Xianix Barrera had her first exposure to dance and music as a child with studies in ballet, modern, jazz and drumming. Xianix began her formal studies in flamenco in New York with Jorge Navarro, Nélida Tirado and Soledad Barrio. In Sevilla, Spain she deepened her training with distinguished masters including Andres Peña, Concha Vargas, Alicia Marquez, Patricia Guerrero and Carmen Ledesma among others. She is a recipient of a coveted scholarship to attend Jacob Pillow's Cultural Traditions program led by Noche Flamenca. She has worked and performed with such prominent artists as Isabel Bayon, Ángel Muñoz, Soledad Barrio and Juan Ogalla and has taught master flamenco workshops for the Joyce Theater and New York City Center, respectively. In 2011, she founded her own dance company, Sabor Flamenco, which premiered to a sold out audience at the Poet's Den Theater in Spanish Harlem. Since 2013, Xianix has been touring with Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca with their wildly successful production of Antigona, a flamenco adaptation of the Sophoclean tragedy. Most recently she performed in Sevilla, Spain and Denmark alongside flamenco legend Jose Suarez “El Torombo”. She currently teaches flamenco dance to adults and children as a teaching artist for Ballet Hispanico, New York City Center and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in New York.
Friday, November 18th - 8pm
Pasión y Arte presents
An Evening of Flamenco
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, January 7th - 8pm-11pm
77 Ferry Street, Newark, NJ
December 26 - January 28
presented by Noche Flamenca
539 Amsterdam Avenue, New York
February 4 - 25
presented by Noche Flamenca
Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
Sundays 11:00-12:00 pm
4 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor
Introduction to flamenco is geared toward the absolute beginner student with little to no experience with flamenco dance. You will become acquainted with flamenco's basic elements by developing a solid foundation in technique: 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.
Sundays 10:00-11:00 am
4 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor
Advanced Beginner is geared toward to the more experienced flamenco dance student who has studied for at least a year or two. You will need to have a basic understanding of its rhythms, vocabulary and technique. We dive deeper into each element and further develop your technique and musical ear while beginning to implement its style and characteristics.
Children are welcome to take the Intro to Flamenco Classes until our full schedule returns March, 2016
This class is intended for boys and girls between the ages of 6 - 12 years old with little to no experience with dance. Children will obtain an in-depth experience of the Spanish art form of flamenco along with its history, culture, geography, and vocabulary/terminology. Students will be exposed to flamenco’s basic dance concepts, learn a choreography, be involved in the creative process, and perform an original dance number at the end of the semester. We will meet for 12 sessions with a culminating event performance for the final session to be held at the studio. Children are required to have proper dance attire and shoes.
Returns March, 2016
This class is ideal for those have been studying flamenco for at least 2-3 years and have a thorough understanding of flamenco technique, rhythms, structure and vocabulary. Technique is further developed by strengthening endurance, focus and memory and by pushing each students personal boundaries. Furthermore, more complicated palos are explored while letting our own dance personalities shine through via choreography.
Center for Flamenco Arts
4 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor, Manhattan
$25 / class - $92 / 4 classes - $176 / 8 classes
*Only valid for the January workshop
Led by Xianix Barrera, a powerhouse of the pure and raw flamenco form, SABOR FLAMENCO offers performances, workshops, arts-in-education, and community engagement programming that centers on feminine strength and empowerment. SABOR FLAMENCO ignites passion, excitement, and wonder by fusing the soul of the Caribbean with the music and rhythms of Southern Spain by embracing a full palate of aesthetic tastes; from classical elegance, to modern experimentation, to the distilled essence of the gypsy soul.
SABOR FLAMENCO offers an authentic flamenco performances with various dancers and musicians, of varying lengths 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 trance 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.
Want to teach your students about Spain and/or the origins of flamenco? Sabor Flamenco provides experienced lecture-demonstration programs for language, music, dance, history, and/or general classes. These programs provide an interactive experience for your class with a demonstrations of flamenco song, guitar and dance, with history of Flamenco and student participation. School residencies with a final performance 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 rhythm 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
“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