Cante, baile, toque, palmas. These are the singing, dance, guitar music and hand claps that characterize traditional Spanish Flamenco performances.  Originating in Andalusia of Southern Spain, Flamenco is an un-paralleled performance style gaining popularity all around the world.  True flamenco cannot be complete without the romantic marriage of song and music to the hand clapping, foot stomping lyrical dance.  Andalusia’s finest dancers and musicians will be arriving in Tampa for the Flamenco Festival 2013 U.S. Tour which brings flamenco out of Spain and to the rest of the world.

Flamenco-300x300Produced by Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia is thrilling audiences across the U.S.  This world renowned company has made stops in Boston, New York and Washington D.C. before coming to Florida this month.  They will be performing in Tampa on Wednesday, March 13 and Miami from Thursday the 14th through Sunday March 17th.

Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia presents “Metafora”, a juxtaposition of classic and folk elements meeting the talented cast’s highly disciplined technique.  This troupe that comes from the birthplace of the art form exemplifies the dazzling beauty of flamenco.  18 dancers, singers and musicians are directed by award-winning luminary, Ruben Olmo.  With a performance powered by emotion, drama and passion, Metafora, is an evening to delight the senses and move the spirit.  Castanets, fans, traditionally beautiful “bata de cola” Flamenco dresses and passionate heel-and-toe step combinations are just the beginning.  These performers excel with their demanding technique and awe-inspiring athleticism.  They transport the audience across time and space to the cradle of flamenco.  Lovers of Spanish dance will find their love renewed in a whole new way.

Stand out soloists Pastora Galvan and Rocio Molina are some of the best in the world.  Galvan is known for a sensual style and fluid rhythm that breaks the norm.  Molina is thought to be one of the most exciting dancers in the entire world of flamenco and is a major star in the genre.  Reviews for this show are glowing with praise. “The ensemble is appealingly youthful and energetic” – The New York Times “…just when you’re thinking it can’t get any better, Pastora Galván arrives on stage” says De Flamenco.

Tampa flamenco fans should not miss this must see performance.  Newcomers to the art form will become lifelong devotees after this experience.  Tickets are available for purchase on-line now.  Visit to reserve your seats now.  The Straz Center also offers wheelchair seating and sign language interpretation.

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