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Beach Dances: Flamenco for All Workshop with Paola Escobar

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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Highway

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Borderline Flamenco, Flamenco for All is an an introductory Flamenco workshop that offers a liberating way to enter this complex tradition. The workshop focuses on the flamenco structures, uses improvisation as a fundamental tool to approach movement, and incorporates the students’ own movement background into the experience.

The class is designed for participants with or without training in flamenco or any other dance form. As part of the activity I will bring hand fans (that are part of the flamenco tradition) of different colors, and we will explore movement possibilities around the fan. Bring a reusable water bottle, sun protection, and dress to move. All levels welcome.


Paola Escobar (2019 Annenberg Community Beach House Choreographer-in-Residence) is a Colombian artist who creates transcultural work that combines her Latin-American background with her interest in the flamenco tradition, African culture, and contemporary art. Escobar's work reflects on memory and cultural identity, and deals with current issues of immigration, hierarchies of power, and cultural perception. Escobar has toured and performed in festivals in France, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, United States, and Colombia. In 2005, Escobar received the Colombian National Award for her piece Flamenco 24 Horas. Escobar holds an MFA in Choreography from CalArts, and a BFA in Performance from the University of Florida. borderlinemovement.com

Join us for a week of contemporary dance open rehearsal, workshops and performances from local choreographers Heyward Bracey & Nguyen Nguyen, Paola Escobar, Maya Gingery, Rebeca Hernandez, DaEun Jung, Shaina Lynn & Isabel Ivey, Carol McDowell, alexx shilling and Christine Suarez, plus Encounter (organized by Mariel Carranza). Beach Dances: Shared Practice is curated by Allison Wyper of Rhizomatic Arts.

Explore the full program schedule here.

Beach Dances: Shared Practice situates the practice and creation of dance in the daily life of the beach. While the artists work, you are invited into an open-air glimpse of the rehearsal room – and a new perspective on the movements of beachgoers around you.

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Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site. Picnickers welcome (no pets, alcohol or glass permitted onsite.)

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email culture@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Accessibility: The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. If you require any special disability-related accommodations, please contact us at culture@smgov.net, call us at (310) 458-8350 or TDD: (310) 458-8696 at least 5 days prior to the event.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr-Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture and santamonica.gov/arts/beach-culture

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8 pm in the summer and 3 pm in the offseason, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

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