Today, we are pleased to have guest blogger Eve (Agush) Costarelli*, an accomplished flamenco dance performer and instructor, teach us a little more about this beautiful, expressive art form and how it nurtures creativity. Read on to learn more!

When I was first invited to teach flamenco at a kick-off event for Lola’s Fandango, I was very pleased to discover the authentic use of flamenco in the book, most notably the onomatopoeia of Lola’s dance shoes “toca toca tica” and the repeating counting rhythm of 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12, which represents the base of all flamenco 12-count rhythms.

Although there is no single type of flamenco dance, dancers must follow a strict framework of rhythmic patterns with the steps being performed adhering to the traditions of the song being played. A dancer will often stand rooted, commanding the stage with utter stillness and strength of breath, only starting to move when the music beings to stir within. As the inspiration moves them, the dancer will begin a dance full of fire and ice, effort and ease, embodying the intricate rhythms of the music.

The greatest joy of flamenco dancing is discovering your self-expression and creativity within the art form. I love to dance because it nurtures my creativity and I love to move! I love feeling strong and flexible. I love making rhythms with my feet and moving my body in a way that expresses how the music makes me feel. I love doing those two things at the same time—it is kind of like rubbing your tummy and patting your head, and is such a thrill when you coordinate those two opposite actions. Flamenco offers this perfect blend as the dance is performed by the upper torso with expression of the arms, hand and carriage, and at the same time everything from the hips down is engaged in some other type of movement.

Flamenco expands the creative spirit and empowers individuality. It allows each artist to create his or her personal touch and affords us the opportunity of a complete emotional experience. Art is essential to my core; dance is the medium I choose.

I am a Flamenco Dancer



How do you express yourself?

If you are in the Boston area this weekend, come and see Eve perform flamenco at the Barefoot Books Concord Studio on Saturday! For details, please check out our events calendar here.

*Eve (Agush) Costarelli has been teaching flamenco, tap and yoga in the Boston community for the past eighteen years, specializing in teaching children of all ages and abilities. She began her professional career as a tap dancer at the Leon Collins Tap Dancer’s Paradise and then was introduced to flamenco by Ramon de los Reyes. She went on to perform in his company the Ramon de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre. Eve is a familiar face on the Boston dance scene, contributing her considerable experience to events such as Dance Across the City Day, The Children’s Dance Festival and the Citi Performing Arts Program. She is the founder and Artistic Director of AdamAnt Eve Dancers, a children’s rhythmic dance troupe performing pure flamenco and traditional jazz tap; Bocado de Flamenco (an in-school flamenco program) and Yoga-Snacks (an in-school yoga program). For more information on classes and performances please visit or email

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