April marks the month of Semana Santa, Spain’s Holy Week, where vibrant crowds flock to view enormous processions winding through city streets. A dance tradition called the sevillana, a colorful and exciting style of flamenco performed in pairs, emerged from these celebrations. Born on the streets of Sevilla, it was originally a courting ritual.
In honor of Semana Santa, Rhythmix Cultural Works and Caminos Flamencos will hold a sevillanas contest as part of April’s Café Flamenco. Up to eight couples may dance, and the contest will be judged by the audience. The show will also feature top-notch dancers and musicians, including Emmy-winning dancer and choreographer Yaelisa, Music Director Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” and special guests. Advance tickets are recommended, as this popular show regularly sells out. All ages are welcome.
As part of Café Flamenco, doors open early at 6 pm for guests to enjoy savory Spanish paella prepared by Paul Skrentny. Seafood and vegetarian options are available, and come served with a side salad for $10 per plate. Beverages and other concessions are also available for purchase.