Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ramon De Los Reyes

            For my next flamenco research paper, I will be exploring the story behind Ramon De Los Reyes, a man who I am proud to have as my dance teacher.  He was born and raised in Madrid, Spain and at the age of 7 began dancing flamenco with gyspsies.  He has been a performer all of his dancing career and at the age of 13 began to touring around the world while continuing to be taught by influential dancers such as Manolo Vargas, Enrique " el Cojo " , Perice, La Quica, Antonio Marin, and several more.  As he grew as a dancer, Ramon De los Reyes co-founded the Reyes-Soler dance company along with Ximinez-Vargas.  His company traveled throughout all of North America, South America, and Europe.  He became more recognized as a dancer winning awards such as a gold medal in the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico,  recognition for Excellence in Dance from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Recognition for Artistic Contribution to the people of Massachusetts from Governor Michael Dukakis, and many more.  In 1976, he started the Spanish dance Theater, New England's only professional Spanish dance company.  Within his company, Ramon collaborates with many world famous artists including Clara Ramona, the mother of his two sons Isaac and Nino De Los Reyes, who also contribute to his company.  Along with being a professional dancer and outstanding teacher, Ramon successfully raised his two sons Isaac and Nino to become professional dancers themselves and who like their father travel around the world performing and sharing their wisdom of flamenco.  Ramon however, has retired from touring and now teaches classes at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, Massachusetts along with running his company.  He is married to Maria Morena and they have a young daughter who dances flamenco and ballet.  Ramon De Los Reyes is a man who throughout the years has stayed true to his family and culture in every place that his dancing career has taken him.  He supports myself and several other dances to not only dance flamenco, but love flamenco with a passion.  I find my teacher remarkable because after all of his years of dancing, his devotion to flamenco has not faded one bit.  No matter how much  a student struggles in his class, he makes it clear that one day you will understand and "get" the dance, and it will all be worth it.  Frequently he tells students, to first dance with your mind and later with your heart.  To some he is a flamenco teacher, but to me is more than that, he is a large part of my inspiration and motivation to continue dancing, practice after every class, and believe that by dancing through life flamenco will always remain a passion that I hope to be eternally devoted to. 



Elon said...

This seems like a great focus for your research. He's lived a fascinating life, and his continued commitment to this tradition is inspiring. I'm sure he can tell you a lot about flamenco in America and what it's been like for him to dance and teach over the past many years. Great choice.

Lisa L. said...

this sounds like it'll be a good paper. are there any specifics that you especially want to emphasize about your him?