APPROACH TO CLASS:
My approach to teaching is to create an inclusive, non-judgmental environment that allows students to freely engage in the art of Flamenco, to include asking questions and expressing themselves through this beautiful art form. Also to foster collaboration among students.
I have been teaching for 12 years and started at Joy of Motion in 2008.
Trained intensively with local flamenco artist Estela Velez and renowned Flamenco masters Alejandro Granados, La Farruca, Carmela Greco, Antonio Santaella, Miguel Vargas, David Coria, Antonio Vargas, and many others.
Get to Know Daniel
Why do you share dance?
I share the art of Flamenco because it is a unique and beautiful art form that allows a dancer to express their deepest emotions. Everyone should be allowed to express themselves in the medium for which they are most comfortable, and for those who choose dance, specifically Flamenco, I want to provide them with the facility and tools with which to provide that expression.
I had always seen dance and admired those who could dance beautifully, but as a young boy in a predominately Hispanic town, dancing wasn’t a thing little boys did, along with being too shy to dance, and so I never took a formal dance class until my senior year in college, where the world of dance was opened to me, and have sought dance ever since.
Who have you danced with?
My dance college professor invited me to dance with his company, Aztlan, in Austin, Texas for my last summer there before moving to the DC-metro area, and that is where I knew that I wanted to perform. So when I found Furia Flamenca in the DC area, it has shaped my performance abilities, and I continue to see, learn, and watch from many renowned Spanish artists such as Eduardo Guerrero, Adrian Santana, Hugo Lopes.
Daniel Paredez began dancing flamenco in January 2006, training intensively with local flamenco artist Estela Velez and renowned Flamenco masters Alejandro Granados, La Farruca, Carmela Greco, Antonio Santaella, Miguel Vargas, David Coria, Antonio Vargas, and many others. He joined Furia Flamenca, a DC Metro-area flamenco company in 2006, and shortly thereafter became the company’s lead male dancer and a soloist for the company. Performances include the Washington National Opera’s production of Don Giovanni at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2007), as a soloist in Furia Flamenca’s Lorca: Flamenco Poetry (Alden Theater, 2009); the Kennedy Center’s Millennium State (2010); Atlas Performing Arts Center (2011, 2015) where he was an Emerging Performer finalist at the Metro-DC Dance Awards in 2011; Ida y Vuelta: De Donde Vienes Mestizo in Managua, Nicaragua (2011); and a featured dancer in Teatro Lyrico DC’s La Verbena de la Paloma at the Gala Hispanic Theater (2014). Other performance venues include the Lincoln Theater, honoring Judith Jameson and Rita Moreno; the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater; National Theater; Baltimore’s Lyric Opera House; Harmon Hall; Publick Playhouse; Dance Place; and the Jack Guidone Theater. Paredez has also performed in tablaos locally and abroad in Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. In 2009, he taught flamenco at the Kirov Academy of Ballet’s summer intensive in DC. He has supplemented his Flamenco with training in ballet, modern, and aerial dance.