San Francisco Classical Voice

San Francisco Classical Voice

By Mark MacNamara

Carolina and Carolé’s Ballet Flamenco

This is a mother and daughter team who are spectacular. If you enjoy flamenco and Spanish dance this is a must

And how do you tell the great practitioners?

“I look for fluidity,” Carolina told us. “And also the dancer’s expressions, whether they’re dancing from the heart. Is the woman just doing footwork? What’s going on above the waist? Is her femininity clear? Otherwise, these are just exhibitionists, which you see a lot in California quite honestly. They’re not dancing from their soul; they’re not connecting to the audience. In flamenco, you have the happy rhythms and then the more profound and sadder rhythms and unless you can convey these to the audience you have not succeeded. As in all dancing, you tell the story through your body, your arms, your feet — and your face — so that the audience can feel the song. Most Americans don’t understand the language so it’s all the more important to connect and to show the story.

“When I’m dancing I’m listening to the music, to what’s being sung, and when I connect to the audience, and see the effect, that’s when the magic happens. If I don’t feel like I’ve done that, I haven’t performed well.” Don’t miss Carolina and Carole’s Ballet Flamenco on Aug. 11 at Peña Pachamama. You’ll see their high energy and passion for their art where the venues well-worn hardwood floors will resonate with the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping, and guitar.