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Monday, December 31, 2012

Mind, Body, Fitness

Hello friends,

The New Year, 2013, is almost here. Wow! It came fast, right?
Anyhow, we usually think to ourselves, "what new year's resolution can set for myself & stick with it?"
This passed year has been a lil iffy trying to deal with school, then realized the ignorance of certain professors & the kindness of others. In my grad program, we are given choices of classes/courses to fulfill as prerequisites, i.e. if this quarter I can't take/fulfill this certain class/course then next quarter I may be able to take another class/course.
This quarter, I registered with this certain professor who is the only one teaching a course I need to graduate, I repeat, for this quarter only, but I can take another course that can fill that same requirement for the upcoming quarters. I've had this professor in another class/course previously & unfortunately she was very ignorant to the point where I didn't feel comfortable. So I think to myself, "why am I going to put myself thru that again?"
So my New Year's resolution is to not deal with dickheads anymore. I already get paid to deal with them, vaguely now, in my career, & I mean vaguely. So no need to deal with any dickhead professor if it's not necessary. No Dealing with dickheads this year :-).
So this year, I am going to drop her class for winter quarter & start the year with positive energy through focusing on my health physically, emotionally, mentally & spiritually.
I'm already focused on it, so I guess what I'm saying is that I am going to continue it & not deal with ignorant professors/people (for free at least), I'm gonna get fit, focus on my health on all aspects, continue teaching fitness - movement & voice for actors - flamenco - & simply stay on the positive path. We always have stumbles here & there, but if I can prevent myself from dealing with a dickhead for 9 weeks (a quarter), then great. My New Year's Resolution will be in action.
New Year's resolution:
Avoiding negative people like that professor if I can help it.
Continue teaching fitness which I will use as a continuance in getting fit.
Stay positive.
Eat healthier than ever.
Continue learning to sing new Flamenco songs as well as continue teaching flamenco dance.
And pass my national certification Personal Trainer test (one I have to update every two years).
Voila.... Case closed.
What's your New Year's resolution for 2013?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pilates Certified (get fit, strengthen, lengthen)

I'M ALSO A CERTIFIED PILATES TRAINER. DIFFERENT FROM BEING A FLAMENCO ARTIST, HUH? ;-)

LET ME HELP YOU TONE UP, LENGTHEN & STRENGTHEN.
OVER TEN YEARS OF HELPING OTHERS REACH THEIR GOALS, THRU PILATES ALONE, WHETHER IF IT'S TO GET THEM READY FOR A WEDDING, INJURY REHABILITATION, HELP THEM WITH THEIR WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM, PERFORMERS (DANCERS & ACTORS - I MYSELF AM A PROFESSIONAL DANCER & ACTOR), CORRECT SPINAL ALIGNMENT, DEVELOP A STRENGTHENING/LENGTHENING OR WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM, REUNIONS, YOU NAME IT.

WITH MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE USING PILATES FOR WEIGHT LOSS, INJURY REHABILITATION, & STAYING FIT, I CAN HELP YOU WITH THE SAME ISSUES I HAD. I ATTEST TO IT BECAUSE I LIVE IT.

I TEACH, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, IN THE SILVERLAKE/ECHO PARK AREA IN A STUDIO CALLED 'IN&UP PILATES'. IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE SHAPE OF YOUR BODY, STAY FIT, STRENGTHEN AND LENGTHEN THOSE MUSCLES TO HAVE THAT ELEGANT TONED LOOK, OR IF YOU NEED ME TO HELP REHABILITATE ANY INJURY/IES, CALL ME 323-333-7067 or email me at aVivirElmomentoFlamenco@gmail.com.


THESE ARE MY RATES:

SPECIAL INTRO PRIVATE SERIES, 8 @ $60 ($480.00)
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After intro series is completed, these are the normal rates:
Single Private Session $85.00
Four Session Series @ $80 ($320) - save $5 each person
Six Session Series @ 75 ($450) - save $10 each person
Eight Session Series @ $70 ($560) - save $15 each person
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SHARED CLASS SESSIONS
(Two or three people in the class)
Single Shared Session $40.00 each person
Four Session Series @ $35 each person ($140.00)
Eight Session Series @ $33 each person ($264.00)
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SPECIAL INTRO DUET SERIES (Bring a friend/shared exclusive),
8 @ $38 each person ($304.00)

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IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE MY PILATES CERTIFICATIONS, CLICK ON THIS PARAGRAPH, WHICH WILL TAKE YOU TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE. ONCE YOU'RE IN, GO TO PHOTOS, AND CLICK ON THE ALBUM THAT SAYS 'FitnessCertifications'.

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If that's too far for you, I am also training members in Monrovia CA at Hala Skin & Body & at Equinox Fitness Club in Santa Monica CA. Those rates are different & if you'd like to find out, then inquire within. Click anywhere on this paragraph which will take you to my facebook page & email me through there.
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Friday, November 16, 2012

FLAMENCO DINNER SHOW, DEC 1st, 2012 SATURDAY.

HI GUYS,

JUST THOUGHT I'D STOP BY TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THE FLAMENCO PROGRAM BEING HELD AT 'UN SOLO SOL KITCHEN' ON MONDAYS WHICH INCLUDES DANCE, MUSIC, SINGING. 6 TO 7 TEENS/ADULTS FLAMENCO CLASS.
7 TO 8 FLAMENQUITOS CLASS (KID'S CLASS)
CALL TO INQUIRE ABOUT THE FLAMENCO CLASSES 323-333-7067.

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FLAMENCO DINNER SHOW

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1st, 2012, THE 'TO LIVE THE MOMENT FLAMENCO/ A VIVIR EL MOMENTO FLAMENCO' TEAM WILL HAVE THEIR FLAMENCO DINNER SHOW ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 1st, 2012.
FIRST SHOW AT 7:00PM AND SECOND SHOW AT 8:30PM AT UN SOLO SOL KITCHEN 1818 EAST 1ST STREET, L.A. CA 90033.
CALL UN SOLO SOL KITCHEN TO MAKE A RESERVATION BEFORE THEY RUN OUT OF SEATS 323-807-9552.
BRING YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, LOVED ONES. AND YOU CAN ALSO BRING YOUR WINE OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE OF YOUR CHOICE TO GO ALONG WITH THE DELICIOUS DINNER AND FLAMENCO SHOW.

CLICK BELOW & JOIN:
CLICK HERE TO STAY UPDATED ON OUR FLAMENCO ACTIVITIES: http://www.facebook.com/aVivirElmomentoFlamenco

Friday, October 12, 2012

House Of Blues on Sunset Blvd

HEY GUYS, DON'T MISS MY BAND LA BESTIA ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 19TH, 2012 FOR OUR RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES ON SUNSET BLVD.

IF YOU WANT SOME GUEST PASSES, CLICK HERE WHICH IS OUR BAND'S FACEBOOK PAGE, through our band's facebook page email us back, let us know how many guest passes you want, what snail mailing address you'd like them to be sent to & under who's name. We hope you can join us!! ;-)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Never misses :-), but i luv it..

A lot of people ask me, "Rocio, you do so many things. When are you going to settle down?"
For the average person, my lifestyle seems a bit chaotic or all over the place, it seems. But in order for me to do the things i do in this life-time, i have no choice but to have it together, otherwise it won't work. And as for settling down, well it depends what you mean when you say settling down.
Do you mean just doing one thing or getting married & settling down.
Not sure what was meant, but just in case, i have 2answers: if you meant settling down doing one thing, as long as i can handle it & am not affecting the livelihoods of anyone, i will continue to live as i desire because i love what i do. If you meant settling down with family? Well, i guess if the time ever comes, i'll just have to see what can be compromised right there & then as long as everyone is happy. but in the meantime, since i am living on my own terms because it's not affecting anybody's livelihood but my own, i'll continue doing my so many things :-). And if my lifestyle is affecting someone else who i don't have any ties to, then that person must be really bored with their life & has nothing better to do than to worry about someone else's life but his/her own.
Anyhow, while in Vegas, i was able to kill two birds with 1 stone. Was able to stay on the cirque list, so i actually passed the physical test. I cant believe it 'cause some of the stuff i did i hadnt done in a while. Meanwhile at the same time, a cirque colleague & i were renewing our pilates certification. Done! Before leaving Vegas a cirque colleague & i were hanging up & down on the poles trapeze & aerial style & our trainer took a pictures with us like that. That was fun & can't wait to see that picture. Ha! I must be out of my mind, but i wouldn't have it any other way. Anyhow, Cant wait to get home to my kitty. She must think i abandoned her.
Keep smiling :-)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

FLAMENCO SHOW SEPT 22nd, 2012!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Two Shows 6:30pm & 8:00pm
(choose what show you'd like to attend)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, SPACE IS LIMITED: 323-807-9552

Locations:
Un Solo Sol Kitchen
1818 e. 1st Street
Los Angeles (Boyle Heights), CA 90033
(across the Mariachi Plaza golden line)

(an all ages friends, family, & people event)

Flamenco Artists:
*DANCER/CANTE POR FIESTA: ROCIO PONCE
*GUITARIST/CANTE POR FIESTA: GERARDO MORALES

Admission: $10 per Show / Does not included meal
CHILDREN 10 AND UNDER $8

BRING YOUR OWN ALCOHOL IF YOU'D LIKE!!

P.S. the food there is delicious, healthy, & that's the only reason I perform there. Because the owner believes in cooking fresh from scratch, no lard, home latin cooking. He even has a few Indian dishes going on there! ;-)

New Fall 2012 Dance Classes by Rocio Ponce

Hello parents, students, & inquiring parents & students,

We are glad to be offering a full dance program to strengthen technique &
choreography through Flamenco dance, Lyrical/Contemporary dance, Pilates, Yoga, &
Yoga For Kids!
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Schedule=
MONDAYS (taught by Rocio Ponce):
5pm to 6pm Yoga For Kids 6pm to 7pm Yoga For Teens/Adults;
7pm to 8pm 'To Live The Moment' Flamenco For Kids
7pm to 8pm 'To Live The Moment' Flamenco For Teens/Adults

TUESDAYS (taught by Rocio Ponce):
11:30am to 1pm Lyrical Contemporary with Pilates to start; 1:30pm to 2:30pm Mommy &
Me Yoga (for moms & their children ages 2-4);
2:45pm to 3:45pm Pilates

I ALSO TEACH PILATES WITH APPARATUS & MAT TO REHABILITATE, STRENGTHEN & LENGTHEN. THOSE I TEACH BY APPOINTMENT ONLY IN THE SILVERLAKE/ECHO PARK AREA IN A PILATES STUDIO. THOSE RATES ARE NOT THE SAME AS THE ABOVE (THE ABOVE IS AN INTRODUCTORY RATE FOR THE COMMUNITY. AT THE PILATES STUDIO, IT'S A PROFESSIONAL RATE, BUT I WILL MAKE SURE THAT WHAT EVER INJURIES YOU MAY HAVE, OR IF YOU WANT TO SLIM DOWN, OR GET STRONG, LEAN OR SIMPLY CORRECT YOUR ALIGNMENT, WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN. INQUIRIES? HIT ME UP ;-)

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Rates:
Introductory Community Prices! (not the same as professional pilates privates).
$15 Annual Fee! Goes up September 30th to 24$

Yoga Classes
$10 drop in
5 classes in a row for $45
10 classes in a row for $80

Flamenco and Pilates/Lyrical Classes
$15 drop in
$52 Series of 4 classes
$100 Series of 8 classes

Pilates
$12
$100 for series of 10 classes
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(Note: These classes will be held at Plaza De La Raza, however, they are not in the
Plaza De La Raza schedule list. These classes are being hosted by To Live The Moment Dance & Asava Dance).
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Call Rocio Ponce for technical movement details:
323-333-7067

I'm in Vegas strong..

I'm Vegas, not for a good time, but to take a physical test with my ole job to stay on the emergency list. Anyhow, they said I did great in most of the tests like the jumps, the balancing with eyes closed, closed tight grip, & other power moving exercises. The dancing, pilates, & other things i've done has helped me, but the most that has helped me was training with someone named Adrian Pietrariu. He's an excellent trainer and has helped me from getting strong to maintaining strength in this body. Most of the injuries I have have been acquired through out the years, but I have been training with from twice to now once a week, because the rest of the days I take his bootcamp class which is a butt kicker. This class isn't only for athletes of dance or of any sports, this class is for anyone interested in improving any physical part of themselves. You all should give it a try. It's fun, it's work, & you get to meet great people. The place is called West Coast Boot Camp in La CaƱada California. I feel much stronger & happy that I was able to pass most of my physical tests for this crazy circus.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Info

Hello students, parents, La Bestia listeners, & Flamenco fans, friends,

Just passing by to announce about upcoming Flamenco Dance classes & privates with Rocio Ponce coming in September 2012 for teens & adults. More info, go to facebook.com/aVivirElmomentoFlamenco or email at flamencamex@facebook.com.

Also, we, La Bestia band, just launched our music on itunes & amazon. You can find it under 'La Bestia Mind Games'.

Also, I will start teaching Flamenco & Yoga for kids for 'Tierra Blanca Art Center' starting in August/September 2012. For more info, just email me at flamencamex@facebook.com.

Also, stay tune for upcoming info on two flamenco shows a month at Un Solo Sol Kitchen starting September 2012.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Vivir El Momento Flamenco Artists, Click & Join these links to support Flamenco in Boyle Heights: http://poncerocio.blogspot.com/, http://www.facebook.com/aVivirElmomentoFlamenco, http://www.facebook.com/flamencamexicana

FLAMENCO DINNER SHOW

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
Two Shows 7:00pm & 8:30pm
(choose what show you'd like to attend)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, SPACE IS LIMITED: 323-807-9552

(an all ages friends, family, & people event)

Flamenco Artists:
*DANCER/CANTE POR FIESTA: ROCIO PONCE
*GUITARIST/CANTE POR FIESTA: GERARDO MORALES

Admission: $10 per Show / Does not included meal
CHILDREN 10 AND UNDER $8

BRING YOUR OWN ALCOHOL IF YOU'D LIKE!!

Check out a video footage of a show we had at un solo sol kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2054099601692&set=t.689671020&type=3&theater /////////////////////////////////////////////////

Friday, May 25, 2012

Las Soldaderas play

Hi guys,

Besides the Flamenco World I live and La Bestia band I sing for, at the moment I am in a play called Las Soldaderas (The Female Soldiers) directed by Ruben Amavizca.

It's a play that takes place in the Mexican Revolution era (during Emiliano Zapata and Carranza. Read your Mexican history if you're not familiar). Anyhow, I hope you can all come support us in this play. I will be rotating the same role with another actor, so here are the dates I will be in this play: 2012 May 26th & 27th then again in June 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 16th (Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 6pm). The play is in Spanish, however in the Fall of 2012 they will be in English. I'm fortunate to be bilingual.

Here is the link for more information.
LAS SOLDADERAS PLAY, CLICK HERE.

Also, at the moment I am freelancing a class which I'm teaching. It's exciting to me. As soon as I finished the cycle for adult's Movement & Voice for Actors at TVI Actor's Studio in Sherman Oaks, right away I landed this cycled class to teach which is Movement-Voice & Dance for Youth Actors CASA0101 in the neighborhood I was raised in, Boyle Heights.
Click here to find out more info:
MOVEMENT, VOICE & DANCE FOR YOUTH ACTORS, CLICK HERE.

Thank You,
Rocio Ponce

Saturday, March 24, 2012

FLAMENCO DANCE CLASSES STARTING APRIL 11th, 2012

FLAMENCO DANCE CLASSES WITH ROCIO PONCE
Plaza De La Raza, Lincoln Heights
3540 North Mission Road
L.A. CA 90031
323-333-7067
aVivirElmomentoFlamenco@gmail.com

SWEAT BUCKETS, GAIN STAMINA, STRENGTHEN TECHNIQUE IN FORM & ALIGNMENT, GAIN MUSICALITY, BUILD ENDURANCE, WORK ON MUSCLE MEMORY, LEARN TO DANCE WITH CANTE WHILE STAYING ON COMPAS (RHYTHM). TRY YOUR FIRST CLASS FREE!

Starting April 11th, 2012, every Wednesday for 9 weeks
Special rates for youth & adults

Beginning/Intermediate Level 6pm to 7pm.
Intermediate/Advanced Level 7:pm to 8:15pm.
(these classes includes cante & sometimes guitarist or percussionist).

YOUTH RATES
(age 17 & under with proof of I.D. or parent verification) $30 for 4 classes (this package must be used with in one month) or $60 for 9 classes for (complete 9 week cycle), Drop-in rate $8.

(youth taking any other class at Plaza De La Raza, with receipt proof, automatically pay $50 for a 9 week cycle)

ADULT RATES
(18 & over): $16 drop-in rate, or purchase 4 class package for $60 (save $4), or purchase 9 class package for $116 (save $12). College students w/ proof of I.D. get 15% off drop-in class rate or 20% off already discounted package deals; that's double the discount.

(adults taking any other class at Plaza De La Raza, with receipt proof, automatically pay $100 for the 9 class package)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Movement & Voice For Actors/Non-Actors

MOVEMENT & VOICE FOR ACTORS
Course Syllabus for 2012 February & March
Call the either TVI or BFA to reserve your spot
Instructor: Rocio Ponce, aVivirElmomentoFlamenco@gmail.com, 323-333-7067

TVI Acting Studios - 818-784-6500, tvistudios.com
(8 wks, Feb 10th through Mar 30th, 11:30am to 2:30pm)

BFA Theatre - 323-225-4045, bfatheatre.org
(February 11th & 12th, & March 3rd & 4th, 10am to 10am to 4pm)


COURSE OVERVIEW
Course Description: A movement/voice training for the actor; strong focus in movement and voice for extension of range and availability, and for character development. Development and conditioning of the actor’s body and voice, with an emphasis upon understanding and transforming the actor’s use of his/her physical and vocal instrument. NON-ACTORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE THESE CLASSES. THEY ARE DESIGNED SO THAT YOU BUILD FLOW PHYSICALLY & VOCALLY THOUGHT DIALOGUE.

Course Objectives:
This course is designed to support and enhance your work as a performer. It includes the continued study of body anatomy and how the position of the spine affects the voice (negatively and positively), phonetic (warm-ups & exercises), voice & body connection, verse and scansion, and vocal production and movement.

By the end of the class cycle you should be able to:

Have an intellectual and physical understanding of basic vocal/movement technique for safe and effective work on stage/screen. Understand a repertoire of physical/vocal exercises for daily use in the development of relaxed and efficient breathing patterns and extended vocal range of pitch, pace, and volume. Continue working on the ability to speak with a Dialect that is suitable for your speech, your lines, your monologue, etc. Demonstrate positive changes, and continued advancement physically and vocally, in class exercises/performance projects.

Materials Needed:

Textbook: Movement For Actors by Nichol Potter Notebook & pencil (your personal journal to keep track of your progress)Wear flexible clothing (to move freely)

Requirements:

Keep an open mind because what you thought was a quack, can help you finally get it. Group collaboration a must through fun projects (team work in this class is vital) Say yes to what you thought was the impossible

Participation/Discussion:
Students are expected to participate in class through various activities, exercises, and discussions with the instructor and their classmates about the exercises explored in class, reading assignments, etc. The instructor will lead the discussions and insure that they remain pertinent to the topics of this class. The aim is to develop a means of discussing the work we’re doing using a common technical vocabulary in order to facilitate personal vocal and physical development through collective awareness and understanding. Get ready!

Monologue:

Bring a monologue in which you feel you would like to expand on as well as make it come alive. WE WILL APPLY THE TECHNIQUES IN CLASS TOWARD YOUR MONOLOGUE.

POLICIES

Punctual attendance and active participation in ALL classes is MANDATORY. Due to the collaborative nature of this class it is necessary that you attend all class meetings and that you are on time.

This is a movement class, not a theory (lecture) class or an observation (no participation) class! Voice and movement are physical activities that require being comfortable with yourself and with others. It requires 100% participation. You must be willing to be vulnerable physically and emotionally in a room of your peers. Due to the non-traditional nature of some of the physical and vocal exercises done in class it’s important to know that disrespect on any level directed at anyone will not be tolerated. Respect your peers; be mature; be professional.

Always wear comfortable clothing that allows full range of motion in the body. No jeans. You will work barefoot/socks sometimes. Bring a yoga mat, just in case.

Physical contact:
It will sometimes be necessary for physical contact of a non-traditional nature between instructor and student, or between students. Potential areas of contact include the head, neck, face, shoulders, arms, mid-torso, hips, legs, and feet. Such contact will be made with only the utmost respect for the student. If physical contact is a conflicting issue or you do not wish to have physical contact, you must notify the instructor at the first day of the course.

Use of electronic devices:
Please be professional and respect your peers and the instructor by turning off all mobile phones, pagers, etc. All mobile phones, pagers, etc. shall be turned off before each class begins, and turned off after any use during any breaks.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Rocio Ponce (AEA actor/singer/dancer/choreographer, movement for actors/performers/non-performer, & currently working on MFA in Television, Film & Theatre). CLICK ANYWHERE ON THIS HYPERLINK TO SEE ROCIO PONCE IN ACTION!Photobucket – Video and Image Hosting

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

FLAMENCO DANCE CLASSES FOR TEENS & ADULTS

EVERY WEDNESDAY 8PM TO 9:30PM
JANUARY 18TH THROUGH MARTH 14TH, 2012.

TAUGHT BY ROCIO PONCE AT
PLAZA DE LA RAZA, LINCOLN HEIGHTS
3540 North Mission Road
L.A. CA 90031
(THIS CLASS IS NOT HOSTED BY PLAZA DE LA RAZA NOR IS IT ON THE PLAZA DE LA RAZA SCHEDULE LIST)
SO YOU MUST CONTACT ROCIO PERSONALLY AT
aVivirElmomentoFlamenco@gmail.com or 323-333-7067

ADULT RATES (18 & over): $16 drop-in rate, or purchase 4 class package for $60 (save $4), or purchase 9 class package for $116 (save $12). College students w/ proof of I.D. get 15% off drop-in class rate or 20% off already discounted package deals; that's double the discount.

TEEN RATES (18 & under with proof of I.D. or parent verification) $45 for 4 classes (this package must be used with in one month) or $70 for 9 classes (9 week cycle), Drop-in rate $10.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

FLAMENCO ARTS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

Flamenco Dance Classes ever Wednesday 3:pm to 4:30pm

starting January 18th until March 14th.
$2 each class (introductory rate) ---> yes, you heard it --> two dollars each class (FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY).

Where?
Un Solo Sol Kitchen
1818 e. 1st Street
Los Angeles CA 90033
323-807-9552

The program includes:

Compas/Rhythm (with guitar, cajon, solo compas)
Learning to dance to the structure of cante por fiestas dances
History & Theory
Improvisation
Some cante & jaleos

Also, join us at:
http://www.facebook.com/aVivirElmomentoFlamenco

CHECK OUT WHAT THESE CHILDREN LEARNED IN BOYLE HEIGHTS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vff4jzPnmw

Don't forget to join me also at:
http://poncerocio.blogspot.com/