Flamenco Dancer. Teacher. Choreographer.
Flamenco Dancer. Teacher. Choreographer.
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.
"LATIDO" to be presented at the Queerly Contemporary Festival
Saturday, June 1st - 7pm
14th Street Y
with Kelsey Burns, music by Antonia Jimenez
6:30-7:30pm - Advanced Beginner
5:30 - 7:00pm - Introduction to Flamenco + Sevillanas
7:00 - 8:00pm - Beginner Intermediate
8:00 - 9:00pm - Basic Beginner
10:00-11:00am - Advanced Beginner
11:00-12:00pm - Beginner Intermediate
12:00-1:00pm - Castanets + Sevillanas
1:00 - 2:00pm - Basic Beginner
Single Class: $25
5 Class Pack: $122
10 Class Pack: $235
20 Class Pack: $460
Single 1.5hr Class: $35
5 Class Pack: $172
10 Class Pack: $335
*Classes can be purchased with cash, check, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle. Class Packs MUST be used by June 6th, 2019 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. You are welcome to observe the class before you take it.
PRIVATE/SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS? I offer private and semi-private lessons 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!
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, my structured flamenco are not 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 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. I have worked hard to establish a wonderful community of students and artists that are supportive and encouraging of one another in this difficult yet rewarding journey.
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.
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 - Level I
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. In this class we will learn SEVILLANAS! Read more below on this dance.
BASIC BEGINNER - Level II
Basic Beginner is a continuation of the Intro to Flamenco level but at a faster pace and with further complexity. We 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. In this class we will learn a choreography is por TANGOS DE TRIANA!
BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE - Level III
The Beginner Intermediate 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 and Basic Beginner level but now at a faster pace and with more complexity. Your foundation in flamenco technique will be reviewed and further developed and 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. In this class our choreography is por TIENTOS TANGOS!
ADVANCED BEGINNER - Level VI
Advanced Beginner 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, 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. In this class our choreography is por SOLEA POR BULERIAS!
SEVILLANAS + CASTANETS - Open Level
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. Castanets (the iconic instrument played with both hands, tied by strings on your thumbs) is a vital element to flamenco. It is a nice break for the body to use isolate and your hands your fingers, however, it is not any easier. During this hour (on Sundays only) we begin the class with castanet technique followed by its application to the Sevillanas dance. Then the second half of the class is focused solely on learning the Sevillanas.
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 to join. 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.
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