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Los Gitanos presents annual flamenco dance show

Performance is May 31 at Equinox Theatre
Tsawwassen’s Los Gitanos Spanish School of Dance presents Una Vida on Friday, May 31 at the Equinox Theatre at South Delta Secondary School. Photo courtesy Los Gitanos

Life over death - in its dramatic flamenco dance interpretation - is the theme of Una Vida, this year’s production of Tsawwassen’s Los Gitanos Spanish School of Dance presented on Friday, May 31 at the Equinox Theatre at South Delta Secondary.

Set in an Andalucian town, a tale of grief and love is danced to beautiful live and traditional music that will transport the audience to another time and another place.

“My goal is to provide a full flamenco experience to our audience,” said Beverly Mantovani, Los Gitanos’ owner, teacher, and choreographer. “The variety of dances, the story development, the wonderful costumes, and live and recorded music offer drama, joy, passion and entertainment that is different than any other art form.”

Mantovani is known for her innovative choreographies that push the boundaries of what has been done before, and this edition is no exception.

“The show features 30 dance students plus live musicians performing a wide range of traditional flamenco rhythms,” she said.

Similar to previous productions, this show is fast paced, exciting and powerful.

“Flamenco must be danced with great heart, and it shows individual interpretations from the various dancers,” she adds. “Our students are of a wide range of ages and life experiences, each putting their own style and expression to the dance.

“All my students dance with their heart on the line showing off their strong technique, their hard work, and their dedication to interpret the music.”

Tickets are $25 and can be pre-purchased online via Event Bright or by calling 778-833-0447. Tickets, water, snacks, and flowers will be on sale on performance night - cash only. Doors open at 7 and performance begins at 7:30 p.m.