Workshop: Rumba Flamenca with Elena Villa – 3:15-4:45 p.m.

elenaff10Rumba flamenca is a lively and flirtatious subgenre of flamenco music and dance with Cuban roots. It is popular at fairs, fiestas and religious pilgrimages in Spain and France. This workshop will help belly dancers to understand the rhythm and movements of the rumba and how to combine them with Arabic dance movements. We will learn skirt technique, posture, arms & hands, traveling and “marking” steps to rumba groups such as Alabina and the Gypsy Kings, as well as other popular artists. Be prepared to move!

Elena Villa was introduced to belly dance as a young girl in the late 1970s. She performed her first public belly dance solo to live Middle Eastern music at age 10. After seeing flamenco performances in Spain and France, Elena began her flamenco training in 1991. She has studied in the U.S. and in Spain with some of the great international artists of today, including Jose Galván and La Tania, and considers herself an eternal student of this complex and beautiful art form. In 1995, Elena Villa began developing her own fusion style based on her dance foundations in Arabic and flamenco dance. She has taught numerous original choreographies in this fusion style. Known for her fiery elegance and musicality, Elena has shared the stage with many contemporary master musicians and dancers and continues to pursue artistic collaborations with fellow artists from around the world. In addition to being a performer and instructor of belly dance, Spanish Arabic fusion and flamenco, Elena holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature and teaches literary, cultural, and performance studies at the university level. For more information, please visit

3:15-4:45 p.m.:  Workshop held at Studio B, 189 W. 8th Ave., Eugene, OR.