ARTIST: Juan Siddi, artis­tic di­rec­tor, chore­og­ra­pher, Juan Siddi Fla­menco Santa Fe PA­LOS: Rumba and Tan­gos VENUE: Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter

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The rumba is like a dance your grandma dances. Ev­ery­body dances it. Tiny kids know it in An­dalucía. The rhythm is like a salsa beat. It’s very fes­tive. It’s done in cel­e­bra­tions and wed­dings. It’s rarely seen on stage, it’s more like a tra­di­tional fam­ily thing. Tan­gos are slower. The words are love sto­ries. It’s not too se­ri­ous. You can see a Mid­dle Eastern fla­vor, it’s sen­sual, the women use their bel­lies and shake their shoul­ders.

Siddi won the Mayor’s Award for Ex­cel­lence in the Arts in 2011. He grew up in Ger­many, the prod­uct of a Span­ish mother and an Ital­ian fa­ther. His per­form­ing ca­reer started as a teenager at Al An­dalus, a fla­menco cen­ter in Frank­furt. By the time he was in his twen­ties, he had stud­ied in Barcelona, and toured Europe as a soloist with Rafael Cortés’ com­pany.

Siddi and his own com­pany per­formed at The Lodge un­til two years ago, when the group was taken un­der the man­age­ment wing of Aspen Santa Fe Bal­let.

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