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Pentangle brings Flamenco to Woodstock

Pentangle Arts Council is going global in November with a sizzling dance performance that has its roots in Spain: "Flamenco Dance Project: ¡Flamenqueando!"

This world-renowned Flamenco group, led by artistic director Sabrina Avilés, will light up the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Avilés and her talented troupe will take the stage with critically-acclaimed guitarist Juanito Pascual, top U.S-based Flamenco singer David Castellano, Seville-native Alfonso Cid, and world-renowned dancer Jose Moreno. Percussionist Sergio Martinez, formerly of the National Orchestra of Spain, will drive the fiery Flamenco rhythm with his extraordinary work on the cajón. 

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Photo courtesy of Pentangle Arts Council
The Flamenco Dance Project, in Woodstock on Friday, Nov. 9, has also performed at Bennington College. Dan Roberts, assistant director of student life there, called Flamenco Dance Project "a one-of-a-kind experience" for his students: "The artistry of the performance was something to behold, and the high caliber of the performance was a topic of conversation on our campus long after the show was over."

While these performers come from various backgrounds, their goal is the same: to preserve the historic tradition of Flamenco and promote intercultural understanding through their work. To this end, Flamenco Dance Project has traveled to various venues, leaving an indelible impression on the audiences the world over.

The captivating spectacle of Flamenco - a blend of stirring vocals, driving rhythms, and passionate dance - has long been a part of Spanish tradition and the entertainment world. The term "Flamenco" was first seen in literature in the late 18th century. This music morphed as it took on the various influences in its midst, including music from Moorish culture. Over the centuries, this uniquely beautiful performance has gained fans all over the globe. (Believe it or not, there are now more Flamenco schools in Japan than in Spain!) More recently, Flamenco has also been inspiring a new following among the younger generation.

Flamenco Dance Project has worked to further expand the reach of this amazing art form by going into a number of schools and community centers throughout the U.S. This will continue on Nov. 8, when the troupe will give our next Arts in Education performance at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre at 10:30 a.m., followed by a special visit to Woodstock Union High School later that afternoon. They will also give a lively demonstration at the Thompson Senior Center the next day. 

Flamenco Dance Project's visit to Woodstock will culminate with their fiery Main Stage performance at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Friday evening show are $23 in advance ($20 for members), and $25 on the day of the show. A special $12 price for students is available by phone or by visiting the office.

For more information, tickets, and a special video preview, visit www.pentanglearts.org. Further details are available at www.flamencodanceproject.com.