Hola Clare, Fenomenal Flamenco Espanol..por favor!
If there was ever somebody that caught my attention so quickly in life by what they had done, it was Clare Brumby from Halewood.
Clare ticks all the right boxes in my life, as somebody who chases a dream and gets what she wants.
She has just returned from a months long stay in Barcelona, Catalonia Spain, to learn flamenco and pay tribute to Spain’s greatest flamenco performer, Carmen Amaya.
Clare was taught by professional flamenco dancer and teacher, Toni Moniz and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Moniz, who runs Escuela de Baile Flamenco Jose de la Vega, Barcelona, created choreography for Clare based on an old Carmen routine performed by the dancer in one of her many film appearances.
Clare told me that the training process was very hard work, but it was an amazing experience and she feels so grateful to have the opportunity to learn more about flamenco culture and find out about what made Amaya unique.
Amaya started dancing before her teenage years up until the early 1960’s and stood out because she was so strong.
Clare says” Her footwork was so fast that even male flamenco dancers couldn’t match her, but what I discovered through learning similar dance steps, was that while she challenged gender roles within flamenco, her performances were also about confidence and having great strength in her femininity.”
This year marks the Centennial of Carmen Amaya’s birth, and the works created by Clare, during her numerous workshops will be shown, in a celebration event, using the amazing floor-space of the Academy, Halewood on Tuesday 19th November, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Carmen Amaya’s birth.
Halewood Academy 15.30-17.15pm
The Avenue Halewood L26 1UU
Checkout Clare’s full project and be amazed…….