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FODAR guest artist Maria Osende shares the art of Flamenco at an open workshop at the spectacular Annapolis Royal Amphitheatre.

No dance experience is necessary to take in FODAR’s Flamenco Workshop conducted by celebrated Flamenco dancer Maria Osende. The hour-long workshop, which takes place at 11 am on Friday, August 18, is free-of-charge and open to everyone. “Open” is definitely the operative word here as the workshop is taking place at Annapolis Royal’s newly minted amphitheatre which looks out over the stunning Annapolis Basin.

Ms. Osende and flamenco dancer Megan Matheson-Hamilton will be performing the Flamenco Duet (El Reto), which has its world premiere at FODAR and runs as part of PROGRAM TWO on Thursday, August 17 and Saturday, August 19 at 8pm. The workshop on August 16 will be a lively introduction to the dance form including rudimentary flamenco footwork, arm and hand movements, and a breakdown of some of the rhythmic patterns that make flamenco so mesmerizing.

Andalusia, in southern Spain, is the heartland of Flamenco. The artform as we know it today is the result of countless generations and cultures that settled in the region over the centuries. Flamenco fuses song (cante), dance (baile) and guitar playing (toque). In 2010 flamenco was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. To get an in-depth look at the history and development of flamenco watch UNESCO Flamenco.

To see more video and to learn more about El Reto and the artists visit Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal runs from Tuesday, August 15 through Saturday, August 19 at King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal. Tickets for FODAR are available online at

FODAR 2017 is funded in part by: the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, by Arts Nova Scotia/support4culture, by Canada Council for the Arts, and also by Business for the Arts.