Dance is a powerful mode of communicating in a visceral way. Before the invention of written languages, dance was a primary method of passing stories down from generation to generation. Dance is an intrinsic part of life on many levels--social, ceremonial, competitive, eroctic, martial or sacred. Dance plays an important role in forging a collective identity, embodying a culture's history and values, and providing the means to connect physically, emotionally and as a community. At the same time, dance is a universal language; while some of the gestures and movements may be nuanced, a dance performance is an artistic experience that clearly conveys the many dimensions of the human condition.
Join BCD in a journey to Sasunik, about 40 minutes north of Yerevan, Armenia's capital and experience an exuberant manifestation of traditional dance by local school girls. The country's ancient tradition of folk dance is a physical expression of making a visceral connection to the land, an expression of rootedness, of home, of community and of identity. Learn about the poignant history of Sasunik's founders' escape from the Genocide, the Armenian epic called the Daredevils of Sassoun, and the role of heroes in keeping our cultures alive.
Ole! Ready to be invigorated by an ancient art form? Prepare to stamp your feet along with the beat! Join BCD for a tour through the history and contemporary practice of Spain’s soulful & exuberant flamenco, recognized by UNESCO as an item of intangible cultural heritage. Visit the classes of Amor de Dios Studio in Madrid and watch aspiring artists learn the subtleties of flamenco’s complex nuances! Connect with flamenco’s Gypsy roots and Andalucian spirit!
Curious about the phenomenon that drives the passion behind flamenco? Welcome to Seville, capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and epicenter of the ancient art form of flamenco. Grab a seat for a mesmerizing performance & an education in the fierce spirit of duende! Be regaled with the story of flamenco’s origins; learn how the cultural legacy of 15th century gypsies lives on today in Seville. Witness how duende comes alive with the passionate call & response of palmas, pitos & bailaor at the renowned Tablao El Arenal. Let BCD offer you a unique front row seat to the life-changing experience of duende!
Relish stories of people pursuing their creativity & passion? Meet two artists from the colorful world of flamenco who had the courage to follow their dreams. Renowned flamenco dancer Antoñete reveals how he got his start, and shares how he passes on the art form to others in his studio in the Sevilla neighborhood of La Macarena. Dressmaker Aurora Gavino, who has owned a flamenco dress store for 20 years near Plaza del Triunfo, shares the fashion collections of her successful fashion designer-daughter, also named Aurora, and how a sibling’s death is transformed from tragedy to artistic inspiration. BCD highlights the human connections behind flamenco, showing the power of tradition, culture & self-expression.
Are you drawn to destinations that exude mystery, history & romance? Stroll with BCD through the cobblestone streets on a tour of Seville and soak up the ancient ambiance of a culture shaped by Jewish traders, Muslim missionaries, and Gypsy nomads. Relax in the gardens of Real Alcazar, the oldest European royal residence, which has been in constant use for more than 1,000 years. Get happily lost in the eccentric labyrinth of Barrio Santa Cruz. Immerse yourself in the flamboyant spirit of one of the world’s best-loved dance forms at the Museum of Flamenco Dance. Let BCD give you the back story and local perspectives on Seville’s' cultural heritage before you travel!
Victor Bravo is a flamenco artist and Dance Director at the Flamenco Museum Seville, Spain. He has pursued a stage career performing pure flamenco as well as working with classical and modern dance companies. Some of the well-known companies with which he has danced are those of María Pagés, Lauren Postigo and Joaquín Cortés.
Discover Casa de Mascaras, or “House of Masks,” in Guatemalan Highland town of Chichicastenango, where carvings have been created for more than forty years. Learn about the connection of this folk art to another cultural tradition--the“Conquest Dance” a festival held in Guatemala’s Highland’s Mayan villages. Be wowed by colorful Mayan textiles for sale at Chi Chi’s renowned market! Let BCD offer you a unique encounter with Guatemala’s' cultural heritage before you travel!
Visiting Cyprus? Spend an evening with the locals of village of Geriskipou, where traditional Greek folk dances are performed by the young children! Meet dance teachers Mario Yioua and Charios Pazaros, who explain the meaning behind the traditional dances that are still loved by all generations. Let BCD show you where local traditions are a part of daily life in Cyprus before you travel!
Video: Welcome to Korcula, home to the Moreksa sword dance, a traditional performance that dates back to the 16th century. Korcula has been performing this dance for over 400 years and it tells the story of a battle between two kings over a captured princess.
Interested in dance? Social justice? Meet Colombian dancer & choreographer Alvaro Restrepo who founded El Colegio del Cuerpo in Cartagena, where he shares lessons of using dance and motion to overcome adversity and economic hardships with local disadvantaged youth. If you're planning to travel to Cartagena, we have insights into meaningful cultural experiences!