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Sat, Jun 24



Midwest Flamenco Festival

Join us for this very special opportunity to learn more about Flamenco with talks from experts, dance classes with teachers from Sevilla and the US and support classes with yours truly! We will also dine together so that we can appreciate Spanish food and wine and good company, all in the Midwest!

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Midwest Flamenco Festival
Midwest Flamenco Festival

Time & Location

Jun 24, 2023, 10:30 AM – Jun 25, 2023, 6:00 PM

Liberty, Liberty, MO, USA

About the Event

We have options!  You can sign up for a single class, multiple classes or the whole festival.  You can do the festival online or in person.  Best prices are for the entire festival but pick what works for you!

Saturday June 24 Schedule (all times are Central Standard)

10:30-11:30 am Fandangos Class with Maribel Ramos (joining us online from Sevilla, Spain and projected onto a huge screen with amplified sound.)

11:30-1:30 pm lunch (you are free to bring your own lunch or to eat at one of the restuarants in the area-I can give recommendations.)

1:30-2:30 pm Review class with Melinda (we will review and practise what Maribel teaches us.)

2:30-3:30 pm Fin de Fiesta Bulerías class with Carol Basilio (in Liberty MO with us)

4:00-5:00 pm Alfonso Cid Lecture Workshop about Fandangos

6:00-7:00 pm Dinner out on the town together at Trago Bar & Tapas (Liberty, MO)

Head Chef Kandi is also the owner of her own business and her recipes are her own creation from a mix of family influences from different Spanish speaking countries.  She has designed our menu for the night and for this meal we will all share multiple tapas of:

Black beans & plantains, Cuban sandwiches with fried potatoes, Charcuterie, House meatballs in tomato compote (marinara), Caprese tomato salad, Tostadas and a glass of Sangria.

Sunday June 25 Schedule

10:30-11:30 am Fin de Fiesta Bulerías class with Carol Basilio (in Liberty MO with us)

11:30-1:00 pm lunch (you are free to bring your own lunch or to eat at one of the restuarants in the area-I can give recommendations.)

1:15-2:15 pm Fandangos Class with Maribel Ramos 

2:15-3:15 pm Review class with Melinda (we will review and practise what Maribel teaches us.)

3:30-4:30 pm Ryan Rockmore Lecture Workshop

5:00-6:00 pm Paella dinner prepared personally by Antonio Rojas with Spanish wine and Crema Catalana for dessert

Coming from out of town and need a place to stay the night?  I suggest Home2 Suites by Hilton  

 Reserve at Home2 Suites


Here is a little insight into what Alfonso's talk will be about:

There are nearly a hundred different styles of fandangos just in the province of Huelva. Many of them have evolved over the years from their folk dance forms into art songs developed by singers as solo pieces. In this talk about Fandangos de Huelva, we will go back to the danceable origins of the fandangos, focus in the styles more suitable for dance, the structure of their stanzas, the phrasing of the “tercios” or sang musical phrases, and the harmonic progression of the guitar accompaniment and interludes, or “falsetas”. All of those elements subsequently inform de “baile”.

And the Talk/Discussion by Ryan Rockmore:

Flamenco in Translation: Reflections on Flamenco in the United States by a Queer “Guiri”

In Fernando López Rodríguez’s recently published Historia Queer del Flamenco (soon to be released in English), he dedicates a brief section of the final chapter to the possibility of a kind of “guiri” history in which “not only foreign artists who, inside or outside of Spain, develop a flamenco life by bending to the traditional canons or the ‘flamenco scene’ in cities outside Spain would appear.” What would flamenco look like when approached not from within or with an eye toward Spain and Spanish artists but attended to from this “guiri,” non-Spanish perspective on the margins? A guiri, translated as “foreign tourist,” might romanticize, fetishize, and exoticize; a guiri, reframed as one who returns home with a distinct cultural context, could question, challenge, and innovate. By highlighting local guiri practices in the United States, this lecture will take up the torch and explore how queerness and translation help us challenge our relationship with flamenco on our terrain outside of Spain.

Information about one of our teachers who will join us in person in Liberty, MO:

Carol Basilio cut her flamenco teeth in Philadelphia then went on to study and perform in New York and Sevilla, where she lived for 5 years. In addition to formally studying and performing flamenco, Carol immersed herself in flamenco at tertulias held at various peñas and bars in Sevilla and Jerez, at juergas/jam sessions as well as in the streets where she saw that there is room for absolutely everyone in the circle of bulerías.


  • Full Festival Deal

    This includes all classes and meals listed on the schedule at a discounted price.

    Tax: +$5.00 taxes
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  • Full Festival Online

    This includes all the classes listed in the schedule Online.

    Tax: +$3.40 taxes
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  • Individual Class

    This is for one dance class or lecture class in person or online.

    Tax: +$0.50 taxes
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  • Individual Dinner

    This is for one individual meal either Saturday or Sunday evening. *See schedule for menu.

    Tax: +$1.00 taxes
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  • Maribel Ramos 2 Video Links

    Maribel has requested that attendees pay a modest fee of $12 in order to obtain video links of the two classes that we will take of her to have and keep in order to be able to review at any time. By artist choice, all other video links of classes in the festival are included if you purchase the class.

    Tax: +$0.24 taxes
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