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Flamboyant Flamenco: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Spain

Flamenco in Madrid Spain

Flemenco is a Spanish fusion of music, singing and dance. Ethnic gypsies from Andalusia in southern Spain had a significant impact on the singing (cante), dancing (baile) and guitar playing (toque) that are used in flamenco. Consider it the “Dancing with the Stars” of Spain.

In this genre, voices can be filled with anguish and pain in cante jondo or express happiness and joy through movements in sevillanas and rumbas. Castanets, hand-clapping and foot-stomping create a lively and energetic performance.

Flamenco culture is native to Andalusia.

Flamenco culture is native to Andalusia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is performed during religious festivals, rituals, ceremonies and celebrations. In November of 2010, UNESCO declared Flamenco one of the masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity which include “traditions, performing arts and practices that are inherited from ancestors and passed on to descendants.”

History and tradition co-exist in the rhythum of tablaos (flamenco stages) and clubs in Madrid where flamenco is very popular. The city offers a wide range of shows and serves as the hub of the record industry that presents this genre to the world.

Corral de la Moreria is one of the oldest Flamenco tablaos in Madrid and has been around since 1956 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfjryeug7FU&feature=related. Another popular venue is Cafe de Chinitas, located in the basement of an 18th century palace. Enjoy the granduer of a Vino con Vista dinner watching flamenco while visiting various regions of Spain.

“The Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity was made by the Director-General of UNESCO starting in 2001 to raise awareness on intangible cultural heritage and encourage local communities to protect them and the local people who sustain these forms of cultural expressions.

Several manifestations of intangible heritage around the world were awarded the title of Masterpieces to recognize the value of the non-material component of culture, as well as entail the commitment of states to promote and safeguard the Masterpieces.

Until 2005, a total of 90 Masterpieces from 70 countries had been proclaimed. 76 more elements were added on 30 September 2009, during the fourth session of the Committee.”

The "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangi...

The “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” is a list maintained by UNESCO with pieces of intangible culture considered relevant by that organization. The map shows the distribution of Masterpieces by State Parties. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“TWILIGHT” is the Hubbard Street Dance Fundraiser at the James Hotel in Chicago

A Hubbard Street Dance Chicago teaching artist...

A Hubbard Street Dance Chicago teaching artist leads a fourth-grade classroom in a movement activity as part of the MIND (Moving In New Directions) residency program. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get tickets for Twilight at the James Hotel in Chicago on Tuesday July 24, 2012. This event will benefit artistic, education and community programs of  Hubbard Street Dance; Chicago’s premier contemporary dance company!

Duckhorn Vineyards

Duckhorn Vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The event is hosted by the luxurious The James Hotel. Napa & Sonoma Valley wineries will be pouring ultra-premium wines! Wineries include Blackbird Vineyards, Chandon, Crocker & Starr, Duckhorn, Nello Olivo and Spring Mountain.

WHERE:  The James Chicago @ 55 E. Ontario in Chicago

WHEN: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

PRICE: VIP 6 PM- 7 PM ($145); General Admission 7PM – 9 PM ($85)

Tickets available now at hubbardstreetdance.com/events or (312) 850-9744 ext. 164

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A Night of Tango in Chicago

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Take a Tango lesson at “A Night of Tango” in Chicago.

WHEN: February 18 7:30PM
WHERE: Loft at Centered Chef 177 N. Ada, Chicago
COST: $30 per person
Learn to Tango under the direction of  Marco Mambelli of Gentle Tango. Your first lesson will be in the Loft at Centered  Chef at 177 N. Ada in Chicago.
Marco Mambelli studied Argentine tango in Italy with Alajandro Aquino and Mariachiara Michieli and other world famous instructors.  He is one of the founders of the University of Chicago Argentine Tango Club and he teaches weekly classes.  Marco’s tango style has elements of contemporary tango along with traditional and romantic tango milonguero.
This one hour tango lesson will be followed by open dancing. The evening also  includes wine and appetizers.
Tango requires cooperation. This is your golden opportunity to learn the basic steps of this beautiful dance.  Bring a partner because it takes “Two to Tango!”
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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Chicago Ballroom Dance Party in Ravenswood

To celebrate the winning of  “The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2012” and continued five star accolades on Yelp, Google and various other sites, Ballroom Dance Chicago invites you to join us for a group class and an evening filled with ballroom dancing, performances, music, champagne toasts and hors d’oeuvres. We will also premier the winning videos of the annual Ballroom Dance Chicago Video Competition.

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When: Friday, January 27, 8 to 10 PM
Where: Ballroom Dance Chicago, 4043 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 105, Chicago, IL.
Cost: FREE for BDC students. $10 per person or like us on Facebook to receive a FREE entry!
BYOB. Champagne toasts and hors d’oeuvres provided.
Must be 21 or older to attend.
RSVPs recommended.
Ballroom Dance Chicago
4043 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 105
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 504-5866

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com


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Ballroom Dance Chicago BYOB Latin Dance Party

Bring your favorite refreshments and enjoy an evening of a fun Latin dance class, professional performance and open dancing.

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When: Thursday, Dec 1st from 8 to 10 PM

Where: Ballroom Dance Chicago located at 4043 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 105

Cost: $25 per person

For more information email info@ballroomdancechicago.com or call (312) 504-5866.

*Participants must be 21 or older

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com


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