Flamenco v Tap: Dawn of a New Grease

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Get ready for a new version of Grease—flamenco-and-tap-style!

The Karen Flamenco dancers are teaming up with Troy McLaughlin’s tap crew for a flamenco vs. tap showdown in a new production of Grease. The show is Nov 1 & 2 at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.. Find out more below.

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Flamenco v Tap: Dawn of a New Grease

Featured Vancouverites: Victor Kolstee and Rosario Ancer

Kolstee_Ancer Hometowns:
Victor Kolstee is originally from The Hague in The Netherlands and Rosario Ancer from Monterrey, Mexico.

How long have been Vancouverites?
25 years – after living and performing in Spain and Mexico, we settled in Vancouver.

Occupations:
Rosario Ancer is a Dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director and Victor Kolstee is a Guitarist and Musical Director, both with Flamenco Rosario and the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. They also teach dance and guitar and are the owners of Centro Flamenco. Continue reading:
Featured Vancouverites: Victor Kolstee and Rosario Ancer

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival Oct 30 – Nov 10

Photo credit: Nadine | Flickr

Flamenco Rosario brings the rhythm and song of flamenco to Vancouver with the 24th annual Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. The festival is a mixture of performances, demonstrations and workshops of both song and dance. National and local artists will perform a range of traditional to modern styles, in both solo and ensemble performances. This year, the festival will feature award-winning performer Olga Pericet from Madrid, Spain.

In case you’re unfamiliar with flamenco, the Spanish art form is a highly expressive dance form that combines dance, guitar playing, and singing. Hand-clapping, sweeping arm movements, and percussive feet stomping characterize the dance that is also known for its vibrant and eye-catching costumes. Flamenco comes from the Andalusia region of Spain, but also has roots in East Indian, Persian, Roma, Sephardic Jewish and Middle Eastern cultures. With a universal message of inclusion, the dance form has grown in popularity all over the world. Flamenco Rosario believes flamenco’s emergence from diverse cultures and its inclusiveness are the reasons the art form thrives and remains relevant in today’s global society.

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Vancouver International Flamenco Festival Oct 30 – Nov 10