The New York City Center Education Department
Help Puela Lunaris Save a Dance in Danger of Extinction:
Zambra is the name we give to the dance, the music and the celebrations that our ancestors held in Al-Andalus, which was the Arabic name for Spain. Zambras emerged during the Middle Ages as a way to celebrate, through song and dance, important occasions in life.
Later on, The Church and the Royal Court of Spain unsuccessfully tried to wipe out Zambra from the face of the Earth. Even though the Zambra tradition was persecuted and forbidden over and over again for centuries by the terrible holocaust of the Inquisition, Zambras survived to become a cultural hit within Flamenco during the 1940’s.
Unfortunately, Zambras are now in danger of extinction. Aware of this danger, I dedicated many years of my life to research and rescue different styles of Zambras, specially the Flamenco forms that I loved and danced from childhood.
3 ways to keep Zambra alive:
1.Sponsor a Multimedia Demo-Lecture: Zambra vs. Danza Mora
(Free for the month of October 2012)
Through performance, audiovisual projections, the listening of rare collector's item music, entertaining lecture and storytelling, participants will discover little known facts about the differences bestween Zambra and Danza Mora.
2. Sponsor a Zambra Workshop
In this workshop you and your students learn the essence of Zambra. Plus you will get an overview of the fascinating and intriguing Zambra history.
To host a Multimedia Demo-Lecture or a Workshop write to: contact(at)puelalunaris.com, specifying how many participants do you expect, where and when the event will take place. You may also call to inquire 1-212-675-9485 (Eastern Standard Time)
3. Learn Zambra Online at Your Own Pace
Would You Like to Embody the Elegance of Flamenco
and the Sensuality of Bellydance?
Learn Zambra with Puela Lunaris!
You will love Zambra because...
You enjoy learning a dance as a way to stay fit and have fun.
You are a professional dancer in need of a new dance to renew your repertory and your spirit.
You are starting out in the world of dance and you want to learn a vibrant, spectacular dance that you can easily master so you can perform it for your friends or family.
You are interested in gypsies, ancient cultures, exotic lands...
You will adore Zambra as it takes you out of the routines of everyday life and opens you up to the realms of the extraordinary.
You will gladly discover that Zambra dissolves your stress away, leaving you refreshed, relaxed and renewed.
For all of this and more, I invite You to trip the light fantastic with me for the next 5 weeks and unleash your most magnificent and radiant self.
No matter what your age is, or what is the shape of your body,
Dance Zambra with Me to Feel Graceful, Passionate, Sensual and Fully Alive!
The first time that I heard a Zambra, I was in the cradle. I was born and raised in Montánchez, an ancient village in Southwestern Spain with an impressive Moorish castle, which used to be part of Al-Andalus. The women of the village sang different styles of Zambras that were very popular at the time.
I remember how much I loved this singing when I was a child. I would dance the Zambras while daydreaming that, someday, I would become a professional dancer.
I am convinced that dancing authentic Zambras have a magical power to unfold your destiny and soul purpose in your mind’s eye.
While the Zambras fell into oblivion and they are now in danger of extinction, I did become a professional dancer devoted to rescuing and passing down the Zambra tradition.
Luckily, Zambra has become very popular among bellydancers. It was precisely inspired by the request of my Bellydance students, that I produced my educational video Zambra Flamenca, which is the foundation for this online course that you are about to experience.
I wish you could come to Spain or to New York City to take Zambra private lessons with me!
Unfortunately, not very many dance enthusiasts can afford that. That is why I have created this online school, so you can take privates with me in the comfort of your own home, anywhere in the world.
Every week you will receive an exciting, private Zambra lesson. By the end of the 5 weeks you will have under your dancing belt a complete authentic Zambra.
To compensate for the fact that we are not physically together, each private lesson you will receive in this course was carefully shot in a 3 camera studio, using state of the art digital technology and lighting, so you get a sense of three dimensionality. You can experience as if I were right there, teaching you.
Likewise, each lesson is delivered to you in high quality mp4 (a format of video compatible with both Mac and PC, Tablets and Smartphones - You can even watch it on you TV by connecting your device to it).
During the duration of your course, you can watch each one of your private Zambra lessons online if you prefer. Or, you can download them and keep them forever to study at your own pace, review steps and watch them as much as you wish on your computer, tablet or mobile device. That way you can study, review and rehearse the dance at your own pace anywhere, anytime.
Each week I will teach you a good number of different, passionate, elegant steps, and we will put them with the music.
In order to make it very easy for you to assimilate and master this splendid Zambra dance that I so dearly love, I have invested my whole heart and over my over 20 year of teaching expertise so you have each step clearly explained and each combination carefully broken down into digestible bites.
This video will give an idea of what you will be learning on this course:
Here is a summary of the steps you will learn:
- Basic Turn
- Embrace the Moon
- Knee lift and Carrerilla
- Good Fortune Turn
- Cape Turn
- Carrerilla del Toro
- Open up
- Fire Turns
- Remolino Turns
- The other side
- Punteado Antiguo
- Turn and Flame Arms
- Kicks and Paseillo
- Lifts and Walk Back
- Taconeo and leap
- Marcar sideways
- Marcar p’atrá
- Claps and Turn
- Passion in the Hair
- Taconeo and Turn
- Body Percussion
- Walk with open arms
- Turn around yourself
- Barrel Turns
- Point Down to the Core
- Final Desplante
As you can see, in each private lesson, you will learn between five to seven different genuine steps, which is a lot more than my local private students get per class.
But Wait! That's Not All.
On top of that, you’ll get several fabulous bonuses, including:
Week 2 Bonus:
You will get the remarkable Zambra music that we use for our choreography. This is one of my favorite Zambras in the whole wide world. This Zambra music is so passionate, exciting and heartfelt that it makes me want to dance every time I hear it.
(I went great lengths to license this genuine Zambra music so I can provide you everything you need to dance an authentic Zambra)
And, of course, you will have access to this exhilarating Zambra music in a high quality mp3 that you can download and keep as well.Week 3 Bonus:
As a special bonus on week 3, I will perform for you in full costume the exact same Zambra you are learning, so you start seeing how the whole dance flows together. For your visual pleasure we shot this performance in a three camera studio with state of the art lights.
Furthermore, you will also have access to a short film with a historical overview of the Zambra tradition that I have produced to give you a sense of where authentic Zambra comes from.
You will discover where did Zambras originate, how Zambras came to be forbidden and how this tradition was passed down to the gypsies
Week 4 Bonus:
On week 4 you will receive a very special bonus: The Pilgrim of Love, one of the most fascinating Tales of the Alhambra as written by romantic author Washington Irving. You will get a collector’s edition of Pilgrim of Love ebook profusely illustrated with genuine historical engravings.
I produced and published this especial edition myself to give you a sense of the historical and cultural context where Zambra originally developed.
Week 5 Bonus:
For your graduation you will receive two very unique and memorable bonuses in the form of my most acclaimed Zambra performances.
The first Zambra performance you get took place at the legendary Throne Room of Alexander the Great in the ancient city of Babylon (Iraq).
The second one is a passionate Zambra performance given at the renown Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in honor to famed author Ram Das. Here is what other dance enthusiast and professional have to say about their Zambra experience:
In as little as 5 weeks you can master and enjoy
a complete, authentic Zambra!However, you will have access to the course for an entire two months in case you want to review things or finish downloading the content.
You will also have unlimited access to future upgrades of the course at no extra charge!
As you can see I offer a sliding scale of price options. Pick the one that suits you best. It is all based on the honor system. If you can afford the full cost of the course, I trust that you will pay for it, so we can leave the scholarship for the dancers who truly can't afford the actual cost of the course.