Xianix Barrera, a native New Yorker born to Puerto Rican and Dominican parents, had her first exposure to music and dance at an early age with studies in ballet, modern, jazz and percussion. Xianix began flamenco studies in New York and deepened her in Spain with distinguished masters including Andres Peña, Concha Vargas, Carmen Ledesma and Raquel Heredia among others. She has worked and performed with such prominent artists as Isabel Bayón, Ángel Muñoz, Soledad Barrio and Juan Ogalla and has taught master flamenco workshops for the Joyce Theater and New York City Center, respectively. She is a recipient of a coveted scholarship to attend Jacob Pillow's Cultural Traditions Flamenco program led by Noche Flamenca. In 2012, Xianix Barrera Flamenco Co debuted to their sold-out production, Sabor Flamenco, in Spanish Harlem. Xianix has been touring internationally with Noche Flamenca since 2013 with their wildly successful production of Antigona, a flamenco adaptation of the Sophoclean tragedy. Most recently she performed in Sevilla, Abu Dhabi and Copenhagen alongside flamenco legend Jose Suarez “El Torombo”. She currently teaches flamenco dance to adults and children as a teaching artist for New York City Center, Ballet Hispanico and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in New York.
Crescent Ballroom , 308 North 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona
The word /SER/ in Spanish means /TO BE/. /SER/ is a flamenco project that will examine what it means to be a queer, LatinX flamenca, practicing a traditional gitano (gypsy) form of dance. /SER/ will explore the politics of what it means to be a flamenco artists in the U.S.
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5:30-6:30pm - Intro to Flamenco
6:30 - 7:30pm - Beginner
6:30-7:30pm - Advanced Beginner
10:00 - 11:00am - Adv. Beginner
11:00 - 12:00pm - Beginner
12:00 - 1:00pm - Intro to Flamenco
$25/drop-in $120 / 5 class pack $230 / 10 class pack $440 / 20 class pack
*Class cards expire June 14th
*Gift certificates available
INTRO TO FLAMENCO
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm
4 West 43rd Street, 8th floor
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.
4 West 43rd Street, 8th floor
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.
62 East 4th Street, lower level
4 West 43rd Street, 8th floor
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.
Available for private, semi-private and group lessons
Flamenco classes are available for children as young as 4 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.
PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS FOR ALL 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 & Sabor 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. SABOR FLAMENCO 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? Sabor 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