Flamenco Dancer. Teacher. Choreographer. NYC.
Flamenco Dancer. Teacher. Choreographer. NYC.
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.
INTRO TO FLAMENCO - Tangos
Thursdays 7:30 - 8:30pm
BEGINNER - Farruca
Sundays 1:00-2:00pm & Thursdays 6:00 - 7:00pm
ADVANCED BEGINNER - Fandangos
Sundays 12:00-1:00pm & Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm
INTERMEDIATE - Alegrias
Sundays 10:00-11:00am & Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
TANGOS + BULERIAS IMPROV WITH LIVE CANTE - All Levels
Sundays 11:00 - 12:00pm
PALMAS - All Levels
Wednesdays 7:00 - 7:30pm
SEVILLANAS - All Levels
Thursdays 7:00 - 7:30pm
10:00-11:00am - Intermediate
11:00-12:00pm - Tangos/Bulerias Improv
12:00-1:00pm - Advanced Beginner
1:00 - 2:00pm - Beginner
6:00 - 7:00pm - Intermediate
7:00 - 7:30pm - Palmas
7:30 - 8:30pm - Advanced Beginner
6:00-7:00pm - Beginner
7:00 - 7:30pm - Sevillanas
7:30-8:30pm - Introduction to Flamenco
*Classes can be purchased with cash, check, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*Class Packs are for the FALL SEMESTER ONLY and must be used by December 15th, 2019.
*Non-refundable and non-transferable.
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 including: 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 progress their training. This fall semester we will learn choreography for TANGOS DE PEPICO.
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 including: 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 it 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 progress their training. This fall semester we will learn choreography for FARRUCA.
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 progress their training. This fall semester we will learn choreography for FANDANGOS DE HUELVA.
INTERMEDIATE - Level IV
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 progress their training. This fall semester we will learn choreography for ALEGRIAS DE CADIZ.
TANGOS/BULERIAS IMPROV WITH LIVE CANTE - All Levels
TANGOS/BULERIAS IMPROV WITH LIVE CANTE is a new class being offered this fall. Students will learn how to properly do what is called “pata por Tangos” or a “Pata por Buleria”. “Pata” simply refers to a super short improv dance you would do at a party, gathering, or at the end of a show where you are invited up to dance. Some experience is ideal but not necessary. We will learn super simple and basic marking steps, remates and llamadas to choose from then put them together to live cante. You will be encouraged to try it by yourself in class. You also have the option to try your pata at my gigs at CANTINA CUMBANCHA and others.
PALMAS - All Levels
The PALMAS class is 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.
SEVILLANAS - All Levels
SEVILLANAS is a traditional folk dance of southern Spain that is often danced at celebrations in pairs or alone. It is a fun and interactive way to get a jump start in flamenco. It is also a great transition into flamenco. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! For 30 minutes every week we will learn the 4 coplas (dances) that make up one sevillanas dance. Castanets will be used in January.
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.
Menkes* 250 W. 54th Street, Suit 804, Manhattan
Sansha* 888 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan (*Get a 10% discount when you mention you take class with Xianix)
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 are 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. Please do not attend class is casual clothing or work attire as you will not be permitted to take the class.
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, then most likely 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 and Whatsapp group for students to post videos of the material covered in class every other week so that you can practice and review on your own.
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.
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