Sanlucar Summer Flamenco, song and dance competition june/july 2002 Sanlucar de la Barrameda, Cadiz
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Sanlucar de la Barrameda, Cadiz - song and dance competition june/july 2002 in the Plaza de la Victoria Fridays and Saturdays (throughout July) until the final on 20th July 2002 in the Teatro Municipal in the town, at which la Macanita has been invited to sing.

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The year 2002 winner of the dance competition is Jesica Brea from Jerez de la Frontera

jesica brea dancer from jerez de la frontera

flamenco dancer jesica brea jesica dancing por alegrias

A young dancer with a great future, Jesica (sometimes spelt Yesica) brought the house down with her Solea. She exhibited a maturity uncommon in someone so young. Impeccable compás, complete control of her group in accompaniment, elegant feminine postures, as well as strong rhythmic footwork in the catharsis of the Bulería, so typical of Jerez.

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jesica - flamenco dancer Jesica Brea from Jerez, dancing por Alegrías and por Soleá jesica brea por solea

dance footwork in Alegrías

footwork francisco garcia

the sixteen year old dancer Chari Sanchez Candon chari flamenco dancer chari flamenco dancer

singers compete and must present 4 songs from certain categories

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manolo lin guitarist the official guitarist is Manolo Lin manolo lin guitarist

the dancer from Cadiz, Lorena Sanchez Alsina danced por Alegrías and por Tientos y Tangos

she is a sensitive and mature dancer with a modern style, neverthrless true to the flamenco roots.

the only male dancer to present himself: Fco. Garcia Bermudez (his first appearance in a public competition.)

 

francisco garcia dancing por seguiriya

Maria Moreno Perez danced por Alegrías and por Seguiriya. She is the youngest contestant at only 15 years of age.

She won the second prize.

 

maria moreno mari moreno dancing por seguiriya

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ana belen  dancer from cadiz

 

singer Paco Reyes and guitarist Jose Manuel Gomez dancers need a quality group to accompany them

ana belen dancer Ana Belen Parra danced por Alegrías and por Tangos

Maria Andrades danced Alegrias with the largest group to accompany her in the competition, including a flautist and percussionist, two singers and three handclappers.

 

maria andrades from san fernando maria andrades from san fernando
The stage!

Other contestants in the dance category were a young Elizabet and Noelia Jimenez, the latter evoking memories of the style of dance portrayed by Encarnación Lopez "La Argentinita." She danced por Alegrias with an orange bata de cola and green manton, at times too large for the stage area provided. Perhaps next year the organising committee will provide a stronger and less undulating stage suitable for the dancers. As the competition progressed some cracks appeared in the tablas, the dancers literally stamping their imprint on Sanlucar flamenco...

Content "Sanlucar Summer Flamenco" and photos © Simon Zolan

See too the article on Cadiz summer flamenco - the final of the Alegrias dance competition 3rd August 2002

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