Diana Dinicola will perform the intense, expressive flamenco! Diana draws on extensive travel and study in the cradle of flamenco in Andalucia, Spain, demonstrating various styles to show the full range of emotional expression possible in the genre. Enjoy the performance, then stay afterwards for an introductory lesson in this powerful, exciting dance form.
Flamenco is a system of singing, music and dance with roots going back over 500 years to Moorish Spain. Primarily a folk form until the 19th century, it was preserved and developed by Gitano families living in oppression on the fringes of society. Emerging into the cafes and later the theaters of Spain, it became a commercial art form with a structure around which artists could improvise and create in collaboration. Diana holds a diploma for the advanced level intensive training program at the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain, has attended the National Flamenco Institute at the University of New Mexico and returns to Spain yearly for continuing professional development. She performs regularly and has appeared with many famous dancers. She is a co-founder of Flamenco Louisville and an active educator, teaching flamenco dance in Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, for the KY Governor’s School for the Arts and the Louisville Ballet.