One of the many reasons I enjoy being a member of the San Antonio Museum of Art is because it always has a full event calendar. Regular activities range from yoga, to dinner, to tours, and drawing. San Antonio is celebrating its tricentennial this year, so there have been endless opportunities to learn about Spain’s influence and impact on San Antonio’s history.
The SAMA is joining in on the celebration by hosting, Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Paintings from the Museums of Madrid. Since the end of June, the museum has been hosting wine tastings, poetry readings, and live music, but the one I was most excited about was the opportunity to take Flamenco lessons.
I took lessons growing up; ballet when I was five, jazz and baton as a teen, as well as a few salsa and two-step lessons as an adult. Flamenco dancers always look so strong and powerful; I imagined myself taking the stage and captivating the audience. Spoiler, that was not realistic. The moves we learned were not very difficult, honestly; the real challenge was in executing the details. Every hand flick, stomp, and clap must be in sync or your mistake is not only visible, but audible, too. When our instructors weren’t moving, their bodies remained poised and powerful; their facial expressions were captivating and commanding.
The SAMA is a great option whether you’re a local or a visitor. Peek at the event calendar; you’re bound to find something you’re interested in. If you’re hungry or thirsty, Tre Trattoria, Luxury, and Rosella are nearby. When you’re ready to start lessons, check out Raices de Arte Español, located on Fredricksburg Road.