Testimonials

“Just to say how much I appreciated all the work and play that you and the dancers put in to the show. It’s rare to see and feel such a sense of shared community embracing both the artists and the audience.
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Tony Montague
Arts Reporter and Reviewer, B.C.

“Je voulais juste te féliciter pour ton spectacle de cette année.  C’était absolument fabuleux et les meilleurs $30 Que j’ai dépensés depuis des années! La joie qui radiait des danseurs et des musiciens était infectieuse et je sourie depuis. Un énorme bravo!
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Anne Fouron
Computer Programmer, Vancouver

“I was at the Friday performance and absolutely loved it ALL!!  It was just amazing.  The concept of pairings was genius.  It was hard to know where to cast my eyes because I wanted to take in all of the richness of the dual/twin/simultaneous/juxtaposed expressions AND not miss a detail of the individual performances.  Honestly! Thank you for sharing who you are and the beauty you create through Flamenco… The world is a better place because of you.
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Sandra Vander Schaaf
Author and Photographer, Vancouver

“I found the whole show highly affecting and moving. I think it had something to do with the absolute commitment of the performers and the spirit of play/solemnity that ran throughout the night. The dance pairings was a brilliant concept. To see two dancers, in communication and connection, dancing side by side to the same music but expressing it through their own medium – that was truly inspired. And to me it showed just how complex a form flamenco is… it was completely compelling to see the live contrast and blend with tap, Indian classical, contemporary and bellydance.
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Sharon Tamaro
Research Officer/Epidemiologist, Vancouver

“It was a treat to witness this energetic & supportive community first hand. Congratulations on executing the pairings concept so well with such well-matched partners, on bringing an international dancer into the fold to raise the bar, on your own stunning performances, and on gathering two full nights of audience members. Thank you for giving the artists & the audiences a chance to grow their wings.
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Dayna Szyndrowski
Tap Dancer, “Raíces y Alas” artist 2013, 2015, 2016

“Thanks to you all for allowing me be a part of the performances this past weekend.  It was a pleasure to take part and to witness all of your performances.  Truly inspirational!
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Tyson Naylor
Juno Award-winning Pianist, “Raíces y Alas” artist 2013

I feel deeply honored to have been asked to perform in this show. As a Middle Eastern dancer ‘Bellydancer’, the stigma and assumption of what I do and love to death haunts me everyday- whether it’s someone making inappropriate comments to me when I am dancing or when I tell them what I do, to disdainful looks from females when I am performing, to being told that bellydancers are same-same as prostitutes in the Middle East. It’s a battle us Middle Eastern dancers fight nearly everyday. To have the chance to share my passion and artistry of my dance form was emotional because it meant that I became an ambassador for my dance and play a part in educating the public about what we are and what we are not
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Ashley Kirkham
Middle Eastern Dancer, “Raíces y Alas” artist 2013

“A big thank you to you for welcoming a relative stranger into your community for this concert. I felt very honoured to be part of this show. The sense of shared enjoyment and community were just so apparent – it was a genuine pleasure to see you work with each other, and to feel it all come together on stage was a really special experience.
- Tim Gerwing (Percussionist and Composer, “Raíces y Alas” artist 2013)
Never shook my head so much in disbelief at the genius and generic breaking concepts [of COLORES].  I loved it.  “Raíces y Alas” is so needed in Vancouver.
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Shyiang Strong
Flamenco Dancer, “Raíces y Alas” artist 2010

“I just wanted to let you know that the production of “Raíces y Alas [COLORES]” was flamenco/dance art at its finest. All the artists totally bought into the concept of colour, and I have been thinking about each individual piece, non-stop, since leaving the theatre. I felt like the stories that were brought forward were accessible, and that I could interpret the dance through my lens, through my experience. As an audience member, I don’t often feel included in that way.”
Julie Cochrane
Graphic Artist

“Raíces” performance may prove to be a challenge to your idea of traditional flamenco, but,
should you venture into their domain, you will be handsomely treated to a feast of beautiful
classical and contemporary stylings in courageous exploration and bold, unpredictable drama.
I never pass up a chance to see their latest creations!
Marta Robertson-Smyth
Artist, Vancouver

“As a cellist and flamenco dancer, just getting together to work with another flamenco dancer
and former cellist to share some input into choreography and artistic vision was the rarest
of opportunities – one I am sure I will never in my life be presented with. The result –
a merging of the Hungarian fire of Kodaly and the Spanish duende of the bata de cola birthed
something of a terrifying angel. The work was something so dark and raw it was almost painful
to watch. I am very proud of what we created together, and honored to have given it wings.
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Cyrena Huang
Cellist and Flamenco Dancer, “Raíces y Alas” artist 2011, 2012, 2013

“Participating in “Raíces y Alas” has been a wonderful experience. It has given me the opportunity
to explore the borders between flamenco and other forms, to present new work in a unique forum
that encourages experimentation and imagination and to expand my own vocabulary of dance movement.
“Raíces y Alas” has, over the last few years, exposed Lower Mainland audiences to new expressions
of the art of flamenco. It has enabled some of our most talented artists to dance, sing and play
around the edges of flamenco and, as a result, more fully experience the central essence of this art.
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Michelle Harding
Flamenco Dancer, “Raíces y Alas” artist 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

“The thump of the shoes, the twirling skirts… “Raíces y Alas” fills the senses. I was
spellbound by the raw emotion of the dancers and musicians, they were unafraid to push
themselves wholeheartedly into the moment.
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Charlene Daley
Vocational Trainer, Vancouver

“Working in “Raíces y Alas” since its first inception and the following show was inspiring. Andrea
and I have always dreamt of working together and combining our different disciplines of dance. It
was astonishing to have multiple creative visions come to life. I as an artist I felt nurtured in
the process of the show. I gained knowledge about flamenco dance and at the same time I shared my
experience in contemporary dance with other. Every year my mind was constantly thinking of “Raíces
y Alas”, of choreography for the next show, how it would develop, and who would be a part of it.
Every year was a different creation from the last. I enjoyed the variety of artists that came
together to make dance and music magic. The rehearsal process was fantastic and full of moments
of beauty. It is an experience not to be missed.
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Natalie Hobbs
Contemporary Dancer, “Raíces y Alas” artist 2010, 2011