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Born and trained in Spain, and now based in Houston, dancer/educator Silvia Salamanca draws from the dance genre tribal fusion to put her own twist on zambra mora, which combines both Spanish gypsy and Arabic influences. In 2013, Salamanca helped launch SA’s inaugural Gitana Revolucion, and returns this week to lead workshops and headline a Saturday night showcase. In addition to Salamanca’s performance, the main event boasts live music from Dum Tek Support and presentations by Ballet Folklorico de Navarro, Desert Moonbeams and event organizer Giomara Bazaldua, among others.
The San Antonio Burlesque Festival kicks off on Friday night with performances by Gaige, Foxxy Blue Orchid, Jasper St. James, and farewell performances by Olympia DeWinter and Stephan, the current reigning King and Queen of Burlesque in San Antonio. To finish off the night, former New Orleans Queen of Burlesque and Director of Austin Academy of Burlesque, Coco Lectric, will take the SABF stage.
In this workshop led by Shannon Doah, attendees will enter into a world of seduction. There will be discussions led by Doah about the art of taking clothes off using tease, flash, peel, and play, with an emphasis on sensuality. She will also show participants ways to use the body, hands, and eyes to create exciting visuals as well as how to connect with your audience while on stage. Wear comfortable clothes and make sure to bring heals. You can even bring your own panels, dusters, gowns, or costume pieces if you are feeling adventurous.
In this workshop led by Michelle L’amour attendees will focus on the shimmy, bounce and twerk. L’amour will teach the basics of several bootyshimmies and isolations as well as tone and stretch at the end. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing.
In this workshop led by Waxie Moon, attendees will learn and explore a variety of practical choreographic and staging techniques to help create dynamic burlesque acts. This class will help demystify the challenge of creating solo and group choreography. All levels are welcome and make sure to wear clothes that are easy to move in.
Local, regional, and national performers take the stage to compete for a number of titles such as Best Duo, Best Group, Most Creative and the coveted titles of Queen and King of San Antonio Burlesque. Along with these fabulous contestants, Burlesque Legend Shannon Doah, Waxie Moon, and Michelle L’amour will take the stage and show the audience exactly how the art of Burlesque is done.
An all-male company founded to present a playful, entertaining view of traditional dance in parody form. The company performs the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire with equal measures of buffoonery and technical aptitude.
Put together by a joint effort of Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony, The San Antonio Nutcracker is back to help jump-start you into the holiday season. Created by San Antonio artists for San Antonio audiences, this enduring classic brings Tchaikovsky’s original vision to life. Through exquisite choreography, sets, costumes, and live symphonic music, viewers will fall effortlessly into Claire’s world as she is transported through the magical world we know as The Nutcracker.
Taylor is one of the pioneers of the modernist movement who transformed dance in the mid-20th century. The Paul Taylor Dance Company is famous for Taylor’s wit, excellence in precision, emotionally provocative topics and its observations on life’s complexities while tackling some of society’s thorniest issues.
Set to the famed Prokofiev score performed by the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio bring the Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet to life. Choreographed by Ben Stevenson, this production of the star-crossed lovers will leave you spellbound and even more in love with Romeo and Juliet.
The Peking Acrobats have redefined perceptions of the ancient but evolving art of Chinese acrobatics and regularly push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing dexterity and skill. They are experts at treacherous wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling and gymnastics.
Choreographed by the iconic George Balanchine and Ballet San Antonio's Artistic Director, Gabriel Zertuche, this performance offers an evening of contemporary works.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet exudes a European aesthetic charged with American vigor, blending athleticism with classical refinement and celebrating the spirit of the American West.
The magic of Cirque returns by popular demand. Prepare yourself for an evening of high flying aerialists, daredevil cyclists and more acrobatic feats of wonder. All choreographed to classical music performed by the San Antonio Symphony.
This vibrant new take on Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, born through collaboration with theater and film director Nancy Meckler and international choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is a powerful infusion of drama and dance.
The Parks and Recreation Department’s Fandango and Alamotion dance troupes join forces to present a festive performance inspired by exotic vacation destinations including Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean.
Salon Mexico offers a basic class in Waltz and Paso Doble. All classes are in Heritage Hall at University of the Incarnate Word. You can park in the front parking lot on your right but only in the unreserved spaces. You can also park in the administration lot on the left of the next entrance to the campus, opposite Bill Miller's. Do not park at Central Market or Post Office.
The nocturnal Count returns to San Antonio in this critically acclaimed production choreographed by Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche.
Award-winning choreographer Ben Stevenson returns to San Antonio to stage Romeo and Juliet in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. The Shakespearean tale of forbidden love will feature sets and costumes from the Houston Ballet and Prokofiev’s famed score performed live by the San Antonio Symphony.
The company will round out its season in March with an evening of contemporary works spotlights choreography by the iconic George Balanchine and Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche.
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If Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett’s upcoming album of duets with Lady Gaga sounds crazy to you, realize your grandparents were equally perplexed in the late 1950s when the already famous Bennett started recording with jazz legends Art Blakey and Count Basie. From his first chart topper (“Because of You,” 1951) to his most recent offering (2011’s Duets II, released on his 85th birthday), Bennett—a WWII vet who helped liberate a concentration camp, marched for civil rights with MLK, and has a painting displayed in the Smithsonian—has been a fill-in for Perry Como and a mentor on American Idol, Johnny Carson’s first musical guest and Amy Winehouse’s last collaborator, all without significantly altering his style or song selection. God forbid he ever actually try to reinvent himself, because America just doesn’t make them like that anymore.
First in Christopher Guest’s acclaimed list of ensemble cast “improvisational” comedies (followed by Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration), the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap chronicles a fictional British heavy metal band touring America tour in support of a comeback album titled Smell the Glove. Through concert footage and interviews with filmmaker Marty Di Bergi (Rob Reiner), the band’s dim present and bizarre past comes to light complete with anecdotes about former drummers who died by spontaneous combustion, a bizarre gardening accident and choking to death on the vomit of person(s) unknown.
Hyped as “the biggest show of the year,” promoter Rey Lopez’s birthday extravaganza lures eight RuPaul’s Drag Race alums to the Heat for an over-the-top night of high camp and seasoned lip-synching. Emceed by 2014 Best of San Antonio winner Tencha La Jefa, the gender-bending bash features performances by Season 2 fan favorite Raven (a self-described “bitter bitch” who styles herself as a “mysterious, dark, ice queen”); Laotian queen Jujubee (who enjoys “long walks on the beach, big dicks and fried chicken”); costume designer and insult comic Bianca Del Rio (the series’ first ever Hispanic winner, pictured); “overwhelmingly disliked” showgirl Phi Phi O’Hara (who stirred up heaps of controversy on Season 4); Puerto Rican performer Yara Sofia (who took home the title of Miss Congeniality on Season 3); fellow Boricua Jessica Wild (a choreographer and recording artist who’s collaborated with Mexican superstar Gloria Trevi); SoCal drag fixture Detox Icunt (a member of the band Tranzkuntinental who’s made appearances in videos for Rihanna and Ke$ha); and Miss Gay America 2010 Alyssa Edwards (an accomplished “nailographer” and drag mother of fellow Texan Shangela Laquifa Wadley).
Austin-based journalist and author Chris Tomlinson became a reporter in 1994, covering the end of Apartheid in South Africa and reporting from 50 countries and nine war zones including Rwanda, Somalia, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq. Hailed as a “masterpiece of authentic American history,” his book Tomlinson Hill tells the stories of two families who trace their roots to a slave plantation that bears their name.
With a nod to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and its lecture series Mixed Taste, the McNay launched its own Mash-Up Series in 2012 and continues it this week with an interactive experience inviting participants to “make the mash-up connection” between professor of Islamic art Stephennie Mulder and pastry chefs Anne Ng and Jeremy Madrell.
A new River Walk destination dedicated to preserving and interpreting the art, history, and culture of the American West, The Briscoe Western Art Museum invites the public to beat the heat at its Summer Sol Fest, a free event with food trucks and live music by Austin’s award-winning Latin funk orchestra Brownout.
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