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The Rabbit comes to Tsawwassen
Renowned flamenco singer "El Conejo" (The Rabbit) Azcarate, is coming to perform at the Rosa Negra Fiesta at Los Gitanos Spanish School of Dance, Saturday, Feb. 16.
"I am so proud to be able to promote the development and love of the Flamenco culture here in South Delta and the Lower Mainland," said Bev Mantovani, owner of Los Gitanos. "Over my eight years in this community, I have seen people fall in love with this art form, either dancing with me or attending our performances and fiestas. I am happy to bring some of the Spanish scene to our own backyard without having to travel there."
Mantovani has been invited to attend the Jerez Flamenco Festival in Spain by Vicki Ramos director of Centro De Baile Jerez.
"I will be attending with a few of my students to a 12-day intense training to further our study of Flamenco dance and bring it back to Canada," said Mantovani.
The festival takes place from Feb. 19 to March 2, and features expert dancers and teachers including Rafaela Carrasco, Maria Jose Franco, Beatriz Morales, Pilar Ogalla and Adela Campallo.
"I hope to incorporate some of the new things I learn at our annual performance early in June at the Tsawwassen Art Centre," added Mantovani.
For those who stay behind and cannot attend the festival, the Rosa Negra Fiesta will give them a taste of the "tablao". This performance will be featuring Bev Mantovani and students of Los Gitanos and the highlight of the evening will be the performance of singer "El Conejo", accompanied by Rodrigues on guitar and Tsawwassen's Dave McIlroy on percussion.
"My goal is to expose people in our community to different artists, dancers and musicians," Mantovani said. "This is a complex and deep art form and there is always something to learn, to feel and to enjoy."
Tickets are $20 and doors open at 7:30 p.m. The evening includes tapas and great flamenco music, singing and dance. Tickets are limited so book seats early by calling 604-948-8081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Gitanos is located at 40B-1865 56th Street in Tsawwassen (behind McDonald's).