Forbidden for centuries, Zambra is a Spanish dance and music tradition of Moorish, Sephardi and Gypsy origins that has survived against all odds for more than 500 years to become a cultural phenomenon during the first half of the 20th century. Unfortunately, Zambra (also known as Zambra Mora) is now an art in danger of extinction.
I am Puela Lunaris, founder of Dances of the World Society. Since 1994, I have been devoted to researching and rescuing different styles of Zambras, especially the Flamenco forms I loved from childhood. With your support, I will create The Zambra Online Resource Center so you can benefit from my extensive research.
I was born and raised in Montánchez, an ancient village in Southwestern Spain with an impressive Morisco castle, which used to be part of al-Andalus. The women in the village sang Zambras a lot. I have fond memories of dancing to Zambras as a child.
However, producing The Zambra Online Resource Center is not just a personal quest. Zambra is an essential patrimony we need to protect because Zambra is a tradition of great significance for many dancers and musicians around the world.
The Zambra Online Resource Center is one of my initiatives as founder of Dances of the World Society. Through DWS, I’ve partnered with organizations and individuals who support my endeavors in preserving dance and music traditions in danger of extinction. I am working to save the wisdom inherent in these traditions, which is such an important legacy to preserve for future generations.
I’ve completed ethnographic field research in Morocco, Iraq Jordan, and Spain. Always fascinated by world dance ethnic traditions, I have also learned a great deal by dancing in the kitchens of families from Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Armenia, Lebanon and India.
The Zambra Center is part of The Chanelar Flamenco Project, which is Dances of the World Society’s program focusing on rescuing aspects of Flamenco in danger of extinction.
To this day, Zambra remains a major Flamenco and Copla form and it is also a vital Flamenco tradition as represented in the Zambras Gitanas del Sacromonte.
Furthermore, the Zambra Mora tradition has influenced outstanding classical composers and world-class guitar players like Maestro Sabicas, which in turn have had an impact on modern day composers, such as Rob Mastrianni of the celebrated Beatbox Guitar. Latin Grammy award winners, Ojos de Brujo, have also chosen to honor Zambra in their original compositions.
It’s now time to take it to the next level. I receive emails from dancers around the world asking questions like: Why was Zambra Mora forbidden? Who forbade it? What are the differences in the Zambra styles? If Zambras were so popular, why did Zambra became an art in danger of extinction, what happened?
With your generous contributions, we will develop The Zambra Online Resource Center to answer the important questions the international Zambra community is asking, while producing additional resources for further study.
In supporting this project, you get substantial rewards with a higher monetary value than the suggested contribution. We’ve created perks and tiers to fit every budget and need! In addition to access to the Zambra Center, rewards include unique online dance courses, lifetime access to all the courses in my online school, private lessons, and there’s even a week-long trip to Granada with me!
However, if you don’t care about the perks and just want to see this project get done, you can donate whatever small amount you want. We appreciate all levels of support and no contribution is too small! We’ll share your awesomeness with the world via social media ’cause you rock! Thank you!!!
For as little as $45, you will have access to the Zambra Center ($60 value) where you can enjoy exciting, fresh content being uploaded, even while we develop the project! Plus, to thank you for supporting the development of this project, you also gain access to the online course Feminine Flamenco ($44 value) and a shout out on social media! I will email a special code for you to access the Feminine Flamenco course right away.
With a $75 contribution you get the Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance Online Course: Learn a complete Gypsy Skirt Dance from Spain. Embedded into the choreography, you also learn the traditional manner of waiving your skirt into passionate flames and swinging your hips the gypsy way, which you can use in your own fusion style. 11 juicy lessons broken down into easy-to-follow combos with the steps clearly explained and placed to music ($88 value), Plus, ALL ACCESS to the Zambra Center ($60) and a shout out on social media!
With your $99 contribution you’ll Learn to Dance Zambra! online course: This course was carefully shot in a 3 camera studio, using state of the art digital technology and lighting, so you get a sense of three dimentionality, as if I were right there, teaching you. You learn a complete Zambra dance and you can study, review, and rehearse the dance at your own pace anytime, anywhere in the world. Plus, you get ALL ACCESS to the Zambra Center ($60) and a shout out on social media!
With this level of contribution you also get a special bonus: Whirling Techniques Online Course: Great for all dancers who want to strengthen their turning technique, perfect for those who perform with veils, capes, or wings. Learn four different styles of whirling, so you can create an exquisite balance between mesmerizing-meditative movements and spectacular show elements. Plus, you also learn an important practice to ground yourself after whirling, along with conditioning exercises based on sacred geometry ($88 value).
For a generous contribution of $2,500, you get Lifetime Access to ALL the courses published on my Online School (including Professional Trainings) as of the date you joined ($3,000 value). Plus, 3 private sessions with me ($300). And of course, you also get an ALL ACCESS pass to the Zambra Center ($60) and public recognition on social media! If interested in this level of contribution, email me: contact(at)puelalunaris(dot)com
Our campaign goal is only $5,000. However, to fully complete the Zambra Online Resource Center, we need to raise about $8,000. So, please donate what you can! Every little bit counts!
The funds will help cover the filming, video editing, graphic design, web mastery, web hosting, translation and transcription services, copy editing, consulting, office/studio rental, and expenses needed to conduct research/record interviews in Granada, Sevilla and Madrid (Spain).
We hope you are excited to become a part of this formidable project, as the Zambra Center is a legacy we are creating which will benefit generations to come, even long after we are gone from the face of the Earth.
This is truly a labor of love and The Zambra Center is already a work in progress, but the biggest challenge artists face is lack of funding. Without your help, it might take me years to complete this project. However, your generous contributions will provide the resources needed to complete this within months versus years.
Your contribution will allow me to start sharing with you crucial facts and remarkable information about Zambra, which I have collected over a 20 year span through the creation of the Zambra Center
Whether you contribute to our campaign or not, you can still help make history by helping us spread the word by sharing the campaign on social media. Right below you can use ready to go social media share tools!
For those who would prefer to contribute directly by check, please contact us for our mailing address.
We also appreciate in-kind contributions. Some of the areas we need help with include transcriptions, translations, text editing and video editing. We can also accept donations in the form of a DSLR camera or other functioning technical equipment.
All forms of help are greatly appreciated! Thank you for making history with us! If you feel inclined, please share our campaign with your friends and family! Thanks!