ARTIST: Emmy Grimm (aka La Emi), dancer ,En­trefla­menco PALO: Gua­jira VENUES: The Lodge at Santa Fe; Sky­light (solo act)

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The gua­jira is a happy dance. The singer says, ‘Af­ter drink­ing my cof­fee, I’m go­ing to walk like a Cuban.’ It’s a fem­i­nine, flirty dance. I use a fan.” Part of Fla­menco’s Next Gen­er­a­tion, Grimm is a lo­cal won­der who started danc­ing at age four. She has spent the past two sum­mers in Siddi’s com­pany. She spent four months in Spain this win­ter, where she per­formed in lo­cal tablaos. “I was tak­ing a work­shop with some pros and they said, ‘Hey, why don’t you do a show with us?’ We did five shows with­out a lot of re­hearsal time.”

This sum­mer, Grimm is per­form­ing with En­trefla­menco at The Lodge at Santa Fe six nights a week, and look­ing for­ward to her next gig at Sky­light. In Spain, she lived with Carmela Greco, the daugh­ter of the renowned fla­menco dancer José Greco, and a teacher and per­former her­self. Grimm worked on the gua­jira with her. “María Benítez has been my men­tor since I was four years old. But in three months, Carmela taught me how to dance like a woman.”

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