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  • September 21, 2017
    The Oakland Press
    Flamenco dancers from Spain join Oakland County musicians for concert

    Flamenco dancers and musicians are traveling to Detroit from Spain to join composer/producer Sean Blackman of Clawson and award-winning local flamenco dance company El Alma Española of Berkley for a world music concert on Thursday Sept. 28.

    Free flamenco lessons will be at 7 p.m., and at 8 p.m. 17 musicians and dancers will perform flamenco, including Fita Heredia, José Cortés and Marcos Palometas of Spain. The show is part of Blackman’s popular monthly world music concert series at the Garden Theatre, 3929 Woodward Ave, Midtown Detroit. 

    “Audience’s jaws will drop at the sound of the music and site of the dancers. All of us on stage will be just as excited as the audience; it’s that powerful. Through the shows, we build a culturally inclusive community that encourages social awareness, justice and more equal opportunity. It’s all set in the spirit and celebration of our diverse Detroit and how we can shine a light on inclusion through the performing arts,” said Blackman.

    Blackman has dedicated his life to introducing music from around the world to large audiences in the United States and selects the most talented international artists now living in Metro Detroit and brings in musicians from across the globe.

    Co-producer Lisa Montes of Troy lives and breathes flamenco. Her grandmother Dame Maria del Carmen was one of Spain’s most beloved artists and was honored with dame title by King Juan Carlos the First in 1990. Montes grew up dancing and has since become Detroit’s premiere performer. She performs with Detroit’s top flamenco artists Gary Hansen of Berkley and Victoria Lara of Redford, among many others in their troop El Alma Española.

    Montes said, “The choreographies have been planned for years, including one that was created by my grandmother. The music is unforgettable, and it’s rare to have these artists in Detroit from Spain. Put a flower in your hair, and get ready for a night of passionate music.”

    Tickets to the show are $30 for a VIP table seat at $20 for general admission. To purchase tickets, visit .

    – Lana Mini, Special to The Oakland Press