- Written by Marianna
Comments from our Flamenco students
"Marianna: Thank you sooo much for a wonderful class. You have inspired me! Counting down the days til the next class" Tracy F.
"Thank you Marianna for the flamenco class on Saturday, I enjoyed it so much " Gabriella L.
" The little one ... was also really very sad that we didnt go (to class last night). She wasn't
all that much into Flamenco and after she saw you do the Solea, she told me: "Me gusta
mucho NUESTRA clase de Flamenco, Mami....mi maestra es muy bonita y me gusta
mucho la musica!" I couldnt be happier!!!" Aymeth R.
"I LOVE taking flamenco classes with you, Marianna! The live music and your joyful presence make me thrilled to learn this most passionate dance with you. Thank you!" Serina T.
"First, I want to tell you that when I first re-met you back in October of 2010 I thought you were a very beautiful woman (physically speaking because I had no clue you were a beautiful inside as I already know).
Then, when I saw you dancing Bulerias in spurts of time, I thought: "My goodness.....que bella y distinguida dama!"
"Thanks too for a great class - you are a wonderful teacher and it was a very encouraging evening. I feel so blessed to have been spending the night with you, Madeline, and James with all of your knowledge and talent! See you soon." Cathy N.
"I appreciate all that you do in transmitting the dynamic art of flamenco dance." Laura S.
|"Thanks once again for making classes fun, comfortable, easygoing and very instructive. I sense that you care about your students' progress and love sharing your art, which creates a nurturing atmosphere conducive to learning. " Laura S.|
"Your classes are the best! I'm grateful to have you as a teacher." Cathy N.
"Thank you for the great classes this week. I am loving the Solea. ..." Kathryn M.
"Maestra ... I can't tell you enough what an amazing teacher you are and love, love, love (did I say love?) you style and teaching methods!" Aymeth S.
"Dear Marianna, I am so enjoying your Bulerias class! I appreciate your willingness to review previously-taught steps and to answer all our questions. It is a good for us to hear your encouragement, as it inspires us to practice, learn and express more through dance." Laura S.
"Thanks for such a fabulous class - I truly enjoyed it. Looking forward to Thursday!" Cathy N.
"Thank you so much again for the beautiful gifts from Spain. You are a wonderful teacher and a beautiful soul! Tonight was great - Óle!! XOXOXO." 9/09 Daniella S.
"Flamenco class truly feeds my soul.” Marcie W.
“I’m loving your classes – there is so much to work on, and it’s a good (safe) place to grow. Everyone – you, Freddie, James, Aaron – you all know so much and are so supportive. I am looking forward to joining the Wednesday group.” Daniella S.
Hi! Thank you soooo much for yesterday's class! It was PERFECT!!!” Amanda S.
Thank you for your warm welcome to this amazing form of expression. It is very special for me and I can hardly wait for next week. I am intending to come. It feels so much like part of my healing journey.
When I was a child my father brought back a Flamenco 'outfit' from Spain, a ruffled dress with large white circles on a red ground, a mantilla and castanets. I would dress myself in this and imagine dancing. I was a shy child and yet somehow this resonated with me. Going to Spain with my family on holiday I felt strangely at home, not the little 'English' girl I seemed to be.
I wondered if my daughter's attraction to Flamenco came through me, through something I had never explored in myself. In the last seven years or so I became fascinated with Sephardic music and song, the legacy of the Jews of Spain and Portugal. It has a similar soul to Flamenco and they share common roots, Moorish and Gypsy. I even wonder if my Romanian grandfather was descended from Sephardic Jews. His parents were buried in Spain and we do not know why.
In traveling this path with cancer I try to listen to the
'grandmothers', to my intuition about where healing lies. Sometimes their instructions are so simple, what to eat or who to call as an ally. It felt so right to be there in your beautiful studio yesterday. Your teaching was so whole and I am amazed that I left having a real sense in my body of some of the pieces that weave into this dance form, this prayer form. I am smiling as I write this and grateful and glad. My body and soul thank you.
What a great class last night – thank you so much. I’m really liking Wednesdays...” Daniella S.
“Hi! It was great to see you both again, and dance! I really had fun, although my toes feel hammered. Freddy looks remarkably well and is back to criticizing all of us, so he can only be on the mend.” Paula R.
“… there are things I definitely miss about your classes. That's why I'm writing to you, to tell you, I believe I WILL be back in your studio … in the future.
… p.s. We started working on Bulerias today, and it was almost too easy for me! Thanks to you, Federico, and the other musicians at your studio, of course. As soon as she clapped out the first measure, I remembered it instantly and effortlessley, much to my delight and surprise”! ~ Diana N.