Barefoot Flamenco is not a technique, but a way of interpreting Flamenco dance. Similar to Isadora Duncan’s experience in the beginning of the 20th century, I feel constricted dancing in shoes. I love the freedom and the lyricism of dancing barefoot. My choreographic voice in this field of dance involves a contemporary approach to Flamenco dance deeply inspired by the ancestral roots of this art form.
Since 1993, I have been developing a barefoot Flamenco choreographic body of work that emphasizes creative self-expression and connection to my audience, rather than merely the use of choreographic devices or technical virtuosity. Similarly, I have developed my own distinctive style, using a free-flowing, interpretative approach to Flamenco, doing away with the rigid rules characteristic of conventional, footwork-based Flamenco dance.
This is a Choreographic tribute to one of my Flamenco dance heroes: Antonio Gades. He was a non-gypsy dancer and choreographer well loved by everyone, gypsies and non-gypsies alike. As his sources of inspiration, he always drew from Flamenco as an oral tradition and as a folklore. This piece, which premiered at the Rakkasah Spring […]
Often times I am asked if Barefoot Flamenco is something I have invented? The answer is NO, I cannot take credit for that, and nobody really should. With the Lunaris Barefoot Flamenco Tradition (LBFT) I uphold a time-honored legacy from my own culture, which I am reviving and passing down along with its history and […]
Ever since times immemorial my ancestors in Spain (and all over the Mediterranean area actually) danced with the tambourine. The Iberians, the Celts, the Romans, the Sephardim, the Moors, the Gypsies… The tambourine has been part of all the cultures that have left a footprint in Spain. Until recently, the tambourine was also part of […]
As you probably know, since 1994 I am on a mission to rescue the tradition of Zambra Mora from danger of extinction. That’s why I have created the Zambra Center. Here you can enjoy an interview I conducted with Amaya about this once-forbidden, passionate tradition of Zambra.
Today, I want to share with you how traditional Spanish gypsy skirt moves go with contemporary world-class fusion music. Using the moves you learn on the exciting online course Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance, in this performance I am improvising to the fabulous music of the ever-popular Beatbox Guitar. Many thanks to awesome Kaeshi Chai for […]
Here I am performing Zambra at a Special Event in honor of Ram Dass at the Omega Institute, the larges holistic studies institute in the nation, where I used to be core faculty. If you like Zambra, you can learn this whole dance with me online. But, no worries, you dont have to […]
Performing Spanish Gypsy Skirt dance in my barefoot Flamenco signature style at the ancient city of Babylon was truly a life changing experience! Ever since I was a little girl reading the Bible stories about the Garden of Eden between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers I used to day-dream with that exotic land. I […]
Starring as a soloist guest performer with the legendary Opera Flamenca Xeb-Alamar in Spain’s most prominent Theater was not only a huge highlight in my career, but also a super fun experience. This venue is the prestigious Centro Cultural de la Villa in Madrid, comparable to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. or the Lincoln […]
Tanguillo of Cadiz performed by Puela Lunaris in the style of the Puellae Gaditanae (The Girls of Cadiz), who were famous all over the Roman empire.