It's 10:48am on Tuesday as I type these words. Last night I was performing as usual at Cafe Citron. The dancer was Sara Candela. Business is starting to pick up or maybe it was just coincidentally one of those nights when a lot of people decided to go out. In any case, I'm glad we had a good turnout for the one night that Sara could join us here at Citron.
I did get there especially early so I could setup my sound system and get that task out of the way so I could celebrate my dancer friend Sonia's birthday nearby at Bistro du Coin.
I took this pic as I rode up the Dupont Circle escalator with my sound system. Notice how I use my boot to keep the hundred pounds of equipment from falling down.
February 27, 2006 5:44pm
Yeah, I amaze myself sometimes on how I can keep up with all the flamenco happenings in DC let alone type it all in and upload photos and come up with sharp and witty commentary. But one thing I can't do is be in two places at once--I'm working on that though. In the meantime, I'm very grateful to have friends who take pics of events I cannot attend and send them to me. Thanks Ayhan!
Anna Menendez, Carmela Greco, Bedriye Ozdag and Gloria Monge. February 23, 2006 (photo courtesy of Ayhan Ozdag)
I'm sure it was a great show but I wouldn't know cuz I wasn't there. But if you want say something about it, feel free to click on the "Comments" link at the end of this blog entry.
It's 10:42pm on Sunday as I type these words. I need to seriously catch up on sleep so I'll keep the commentary very brief.
I started off the day playing for Sara Candela's bulerias workshop at DC Dance Collective and saw a couple of familiar faces in the class.
February 26, 2006 2:10pm
It's 12:55pm on Sunday as I type these words. Last night, dancer Ginette Perea and I performed at James Madison University for La Danza Roja, an event put together by Hospitality and Tourism Management majors for a senior project. It was an all day affair for us from 11:00am until after midnight, including a long trip both ways. It was fun of course, but I went straight to bed when I got home.
After a three-hour drive we arrived at the James Madison University campus and followed the signs to the event...
Feburary 25, 2006 3:26pm (photo by Gina)
It's 9:21am on Saturday as I type these words. We have a performance coming up this weekend, so Ginette took advantage of one of the perks she gets as a teacher: discounted rates for studio time. Ironically, I almost arrived late for our rehearsal despite the fact that I live closeby--it's only a 15-minute walk.
So when I left the house to go to the studio, I seriously needed some caffeine to wake up so I stopped by Starbucks for my doppio fix. There was a long line, ugh! So I drank my espresso like a shot and walked rather briskly almost to the point of breaking a sweat despite the bitingly cold weather.
You see, Ginette came all the way from Arlington and woke up especially early to catch the bus in addition to riding the metro. The least I could do is arrive on time since I live practically down the street from DC Dance Collective.
A few years ago, she and I worked in tablao gig every Thursday night. Ginette was enthusiastic and very dedicated: she took a bus and the metro all the way from Fairfax to Rockville after a long day in school, then she'd perform and get back home late and then finally get around to studying. She would do this every week for about 6 months and finally she had to resign cuz it was probably affecting her studies. I was disappointed to see her go, but I understood why. Fortunately, I was still able to call her on her for occasional private gigs at least.
Fast forward to present day...Ginette tried out using the shawl for her solea por bulerias as well as some new footwork patterns that she worked out on her own.
My view of Ginette as we rehearsed at DC Dance Collective. February 24, 2006 12:45pm