Romi Uruena-Shizzi, Director of the Marfa Dance Company, dances “Zapateado” flamenco. You can reach her at MarfaDance@gmail.com. Click below for more video!
From the press release:
“On Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 pm, local performing artists came together on the Marshall Auditorium stage to create an extraordinary evening of multicultural music and dance.
This event is produced by Kareva Mulholland, whose vision has been to showcase the dance and musical diversity of the Big Bend area.
One of the many acts featured on the April 8 program is Alpine’s own Latin sensation band, Few Too Many. This band is comprised of Rick Ruiz on guitar and vocals, Jimmy Villalpondo on percussion, and Tony Lujan on guitar. Few Too Many will rock the house with their renditions of Santana, Manà, Los Lobos, and Gypsy Kings.
Further, singer/songwriter Terra Peters will be performing some of her original work. Terra was raised on her family’s ranch outside of Marathon, Texas, where she began playing guitar and writing songs at an early age. At 15, she got her first paying gig, and from then on has performed for many different crowds, ranging from barrestaurant entertainment all around West Texas to performing at concerts. Terra Peters also starred as Annie Oakley in the SRSU Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun in the summer of 2006.
Also featured in this extravaganza line-up is the vibrant Mystic Gitanas belly dance troupe directed by Shari Tripp. Shari has more than thirty years experience with dance. In 2004, she started a beginner’s class in Alpine. To date, the Mystic Gitanas have given over 50 performances in the region and this evening will feature 14 dancers. The Mystic Gitanas will showcase some exciting choreographies including a very special number in which Allen Croft, seventh degree black belt and professor/founder of the Croft School of Martial Arts, will share the stage with belly dancer Kathy Duncan as he performs martial arts katas choreographed to the music of Enigma.
A thrilling treat for Alpine will be Spanish Flamenco dancing, performed by Romina Uruena-Shizzi, Director of the Marfa Dance Company. Romi teaches classes for children in classical ballet and holds salsa and flamenco classes for adults. Romina was born in Tucuman, Argentina. Although Classical Ballet and Flamenco appear contradictory in form, she embraces both as well as other ventures into various dance forms from around the world. Romi holds a degree in Translations as well as in Dance. She seeks to bring inspiration and a creative outlet to youngsters in the community through teaching self-discipline and determination. Her dance background includes the Edmon Academy of Dance-Argentina; Nora Rodriguez Academy and Ballet-Argentina; Antonio school of Dance and Flamenco –Argentina; Albistur Conservatory of dance- Buenos Aires, Argentina; Etgen-Atkinson school of Ballet-Dallas, TX; Daniel de Cordova Flamenco-Dallas, TX. She will perform Flamenco a capella, which is a dance that displays the intricacies of zapateado flamenco foot work. Romi will also perform a flamenco piece to “el amor brujo” by Manuel de Falla. This is the ritual dance of fire flamenco in the classical variation. The main character “Pepa” dances the fire dance in hopes of driving the spirit of her dead husband away forever. Multi-talented Romi will also perform a classical ballet piece as well as a modern dance number.
Another exciting addition to this evening will be the award-winning and dedicated Alpine Middle School Baile Folklorico dancers directed by Martha Sanchez. The baile folklorico troupe will perform several colorful, vibrant numbers, including “Que Chula es Puebla,” “Rascapetate,” from Chiapas; “el Carnival” and “El Principio.” In addition, Sul Ross State University’s new Mariachi band, “Lobos del Desierto,” created by Skyline photographer Jose Guevara, will also brighten the evening with traditional mariachi fare.
DanceTahiti will share its tremendous energy with the power of Tahitian drum dances. One of Kareva Mulholland’s objectives is to spread the joy, passion, and beauty of Tahitian dance in this global, multicultural world. As a choreographer and director, she will perform with her troupe. Kareva’s choreographies fuse elements of flamenco, samba, salsa, and martial arts precision with traditional Tahitian hip dances. Dances are set to not only traditional drums, but also to synthesized Tahitian modern music as well as Latin tunes.
This special evening of multicultural music and dance is sponsored by Sully Productions. Admission is free. Programs will be available for a donation and a portion of the proceeds go to Relay for Life.
For more information, contact Kareva firstname.lastname@example.org.”