the student gets the most out of their experience and are able to progress at a faster rate if they attend twice a week. Life often gets in the way and students can only attend once a week. That is fine. Ideally twice a week is the way to go as your muscle memory and mental memory is developed simultaneously. You develop retention, stamina, and consistency.

  • ATTIRE FOR CLASS? Form fitting clothes such as tank tops, leotards, tights, and track pants with a skirt or vest. Loose fitting clothes make proper body placement, lines and form difficult to see.

  • SHOES? Flamenco shoes are an investment for all. Only purchase shoes if you're committed to classes. See BELOW for places to purchase. For your first few classes you can wear closed-toe shoes such as dress shoes or boots with sturdy heels, or character shoes. Stiletto shoes and sneakers are NO GOOD. Call or email for assistance.

  • HOW DO I KNOW WHAT LEVEL I AM? There are class descriptions listed below for you to assess which level is best suited for you. If you're still unsure please call or email me. You are welcome to observe the class before you take it but I always encourage students to take the class rather than watch to get a proper feel for the class.

  • DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE/SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS? I offer private and semi-private lessons to cater to your particular needs, whether it is to mount a choreography, work out kinks in a choreography you already have, a couples wedding dance, a competition, mommy-and-me, etc.

  • RECITALS? Students are encouraged to participate in the annual showcase that happens in June. A smaller more informal showcase is presented in December for our holiday party. Students showcase what they've been working on throughout the semester, dress up in traditional flamenco attire, and strut their stuff while enjoying libations and tapas from Spain.

  • CAN I ATTEND CLASS EVERY NOW AND THEN OR JUST TO GET A WORKOUT? No. If you start flamenco classes with that idea in mind, flamenco classes are not a good fit for you. Flamenco is one of the most complicated dance forms to study. It will be a year or two before you start breaking a sweat in class or like what you see in the mirror. The initial classes are awkward, frustrating and slow. You have to be patient with yourself as it is more of a mental challenge than a physical one. For this reason, it is not advisable to drop in whenever you feel like it because it is not the type of dance form that you can quickly “pick up”. It requires a steadfast dedication and commitment to not only attend class consistently but to make time to practice and review on your own. You will get out of these classes what you put into it. If you come once a week and don’t practice/review you will be lost and hence frustrated. We have created a wonderful community of students and artists that are supportive and encouraging of one another in this difficult yet rewarding journey of flamenco. We have great fun learning, laughing, and enjoying ourselves.

  • DO YOU HAVE VIDEOS I CAN USE TO PRACTICE? Yes! I have a private Facebook group where I and other students post videos of the material covered in class so that you can practice and review on your own. We also have a WhatsApp group for those who prefer that platform.


FLAMENCO STORES


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

INTRODUCTION TO FLAMENCO - Level I

For those who have never taken a flamenco class before, need a refresher, or have little to no dance experience, INTRODUCTION TO FLAMENCO - Level I 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. Students are encouraged to practice on their own IN ADDITION to the class in order to move along in your training and progression. This summer course will focus solely on technique. We will work on new choreography in the fall.


BEGINNER - Level II

Beginner - Level II is a continuation of the Intro to Flamenco level but at a faster pace and with further complexity. We will review the basic elements by further developing your foundation in the 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. This is a harder class than the Intro level BUT is highly recommend for those who wish to take their training to the next level. Students are encouraged to practice on their own IN ADDITION to the class in order to move along in your training and progression. This summer course will focus solely on technique. We will work on new choreography in the fall.


ADVANCED BEGINNER - Level III

Advanced Beginner - Level III is geared toward students who have experience studying flamenco for at least one to two years.. We will review the elements and techniques that were covered in the Intro to Flamenco and Beginner level but now at a faster pace and with even more complexity. Your foundation in flamenco technique will be reviewed and further developed and pushed. Students are encouraged to practice on their own IN ADDITION to the class in order to move along in your training and progression. This summer course will focus solely on technique. We will work on new choreography in the fall.


ADVANCED BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE - Level IV

Advanced Beginner / Intermediate - Level IV is geared toward the more experienced student who has studied flamenco for at least two to three years. You will need to have a basic understanding of its rhythms, compas, 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 and patterns are explored in this level. Students are encouraged to practice on their own IN ADDITION to the class in order to move along in your training and progression. This summer course will focus solely on technique. We will work on new choreography in the fall.


FLAMENCO PROPS - Open Level

FLAMENCO PROPS - Open Level is a NEW class we will have this summer that covers a basic overview of several traditional props used in flamenco including: Abanico (fan), Mantón (shawl), Bastón (cane) and Castañuelas (castanets). NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! This is also a great class for those who do not wish to take a dance class due to injury or limited ability. Please come with your own props. If you do not have one, you can rent them from me. Please check the student calendar to see which prop will be covered that day.


PALMAS - Open Level

PALMAS - Open Level is a NEW class we will have this summer that covers a basic overview of the proper way to do palmas within flamenco. We will work on our rhythm, the proper way to do palmas to accompany the cante, toque and baile for the various types of palos (rhythms), including how to do counter-time. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! This class is a MUST for students who are taking ANY dance class, because without rhythm YOU CAN NOT DANCE! This is also a great class for those who do not wish to take a dance class due to injury or limited ability.


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.


KIDS FLAMENCO + FLAMENCO FOR SENIORS

These specialized classes for children or seniors are catered to those with little to no experience with flamenco dance. Experienced dancers in other genres are welcome. They 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. They are required to have proper dance attire and shoes for the class. Call or email for rates.


STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

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I love your approach — starting slow, focusing on the bones of the design and then later the style and embellishment....You have a great and beautiful soul and a playful spirit. In Buddhism, there is the belief that when a person evolves through many lifetimes into a state of enlightenment — a bodhisattva- that soul returns to earth to teach others. You are my bodhisattva por bulerias.
— Constanza Baiocco
I find the classroom experience to be both insightful and challenging. As an instructor Xianix is very caring, positive, and encouraging. Xianix goes out of her way to make the class feel comfortable. She pushes you to do well and to genuinely believe that you can do anything. You’ll also find that she has a great sense of humor. At first, I thought I was dyslexic: flamenco is not necessarily a piece of cake, especially if you have no professional dance experience like me, but I soon realized that all I needed was practice and encouragement.
— Emmanuel Igancio
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Gallery


Gallery


PHOTO GALLERY

VIDEO GALLERY

Xianix Barrera & Sabor Flamenco at Iona College

Performance for Hispanic Heritage Month

World Cafe Live with Pasion Y Arte in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Xianix Barrera por Alegrias, Washington Heights, NY

Xianix Barrera performs in Sevilla, Spain

Dancers: Xianix Barrera Kimie Nishizawa Sabrina Hayeem-Ladani Musicians: Alfonso Cid Jed Miley Jose Moreno Isabel del Dia

Xianix Barrera & Sabor Flamenco Promo Video

It's time for a Flamenco break with Xianix Barrera! #keepdancing

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Booking


Booking


XIANIX BARRERA FLAMENCO

Founded in 2012 in New York, Xianix Barrera Flamenco produces collaborative flamenco performances and events with other artists on a global scale, with a strong focus on flamenco education and local community outreach through workshops and cultural engagements. Xianix passionately believes in flamenco’s power as a community art form, one in which expression integrates all who participate in it regardless of background and experience. Xianix Barrera Flamenco aims to showcase flamenco’s attributes as an intimate community art form, where it is not just a momentary physical experience, but also one that you can take with you for life. Where the collaboration between dancers and musicians are as important as the relationship and interaction with the audience. The company had its widely successful debut in 2012 with Sabor Flamenco. Their latest production, FLAMENCONA, debuted in Spanish Harlem earlier this month and featured special collaborations with Spanish artists including Raquel Heredia “La Repompa” from Malaga.

PERFORMANCES

Xianix Barrera Flamenco provides authentic and traditional flamenco performances of music and dance from southern Spain. Audiences will be clapping along to the strums of the guitar, be enchanted by the colorful costumes and rhythmic foot stomping of the dancers and find themselves under the spell of the singers transcending song by bringing Spain directly to you.

ARTS-IN-EDUCATION

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. 

Dance & rhythm WORKSHOPS

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.

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Press


Press


“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 Yorkby Susan Hartman, New York Times

 

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Contact


Contact


CONTACT US

PHONE: 646.283.1873

EMAIL: Xianix@Xianix.com

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