American-born flamenco expert Pablo Rodarte spent nearly 25 years in Spain, studying and perfecting every nuance of the fiery Spanish dance. And now that he's settled here, you don't expect the man to cool his heels, do you? In hopes of encouraging dance enthusiasts to learn flamenco, Rodarte is offering a three-hour Guajiras Workshop today from 2 to 5 p.m. A sensual style that blends Afro-Cuban and Spanish dance traditions into a flirtatious whirlwind of fancy footwork and flipping fans, the guajiras is certain to cast a spell over willing beginners. It's also a couples' dance, a rarity in contemporary flamenco. "Until the '60s, men and women partnered with each other, but in modern times, it's become a dance of virtuosity," Rodarte notes. "It's now so competitive between the male and female that they don't dance together anymore." Pity.
Learn guajiras steps from a master at Lisa T's Dance Academy, located at the Denver Sports Center, 5555 West Evans Avenue; there is a $100 fee to participate. Call 303-895-0283 or go to www.pablorodarte.com.
Sun., Aug. 5