Flamenco in Atlanta in January 2015



Seville dancer Lakshmi Basile “La Chimi” teaches in Atlanta Jan. 22-25 / Classes for basic and advanced levels.


Lakshmi inherited the line of Angelita Vargas and Manuela Carrasco, and dances a strong feminine Flamenco puro. She won awards at the concursos in Cordoba and La Union in 2010 and 2011, and those go to the top young dancers in Spain. She is one of the few extranjeros to ever win. Lakshmi is from California, and has lived in Seville for more than a decade. Everyone in Spain says the only thing not Spanish about her is her passport. Haha! But, seriously, that’s what they say. Videos show it:


Clip of a documentary about Lakshmi’s Flamenco experience in Spain >>

lakshmi4Lakshmi Basile began performing at age six with her parents’ band “The Electrocarpathians”. She studied dance through primary, middle, and secondary school at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. She grew up within San Diego flamenco scene, where her passionate artistic persona began to form. After performing regularly as a flamenco dancer in California and studying classical dance at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Lakshmi moved to Spain at age 20 to further her flamenco studies. She was fortunate to quickly be embraced by artists there and has come to work aside great artists such as Manuel Molina, Remedios Amaya, Joselito Mendez, Antonio Moya, La Hermenia, Carmen Ledesma, Antonio Rey and La Tona. She was given the nickname La Chimi (which is simply her own name re-pronounced). In recent years, Lakshmi Basile “La Chimi” made history, being the first non-Spanish artist to win an award in the central Flamenco contest, Concurso de las Minas de La Unión, in 2011. She also was granted an award in another primary contest, the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco e Córdoba. There she surprised flamenco critics and received stunning reviews; “-un desgarrador homenaje a los románticos de lo jondo” (a heartwrenching homage to the romantics of pure fFamenco) Alberto García Reyes, ABC. Within ten years, Lakshmi has solidly founded her career in Sevilla, the cradle of Flamenco. She performs daily as a soloist at El Palacio Andaluz in Sevilla and appears with major Flamenco artists at private parties and festivals throughout the year. She has also performed in Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Great Britain and Denmark, and produced her own theatrical show in Spain, entitled “Zarabanda, Lo Que Duerme en el Cuerpo de los Gitanos.” She is much sought after as a teacher by Flamenco students in Spain. Lakshmi Basile has founded a substantial artistic career as a Flamenco dancer, because that is what she is at heart. “Su baile es de una alegría conquistada (her dance is a conquered happiness)” Felix Grande, poeta and Flamencoligist. “La unica cosa Americana que tiene es su pasaporte (the only American thing about her is her passport)”- Angel Ojeda, former minister of La Junta de Andalucía.

Atlanta Class Information

Lakshmi can set up a series of semi-private courses if you’d like. Or, you could attend a general course, palo TBA

General course schedule would be like this, more or less:
Jan. 22, 23 — Classes at 6:30 – 8 p.m., 8-9:30 pm – technique & choreography in each class
Jan. 24 — Classes at 2-3:30 p.m., 3:30 -5 pm, technique & choreography in each class
Jan. 24 — Charla 5-6 pm
Jan. 25 — Classes at 10 a.m. – noon or 1-3 pm (will know this in a week or so) – technique & choreo in each class
Classes would happen in Calo Gitano Studio, Kirkwood when registration tops 15 people –
Early class is more advanced – would you want a prop? speak up!
Late class is more basic – good for beginners/less experienced

Tuition, includes charla:
This is a pre-registration rate; prices go up after Dec. 20 –
1 track = $210/4 days (one class daily)
2 tracks = $285/4 days (two classses daily)
Suelto: $60/single class
Suelto: $10/charla
Please inquire for informatioin about private and semi-private classes.

Info & Registration: Julie Galle Baggenstoss julie@flamencoclasses.com

To register, send an e-mail with your name, addresss and phone number and a note declaring which class(es) you would like to take. You’ll receive instructions for submitting a non-refundable deposit of $30. Registration is complete once the e-mail and deposit have been received. Please call or write with questions: 404-277-1499, julie@flamencoclasses.com