History Quiz: Antonio Gades

1.    Through what societal group did Gades find his calling in flamenco?


2.    Name the choreographer who discovered Gades at age 16 and gave him his stage name.


3.    What did Gades and the choreographer mentioned above contribute to Spanish dance?


4.    Who provided Gades with his virile technique?


5.    Why did Gades think that one pirouette was as good as four?


6.    What experience made Gades decide to launch his own company and dedicate himself to choreography?


7.    Fed up with Franco’s lack of concern for human rights, Gades disbanded his troupe in 1975 and allied with what country?


8.    List the qualities that made Gades a famed dancer and inimitable artist.


9.    Name the three productions that became known as the Flamenco Trilogy, and what was unique about Gades’ choreography within them.


10.    True or False: Gades directed four major companies, earned more dance awards than any other Spanish dancer to date and was an outspoken human rights activist.







1. Gypsies;  2. Pilar López;  3. They transformed Spanish dance from folk art to a fully staged and choreographed professional artform.;  4. Vicente Escudero;  5. He railed against the appropriation of flamenco (by Franco’s government) as a virtuoso exhibition of Romantic Spanish culture, and he believed a pirouette’s value lay with the quality of its execution not its quantity.;  6. The experience of using dance to tell a story, when dancing and acting in his film debut, Los Tarantos.;  7. Cuba;  8. Grace and agility, still hips and tight pirouettes, emotional sobriety, sharp turn of his wrists, a unique look and the ability to express the adversity of the Spanish people;  9. Bodas de Sangre, Carmen, El Amor Brujo; It traveled and devoured space, rather than presenting steps in the traditionally confined limited space.;  10. True

Teaching Tips
A 2019 Dancewave training. Photo by Effy Grey, courtesy Dancewave

By now, most dance educators hopefully understand that they have a responsibility to address racism in the studio. But knowing that you need to be actively cultivating racial equity isn't the same thing as knowing how to do so.

Of course, there's no easy answer, and no perfect approach. As social justice advocate David King emphasized at a recent interactive webinar, "Cultivating Racial Equity in the Classroom," this work is never-ending. The event, hosted by Dancewave (which just launched a new racial-equity curriculum) was a good starting point, though, and offered some helpful takeaways for dance educators committed to racial justice.

Keep reading... Show less
Higher Ed
The author, Robyn Watson. Photo courtesy Watson

Recently, I posted a thread of tweets elucidating the lack of respect for tap dance in college dance programs, and arguing that it should be a requirement for dance majors.

According to onstageblog.com, out of the 30 top-ranked college dance programs in the U.S., tap dance is offered at 19 of them, but only one school requires majors to take more than a beginner course—Oklahoma City University. Many prestigious dance programs, like the ones at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase, don't offer a single course in tap dance.

Keep reading... Show less
Teaching Tips
Getty Images

After months of lockdowns and virtual learning, many studios across the country are opening their doors and returning to in-person classes. Teachers and students alike have likely been chomping at the bit in anticipation of the return of dance-class normalcy that doesn't require a reliable internet connection or converting your living room into a dance space.

But along with the back-to-school excitement, dancers might be feeling rusty from being away from the studio for so long. A loss of flexibility, strength and stamina is to be expected, not to mention emotional fatigue from all of the uncertainty and reacclimating to social activities.

So as much as everyone wants to get back to normal—teachers and studio owners included—erring on the side of caution with your dancers' training will be the most beneficial approach in the long run.

Keep reading... Show less

Get Dance Business Weekly in your inbox

Sign Up Used in accordance with our Privacy Policy.