Flamenco Dancer. Teacher. Choreographer.
Flamenco Dancer. Teacher. Choreographer.
Xianix Barrera, a native New Yorker born to Puerto Rican and Dominican parents, was exposed at an early age to music and dance in ballet, modern, jazz, and percussion. Xianix began her flamenco studies in New York and deepened her training in Madrid and Sevilla under the guidance of distinguished masters including Concha Vargas, Carmen Ledesma, Andres Peña, Raquel Heredia, and La Lupi. Xianix performs nationally and internationally as a soloist and 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 "La Repompilla", Rosario Toledo, Soledad Barrio, and Juan Ogalla. She has performed at such prominent venues as the Joyce Theater and Lincoln Center 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, which debuted to the sold-out production of ‘Sabor Flamenco’ in Spanish Harlem. XBF produces traditional flamenco performances with artists from the U.S. and Spain, highlighting bold and tenacious female artists and 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 has also been accepted into the Emerging Choreographer Series at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (CUNY). Xianix 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 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.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH
Featuring Raphael Brunn and Gisele Assi
6:00-7:00pm - Advanced Beginner
7:00-8:00pm - Beginner
8:00-9:00pm - Introduction to Flamenco*
*YOU MUST ENTER THE BUILDING BEFORE 7:30pm TO TAKE THIS CLASS. Doors close at 7:30pm sharp!
@ Gibney Dance Studios
890 Broadway, 5th Floor, Manhattan
10:00-11:00am - Advanced Beginner
11:00-12:00pm - Beginner
12:00-1:00pm - All Levels Sevillanas & Castanets
1:00 - 2:00pm - Introduction to Flamenco
@ Center for Flamenco Arts
4 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor, Manhattan
9:30-10:30am - Flamenco for Senior Citizens
@ S.T.A.R. Senior Center
650 West 187th Street, Manhattan, NY
Single Class: $25
5 Class Pack: $122
10 Class Pack: $235
20 Class Pack: $460
Only Sevillanas or Only Castanets (30 min) - $15
*Classes can be purchased with cash, check, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle.
Class Packs MUST be used by December 15th, 2018 and are non-transferable.
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.
LEVEL? 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.
PRIVATE/SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS? I offer private and semi-private lessons in my home to cater to your particular needs, whether its to mount or work out kinks in a choreography, 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 showcase is presented in December for our holiday party. Student showcase what they've been working on throughout the semester, dress up in traditional flamenco attire, and strut their stuff!
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)
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.
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 bootcamp technique drills for arms, turns and footwork. The second half of class will focus on mastering the bata de cola, mantón and palmas.
BABY / KIDS FLAMENCO
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.
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 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