St. Elizabeth Catholic school, Rockville, MD, grades 2-6
Students volunteer learning a few flamenco dance steps
Description & Bio
Flamenco Amazement is a 45- 50 minute lecture-presentation for children, teens, and adults with active audience participation, featuring Marija Temo as a flamenco guitarist, flamenco singer and dancer. This program can also include an additional flamenco dancer. Flamenco Amazement is offered to Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, Colleges, Library Programs, Retirement Programs, Children and Adult Music Series Programs.
Temo traces the lineage of how flamenco began and demonstrates emotions explored through some of the flamenco forms. She explains and shows the different types of fiery strumming patterns and techniques used in flamenco guitar playing as well as some of the rhythms used in flamenco music. Temo also discusses the technique of flamenco singing and dance and demonstrates them. Audiences participate in learning flamenco handclap rhythms and shouting flamenco words of encouragement. They also learn to sing a flamenco melody accompanied by Temo, try a few dance steps with costume props, and accompany one another with flamenco handclap rhythms.
Flamenco Amazement has been presented in venues such as the The Prince George’s County Libraries; DC National Aquarium (ages 3 and up), Washington, DC; Midpark and Berea High Schools, Cleveland, OH; Arundel High School, Gambrills, MD; Revere Middle and High School, Bath, OH; Richard Montgomery High School (9-12 grade) and St. Elizabeth’s Catholic School (grades 2-6), Rockville, MD; The Collegiate School, Richmond, VA; The Siena School, Silver Spring, MD, The Wakefield School, The Plains, VA, St. Albans School, Washington DC; Westminster College, Westminster, MD; Behrend College, Erie, PA; the Backyard Theatre at Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD; the Harmony Hall Concert Series, Fort Washington, MD; and in the US and abroad.
two sentence description for websites and flyers
“Flamenco Amazement” by Marija Temo, a lecture-presentation of flamenco guitar, singing, and dance for children, teens, and adults with active audience participation. See www.marijatemo.com for more info.
“…Marija Temo wowed Revere Middle and High schools students with her flamenco/classical guitar/dance demonstration. She had her audience of energetic teens singing in Spanish, tapping their shoes and clapping their hands at the passion and rhythm of the music.” – The Bath Country Journal, Bath, OH
“The session culminated with several boys volunteering to perform a simple song and dance on stage. The students, who wore coloreful attire for an authentic flamenco look, were accompanied by the rhythmic clapping of the audience.” – The Bulletin, St. Albans School.
“She was amazing! What a wonderful experience for our students and for us, too. It is not often that students have an opportunity to be exposed to a different form of music from the one they listen to from their earphones every day, and this was exceptional.”- Danka Zoric Milojkovic, ESOL Teacher, Richard Montgomery High School
” I watched their enthusiasm during the participation times. As for me, I wondered momentarily if it’s too late for me to take up guitar – every example of her art was stirring. The schools and students that have the good fortune to hear and watch her will have a memorable experience! – Aremona G Bennett, Teacher, Richard Montgomery High School