Performing

Paco se fue … That’s what the message said

It was 1:06 am. I was in bed … 1:06 am last night, And I received a text from Toshi. “Paco se fue,” That is what it said. Oh my God, Paco de Lucía passed away. And my heart is beating … I want to tell you about the time I met Paco. It was […]

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A Story about Akiko

I wrote and posted this story about two years ago.  I was so inspired by Akiko that I wanted to repost it today, with a few adjustments. Today when I am feeling overwhelmed and stressed out about all kinds of things. Today when I am feeling shut down and scared to perform this weekend, as […]

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Viernes con una Letra | and more alegrías

Today another letra that Vicente sang. Something happened while he sang me this letra, something that had the potential to really throw me off.  But it actually didn’t.  It was weird.  It was like I noticed it happening and kind of watched myself continue dancing.  I guess it kind of caused me to become more […]

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Things to Remember Before a Performance

It’s almost time to perform, and I’m worrying.  I’ve felt this way before… But I guess I needn’t worry so much.  At least I don’t have to get up in front of the whole audience to talk and start crying instead. Anyway, so I decided to take myself for a walk to the farmer’s market to […]

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How to know what to dance and when to dance it

Many of us learn and study long choreographies.  They are challenging and, as I said, long. Then we learn short snippets.  Which, by the way, are also challenging. So, how to know when to dance what? I’ll get to this soon.  But first… We’ve been doing a lot of tangos this year.  Mostly in a […]

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Viernes con una Letra | sí, tangos

Again, tangos. La virgen de Los Remedios tiene su cara morena y el niño que está en sus brazos es más blanco que la azucena. Popular Our Lady of Los Remedios has a dark face and the child in her arms is whiter than a lily Popular On Sunday José sang this very letra, and […]

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Video: Emilio Has Some Things to Say

So Emilio is here in Portland. He is here.  Está aquí! I told you I was going to ask him some more questions.  And we did just that this evening.  We made movies!  So, click on the links in this post to see videos. Anyway, we made two movies. Actually three, but the first one […]

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A Show That Isn’t a Show

As you know, one of my most favorite things when taking a workshop is the energy it provides.  It is what led me to start this business. But the watching is wonderful too. Because sure, as students we dance, (A LOT, I know, that’s what we’re there to do) but we are given little private performances […]

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Congelada

I wrote this one night last week, Thursday or Friday I believe.  One night when I started freaking out and wanting to run away because we were having another show.  I decided to wait until the the next day to publish it.  The next day came and I didn’t.  So, I’m posting it now, after […]

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Dancing with a Star

Ricardo is the star.  I am still just me. Ok, so I realized something this morning. This might be my Dancing with the Stars… I remember seeing that show and thinking how lucky those celebrities are to get to have their own personal, amazingly talented dance coach for an intensive period.  There was some envy […]

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