Popular Tapestry of Dance Workshops Continue at the J
Monday, September 17, 2018

The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC continues its successful Tapestry of Dance Workshops series with an Introduction to Bollywood on October 4 followed by a six-week Introduction to Flamenco Workshop October 7 through November 11.

In the Introduction to Bollywood Workshop on October 4 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, instructor Nabeel Jawad will teach participants a fun dance routine. No Bollywood dance experience is required. Dancers should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to move and have fun.

Jawad is an enthusiastic dancer from Houston who is trained in Bollywood dance. He has danced across the nation, performing competitively and loves to be on stage. He is known for his fun, energetic way of teaching Bollywood and loves to encourage everyone to have a good time.

The workshop is open to members and public and is $12 pre-registered online or $16 at the door.

Back by popular demand, instructor Ana Maria Barcelo will teach a six-week Introduction to Flamenco Workshop October 7 through November 11 at 3:00 PM-4:00 PM.

Students will learn basic movements of hands and arms (braceo), body alignment, compass, as well as the first combinations of footwork techniques (zapateo). In addition students will learn the basic variation of body turns (giros) and the rhythm and the structure of the different flamenco styles. They will learn a short choreography using all these elements.

“We are excited to have Ana Maria return to the J to share her expertise with students interested in learning more about flamenco dance,” stated Maxine Silberstein, program coordinator for the Tapestry of Dance Workshops.

Students should wear comfortable clothes (gym clothes). Women should bring a long skirt and students need flamenco shoes. A link will be provided to buy shoes. The class is designed for people with little or no previous flamenco experience.

Ana Maria Barcelo began taking ballet classes when she was 3 years-old in her native country of Puerto Rico. As her passion for dance grew, she began flamenco classes with Antonio Santaella, a renowned Spanish dancer from Granada. She performed in his company “Mosaico Almudejar.”

To improve her flamenco skills, Barcelo has been frequently traveling to Spain to take classes in prestigious flamenco schools. With over 15 years of performing and teaching experience, her energetic and joyful dance is the culmination of extensive training under the guidance of expert flamenco figures such as Alfonso Losa, Maria Juncal and El Farru among many others.

The fee for the workshop is $54 for members and $81 for public.


To register online or check out our complete listing of dance classes visit or call 713.551.7217.

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