On May 24, the eighth graders learning Spanish at Cary Academy participated in a flamenco workshop. Ed Stephenson brought this Spanish art-form to the students with his classical guitar, a percussionist, and a dancer. This project was made possible due to funding from the PTAA Grant Program.
During the event, first, students enjoyed a recital of traditional and new flamenco guitar pieces accompanied by el cajón (a percussion instrument), las palmas (handclapping), and las castañuelas (castanets). At the same time, a bailaora danced to the different rhythms. Finally, students participated playing el cajón, handclapping, zapateando (footwork showing), and cheering the artists in Spanish. ¡Olé estudiantes de español!