AP Spanish Attends Flamenco Fieldtrip


Nikitha Mupparaju and Evan Pappas

Flamenco dancing is an important part of Spanish culture, so it would only make sense that the Spanish class would have the chance to experience it, too. In October, the AP Spanish students took a field trip to the GALA Theatre in Washington D.C. to watch a live flamenco show.

Spanish teachers Christina Berstein, Christina Buonomo, and Angela Williams accompanied the class. 

The GALA Theatre is a “Performing Arts Center in Washington DC by Latino artists presenting classical and contemporary masterpieces in Spanish and English,” the its website explained.  

The show taught the basics of flamenco. This was especially difficult since the seats were filled with teenagers and elementary-aged students. The show lasted for about one hour, and it introduced many flamenco folk dances from Spain. 

“I thought it was fantastic; there was really nothing that I didn’t like. The performers were great, and I thought it was awesome that they invited people on the stage to try it out. The audience was really involved,”, Ms.Buonomo explained. 

Flamenco uses classical guitar with finger picking to give a classical, and beautiful quality to the dance and its music. A singer makes vocalizations during the dance to add emotion and integrity, while the dancers watching the performance keep the tempo by clapping. The dancer has castanets that he or she uses to add an extra flare to the dance. Along with all of this, the dancers make beats with their shoes, really bringing together the dance. This melody of rhythm and dance creates a performance that is not to be forgotten. 

The dancers on the show also invited kids to go up on stage and try their hand at flamenco dancing. They used castanets and specially heeled tap shoes to keep the beat when they were dancing. 

“The trip was great. I enjoyed the dance and got a good experience of Spanish culture,” sophomore Tyler Ebersole explained.  

The dancers also introduced the instruments and singers used to make the music. A Spanish guitar was used to play the music for the flamenco.  

The dancers were very experienced in dancing; two of them had been dancing flamenco their entire lives, and the other two had been dancing for 10-15 years. Both the singer and the guitarist developed their skills from early in their lives. 

“I think that the show was very cool, and I think it is important to experience the culture of different countries, especially when you are learning the language,” said freshmen Grace Konizeski. 

After the show the students ate lunch at one of the many restaurants surrounding the theater.