The art of flamenco music and dance originated in the southern regions of Spain. Its colorful expression and rhythmic roots draw from many world cultures, including European, African, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Jewish traditions.
If you’ve ever been interested in trying your hand (or feet) at this majestic dance, now is your chance. Nathan Barnett Herrera and Elina Zavala of local group Flamenco Caribe are hosting world-renowned flamenco teacher and performer Miguel Vargas on April 13 and 14 at the Cayman Music School in Camana Bay. Vargas will be teaching a beginner’s flamenco class from 8-9:15 p.m. on both evenings, open to all levels of experience and ages.
The class provides a wonderful opportunity to become introduced to the fun and festive world of flamenco.
Flamenco’s fiery rhythms, expression of passion, and beautiful movements are just a few of the qualities that draw audiences and flamenco enthusiasts from around the world. Over the past 50 years, the culture of flamenco has spread to countries including Japan, Israel, Peru, India, Mexico, Greece, the United States, and the Cayman Islands.
Vargas was born in Venezuela and spent his childhood in Germany, Mexico and Spain. He debuted at the age of six years as a child prodigy and began teaching flamenco dance at the tender age of 12.
After obtaining a degree in 1994, Vargas began his career in Spain, dancing in the most renowned tablao of Seville, Los Gallos. He worked with artists like Manuela Carrasco and Mario Maya, with whose company Vargas performed before the King and Queen of Spain at the inaugural Winter Sports World Championships in Granada in 1996.
He went on to perform in New York’s Lincoln Center and the Avignon Theatre Festival in Avignon, France, followed by a tour of the country.
In 1998, Vargas participated in the “Bienal de Flamenco” in Seville, the most significant festival in the flamenco world. He has performed across the globe from Madrid to New York, and has toured Europe and the United States of America. He continues presenting his shows internationally, including in such far flung locales as Singapore, Japan, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and Dubai. Today, he is one of the greatest exponents of flamenco dance. As an ambassador of the Spanish culture he has danced before kings and presidents worldwide. He is Director of the Centre of Art and Flamenco of Seville, an institution dedicated to the teaching and dissemination of flamenco, and of his own dance company, the Miguel Vargas Flamenco Dance Theatre.