DUENDE: Flamenco Dance & Culture - Angelina Ramirez | Artistic Director/Founder - Flamenco Por La Vida

Tuesdays, November 3 - November 24

10:00AM - 11:30AM, MST 

Live on Zoom


Duende classes combine historical and cultural learning through film, literature and cuisine! Learn the origins of Flamenco and study the specific styles and artistic journeys of many renowned Flamenco artists. No experience necessary and almost all movements can be done in a chair and easily at home. Enjoy guided Spanish recipes too each week! Ingredient Lists below:


11/3 - Pan con Tomate (Toast with Tomato)

  • 2 large, ripe beefsteak tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • Ciabatta, Baguette or Crusty Rustic Bread
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, split in half
  • Salt
  • Box Grater
  • Oven or Toaster


11/12-  Zanahorias Aliñadas (Marinated Carrots)

  • 1 lb  carrot, trimmed and scraped (about 1 1/2-inches in diameter)
  • 3 -4 large  garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 12-2 teaspoons  cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons  dried oregano
  • 1 pinch  crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon  coarse salt(kosher or sea)
  • 12cup  extra virgin olive oil, plus
  • 1 teaspoon fragrant extra virgin olive oil
  • 12cup  fresh lemon juice
  • 1 12 tablespoons best quality red wine vinegar
  • 1 large pot of boiling salted water
  • 16-32 ounce jar



11/19 Tortilla de Patata (Spanish Omelette)

  • Olive Oil 
  • 2 Yukon Gold Potatoes 
  • 1/2 Medium Yellow Onion 
  • 6 Eggs
  • Sea salt
  • 10-12 inch Non- Stick Skillet 


11/26 Saffron Aioli 

  • 1-2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1-2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • Large pinch of saffron threads (Trader Joe's has inexpensive Saffron. Only one jar needed.)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Blender, One mason Jar


About the Program:

One of the beautiful things about flamenco dance is that anyone regardless of age, nationality, gender or body can do it. Flamenco welcomes dancers of all shapes, sizes, and ages. It is popular Spanish belief that flamenco ability improves with age. It is an older dancer, that has the emotional experience and journey to deliver an authentic performance. Flamencos call this duende. 


Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Location: Zoom (participants will be emailed the Zoom meeting information 1 week prior to the start of class)

To Register: Call (480) 644-6564 or Email: engagement@mesaartscenter.com  


About the Instructor: 

Angelina Ramirez began studying Flamenco at the age of nine with Olivia Rojo in Tucson, Arizona.   She continued her studies at the National Institute of Flamenco Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico studying with Eva Encinias, Joaquin Encinias, Omyara Amaya and Marisol Encinias.  Angelina became an original member of Yjastros, the American Flamenco Repertory Company. Upon returning to Arizona, Angelina founded Flamenco Por La Vida.  In 2012, Angelina along with collaborators Monica Robles and Ruben Gonzalez, opened 5th Row Dance Studios.  Angelina along with FPLV partner Olivia Rojas present two festivals in the Phoenix Community: Lluvia Flamenca in collaboration with Stateside Presents and The Phoenix Festival de España with The Phoenix Center for the Arts.  During the 2014-15 season and 2017, Angelina toured with world-renowned, New York based company Noche Flamenca in their production of Antigona.  Angelina and her company Flamenco Por La Vida were awarded the 2014 Phoenix Mayors Arts Award for Best Dance Organization and in 2016 was a nominee for a Governor's Arts award in the individual artists category. Angelina was a teaching artists for the inaugural Creative Aging Institute and was selected to attend the annual National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Leadership Institute.  


Registration Limited: 20