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Flamenco performance and workshop at Osprey in Shelburne July 13 and 14

Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, the Marie Osende Dance Company will host three events, including an exciting Saturday night performance, in Shelburne and at the Osprey Arts Centre. Photo by Ross Rheaume.
Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, the Marie Osende Dance Company will host three events, including an exciting Saturday night performance, in Shelburne and at the Osprey Arts Centre. Photo by Ross Rheaume. - Contributed

SHELBURNE, N.S. – Flamenco returns to Shelburne when the Maria Osende Flamenco Dance Company presents three events including performances and workshops during a two-day period at the Osprey Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14.

On the Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Osprey Theatre, Maria Osende will host a flamenco dance workshop. She will teach a simple and fun flamenco-flavoured dance routine along with a few simple flamenco dance steps and clapping rhythms. No experience is required.

Joining Maria for the workshop will be some of her students and dancers. It promises to be a fun introduction to flamenco.

After the workshop, the Osprey invites everyone to enjoy a social hour in the lobby with refreshments from the Osprey bar and Spanish tapas appetizers prepared by Osprey volunteers. Admission to the workshop is by donation, suggested at $10.

Whether or not people choose to take the workshop, all are welcome to join what the Osprey is calling a flash mob on the Saturday morning.

Osende and a group of her flamenco students will appear in a quick flash mob-style performance on the waterfront at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, July 14, during the Shelburne Farmers’ Market. This event will give a quick preview of the stage performance scheduled for later in the evening.

The main event on the Saturday night starts at 7:30 p.m. and features Maria Osende and her company in what promises to be an electrifying flamenco performance. Osende is a highly accomplished dancer and choreographer.

Originally from Spain, Maria Osende was trained in ballet and danced with the National Ballet of Spain. After a successful career in ballet, Osende began to work in flamenco. She is the founder, artistic director and principal dancer with Maria Osende Flamenco Company of Halifax.

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