SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- To
kick of Spanish Heritage month, a non-profit has been celebrating Spanish arts
for the past 13 years. The Flamenco Arts Festival
is working to bring a piece of Spain to Santa Barbara. With every dance move, it's
a step into another culture, another world.
"You don't know Spain until
you experience a little bit of Flamenco," says Flamenco Dance Teacher Paloma
That's why the Flamenco Arts
Festival is bringing 9 dancers from Spain to perform at the Granada theater in
Santa Barbara. "Jesus Carmona is our
artist," says Flamenco Arts Festival Artistic Director Vibiana PIzano. "And he
is coming to the U.S. with his company for the first time."
Flamenco Arts Festival
organizers hope to pack 1,500 seats in the Granada theater to support Spanish
arts in Santa Barbara.
"There's a lot of Spanish
influence here," says Pizano. "A lot of Spanish culture. Flamenco is alive and
well in Santa Barbara so this was a perfect place for us to bring a Flamenco
For Paloma Rios, it's a
chance for her students to experience the real thing.
"Some of these kids can't
afford to go to Spain, buy a ticket to go over there," say Rios. "Some of these
kids, it's the first time they see real Flamenco direct from Spain and this has
been an inspiration."
To purchase a ticket or
donate visit www.flamencoarts.org