World-renowned flamenco dancer to teach course at Seattle Central

Belen Maya will show students how flamenco can help with developing authentic dance movements.

Starting Spring Quarter, Belen Maya, an international flamenco dancer famous for her role in the 1995 film “Flamenco,” will instruct a course titled, “Flamenco: Healing the Body.”

In this interactive course, students will explore how the body can be a source of healing through dance and movement. Belen will also focus on the role of gender in dance expression.

Belen has been performing flamenco for more than 30 years around the world, primarily in Spain. According to Humanities instructor Vero Barrera-Kolb, Belen is one of the most important international choreographers in the flamenco art form and was a pioneer of new flamenco. She is also known for departing from traditional flamenco dance through the use of innovative movements.

Belen will perform her award winning performance, “Romnia,” on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. which examines the courage of women who must cope with domestic violence in the Roma community.

For more information on the course or the performance, contact Vero Barrera-Kolb.