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Fall Flamenco Festival features award-winning dancer from Spain

Sergio Aranda, a flamenco dancer from Spain, will perform with Puente Flamenco and hold dance workshops.

Sergio Aranda, a flamenco dancer from Spain, will perform with Puente Flamenco and hold dance workshops.

— Syracuse’s Puente Flamenco (still the only flamenco troupe in Upstate New York) has planned a series of events and performances for the coming weeks as part of its inagural Fall Flamenco Festival, which will feature award-winning flamenco dancer Sergio Aranda.

Aranda, of Spain, has performed in theaters across the globe and on television, and will dance with the Puente Flamenco troupe Sept. 9 and 12, and instruct dance workshops Sept. 11.

If you’re not familiar with flamenco, here’s what to expect: Puente Flamenco is a troupe of three dancers, a percussionist, guitarist and singer, and delivers high-energy song and dance amplified by the hypnotic twirling of the long, flowing traditional flamenco dresses and infectious clapping and stomping.

“This is the music and dance of gypsy Spain,” said Lonnie Chu, the troupe’s singer. “And it is passionate, it’s intense, it’s highly rhythmic and it’s deeply emotional.”

One of the Fall Flamenco Festival events featuring Aranda, the Sept. 12 performance at the Palace Theater in Eastwood, will help raise money for Open Hand Theater’s master puppeteer Vladimir Vasyagin, whose Syracuse home was destroyed by fire earlier this summer.

“We’d really love people to come out and see something that may be new to them and help Vladimir,” said Chu.

For more information about Puente Flamenco, upcoming events or to purchase advance tickets, visit puenteflamenco.com.

Fall Flamenco Festival Events

Puente Flamenco at Laci’s Tapas Bar, Sept. 9

Sergio Aranda joins Puente Flamenco for two shows at Laci’s, 304 Hawley Ave. Call for reservations, 218-5903.

Flamenco Dance Workshops, Sept. 11

SergioAranda will give two flamenco dance workshops — one for novices and one for intermediate/advanced — at the One Village Dance Centre, Home of Wacheva Cultural Arts, 117 Harvard Place. Cost is $25 for one workshop, $40 for two, in advance; $30 or $50 at the door.

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