A performance of Spanish dance — including but not limited to flamenco — by local dance teacher Batista, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2nd, at Magicopolis Theatre, 1418 Fourth St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $25.
Batista will perform Spanish and Argentinean styles of dance and will present dances from the Lola Montes Dance Company repertoire along with original work.
“Spanish dance has many different forms,” says Batista. “People know and think of it just in terms of flamenco, but there are many other styles.
“The classical Spanish form, for example, known as “escuela bolera” is based on ballet and flamenco techniques. One must have a solid background in both disciplines to be able to experience the flame, rhythm and passion of one, while blending beauty and grace with the other. I would call it the best of both worlds.”
Batista says she believes that the influence of “escuela bolera” is not widespread enough locally and that she intends to “bring it back to life” in stage productions.
Batista (born Marie-Baptiste Gremaud) was formally trained from the age of three in ballet with emphasis in Spanish classical dance from teachers in Switzerland, Holland, United States and Spain.
She has toured as a dancer throughout Europe and the United States over the past three decades.
Her dance performance credits include roles in Guernica at Barnsdall Theater; Goya at the Hollywood Bowl with Placido Domingo; and in Carmen with the Los Angeles Opera.
FlamencoLA Dance Studio in Westchester (formerly Marina Dance Center) is Batista’s latest teaching endeavor, where she offers Spanish dance classes for children and adults, gearing in on basic technique, footwork, arms and castanets.
Lessons are taught Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for children ages six through 12; and at 10:30 a.m. for beginner adults. Classes are $55 for a series of four weekly sessions.
Information, (310) 645-9756.