'Dancing is my life,' Flamenco instructor says

2014年11月18日

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Originally from Valencia, Spain, performer, dance instructor and choreographer MariaJose Staley Ramon Ros has an international resume. She studied under the Royal Academy of Dance and the Spanish Dance Society and has danced in Valencia and Madrid, Spain, and Okinawa, Japan. She also has taught ballet and flamenco at universities in Spain, Japan and the U.S.


She moved to Great Falls a year ago with her husband, Michael Staley, and was embraced by Miss Linda School of Dance. There, she began teaching flamenco, the highly expressive Spanish dance featuring hand clapping, percussive footwork and intricate hand, arm and body movements. The difficult dance has attracted many to her classes.


1. How long have you been dancing?


"I have been dancing (ballet) since I was 7 years old. At the age of 11, I began to learn flamenco. Flamenco is the national dance of Spain."


2. How did you choose dancing?


"Basically, as soon as I began to walk I started dancing. My mother said we have to take some energy from this girl. I was persistent. I started ballet and then also danced flamenco."


3. What is your weekly routine? What other activities do you do?


"I take tap classes twice a week and a ballet class once a week. I teach open flamenco adult classes once a week; teen classes once a week; and children's class once a week. I work out Tuesday and Thursday at Snap Fitness."


4. What keeps you motivated?


"Dancing is my hobby — my life. It is a blessing and a gift that the Lord has given me, and I want to give back."


5. Is this something anyone can do?


"Everybody can dance the flamenco. It is like a language. In the beginning it is hard, but once you begin to learn the culture and see your teacher dancing, you speak flamenco."


6. What tips do you have for someone who wants to get started?


"Don't be embarrassed to dance. It is all expression. You must be open to get the expression and move every part of your body."


7. What health benefits have you seen?


"Dancing is a sport that moves all of your body. It gives you physical posture and makes everything in life easier. It is healthy for your heart. You also have your mind working all the time."


8. How do you incorporate nutrition with your workout routine?


"In Spain, where I am from, I am used to the Mediterranean diet. We don't eat fast food. We cook at home and know what we are eating.


You will burn a lot of calories with flamenco and ballet. But you don't want to abuse food. I do snack before class by having a healthy yogurt. My daily food intake includes cereal for breakfast or eggs, if I have time. For lunch, I have soup or rice, chicken, vegetables or pasta. Because I teach late here at the studio, I usually have some leftovers for dinner, which often includes thin Spanish noodles. Admittedly, I do like chocolate, but I have to treat myself to it in the morning so I burn it off during the day."


9. Have you faced any setbacks (injuries) and how did you overcome them?


"I have sprained both my ankles dancing, which took three months to heal. I have also pulled hamstrings. I have to be very careful to warm up before classes. In Spain, we have very good physio therapy, and I miss that."Read more at:mermaid prom dresses

 

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