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Fancy Footwork

By Riki Altman-Yee

White dress photo by Peter Muller


Dancer Sara Baras’ flamenco finesse transcends borders.

 The winner of many prestigious honors, including Spain’s National Dance Award, Sara Baras’ fast and furious flamenco footwork has graced stages worldwide more than 4,000 times. This month, she’s bringing her castanets and mantilla to the Arsht as part of the center’s popular Flamenco Festival, a showcase of the Iberian dance form that’s entering its 12th year in Miami.

Red dress photo by Santana de Yepes

Currently comprising 15 artists and six technicians, the 20-year-old company is touring the world with Sombras (Shades), an emotional performance incorporating Baras’ solo pieces, pas de deux with guest artist Jose Serrano and group numbers with the entire troupe (or “family” as she calls them) onstage. In 2015, Baras’ tribute performance of Voces sold out its four nights in Miami. “This year I come with the same energy as last time,” she promises. “I still remember the love of the audience from [that visit]. That show was the first one I presented after becoming a mother, so it was very special.”

Green dress photo by Juliette Valtiendas

 Each time Baras performs, she says she considers the weight of her unofficial role as Spanish culture ambassador: “It is a big responsibility, but I am very proud to be able to represent my culture. Spain is a country full of art [and it’s also a] land where many artists were born.” However, she adds, “it is a pleasure for me to come back to Miami. We are going to leave our souls on that stage.” March 13-17, times vary, $25-$125, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.949.6722,