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.
Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
345 Grand Street, Brooklyn
808 W. 187 Street, Manhattan
The Graduate Center, CUNY Segal Theater, 365 5th Avenue, Manhattan
*no class November 25th
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5:30 - 6:30pm- Beginner
6:30 - 7:30pm - Adv Beginner
Rod Rodgers Studios: 62 East 4th Street, NYC
10:00 - 11:00am - Adv Beginner
11:00 - 12:00pm - Beginner
Center for Flamenco Arts: 4 West 43rd Street, 8th FL, NYC
$25/drop-in $120 / 5 class pack $230 / 10 class pack $440 / 20 class pack
*Class cards expire December 10th
Rod Rodgers Studios
Center for Flamenco Arts
The Beginner level is geared towards students who have previously taken flamenco classes 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.
Rod Rodgers Studios
Center for Flamenco Arts
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.
INTRO TO FLAMENCO
Returns January, 2018
Center for Flamenco Arts
For those who have never taken a flamenco class before or need a refresher before moving into the Beginner level, Intro to Flamenco is the class for you. This level is for those with little to no experience with flamenco dance to those who have some experience with flamenco and wish to start slowly. All are welcome! You will become acquainted with flamenco's basic elements by developing a solid foundation in its various 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.
FOR ALL AGES &
HOME SCHOOL KIDS
Available for privates or semi-private lessons
This class is intended for girls and boys between the ages of 4 - 8 years old 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.
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED
Available for private / semi-private lessons
Intermediate/advanced classes are for students who been studying flamenco for at least three years and have a thorough understanding of flamenco technique, rhythms, structure and vocabulary. Technique is further developed through endurance drills, strengthening focus and memory and by pushing each students personal boundaries. Additionally, we delve into more complicated palos while exploring and developing your own dance style. 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