Dance for Antonio Banderas at the Golden Eagle Awards.
“Antonio told everyone that the event was very late and that he was very sorry but that he had to go out to pick up his wife Melanie at the airport that came from India.
All the press and producer of the awards began to hallucinate, many smiles were erased from the face, including mine and the guitarist also Malagueño who accompanied me to act at the time they would give the prize to Banderas.
Suddenly I went to Antonio Banderas, introduced myself and told him in front of almost 70 people, that he could not leave, that I had been waiting a long time for this moment that was sure to be magical and that he would stay … not only I remain, if not that he said to everyone and out loud; Put one more chair on the stage, I’m going to play the palms of this Madrid girl, then she went to me and in a short time she told me, after the delivery, do not go, I want to take a picture with which she has convinced me so that I stayed.
+ GENERAL CONSULATE OF SPAIN IN LOS ANGELES
- As Flamenco Ambassador Esther Ponce represents Spain and dances for 60 Cons of different countries who later signed a letter of recommendation in NY City INS.
- Esther Ponce enters and leaves the country with her Visa 01 (Special Habilities) thanks to Sandra Cannon, her unconditional student, her intimate friend of adventures and flamenco around the world and her lawyer.
Bureaucratically, it is supported by the Spanish Consul General José Luis Dicenta Ballester, who does not hesitate to support and recognize in society the importance of the artist in the United States, as well as his successor, Don Inocencio Arias, from whom he receives recognition at his residence. Los Angeles for being the only Spanish artist to broadcast her show Flamenco Dreams on North American cultural TV.
Produces, directs and choreographs Flamenco Sensual, formed by 5 students from different countries of the world, which will be filmed and broadcast during the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Day in the store owned by Yadro in Beverlly Hills. Presented by D. Jose Luis Ballester.
“I was a teacher for almost 4 years. I received students from all over California. I had a student who had been driving from San Diego at 2h.30m to my class of an hour and a half and returned to San Diego after class. That’s called Passion!
My class looked like UNICEF. North Americans, Latinos, African Americans, Israelites … Don Jose Luis, the consul, liked the idea of teaching the learning of 5 students of different nationalities, who in just one year of intensive classes of 12 hours a week from Tecnica and Choreography learned at a professional level.
Flamenco Sensual surrounds it in “Windows” A down town restaurant famous for its height and which are all windows …
The first day that my producer took me to dinner to my mother and me to Windows and saw the lights of the night through those huge windows to the ground, I said: Until I set up a stage and dance to LA night not I’m going to stop! I will choose 5 of my students. We offered a tequlia, since the owner was Mexican and the next day I was cutting the letas with my dressmaker and talking to the Consul who would be the one presenting the “Flamenco Sensual” Cocktail.
He added me to his guest list and I went to a lot of very fun events and parties. A very convoluted Consul. He also made a meal in honor of my father who came to visit me in LA with the director of the tour office Don Ignacio Ducasse, a very good friend in his day, who also supported me during my stay in Los Angeles.
+ AS E.P. PRODUCTIONS IS SENT BY THE TOURISM OFFICE OF L.A TO THE SECOND BANK OF HIRING OF FLAMENCO DE ANDALUCIA.
It was a very productive experience and a lot of learning at the business level. It was funny to see my colleagues acting for Andalucia and I to be a pubic as a producer. Andalucia There Is Only One did it very well. I learned a lot in The Flamenco routes that were orgnaized, especially over cantes, that in Madrid if you are not very fond, it escapes us. The best of all was living in L.A, traveling to Spain and returning to L.A to continue.
In the Gramhy with Diego el Cigala
Esther Ponce relives her encounter with Diego el Cigala in the celebration of the Gramhy and they even sign a contract for “Second Annual Los Angeles Flamenco Festival” with the poster already made with dates, theater, etc.
“That was my first and last hoax in LA, a journalist in a powerful newspaper with a fantasy producer, who cheated on me. They also took advantage of my relationship with Diego and used me to get to him. They almost get me to lose the special relationship that El Cigala and I have. But luckily it was not like that.
Diego taught me to dance by solea in the streets of Madrid in front of the Corral de la Moreria.
He saw me crying because he had to replace a dancer and he had lied because he did not know any dance, only pieces learned in the classes. Later, when I was 18 years old, I went back to the solea with Diego El Cigala to sing on the stage of “Casa Patas” in Madrid, I prefer to stay with that memory, although it was also an adventure to bring from singer to Diego el Cigala al Patas because between function and function he left and the second part had already started and he had not come back, I left everyone waiting, public and artists and asked my father to take me to where Diego was … he took me, and I told him Diego, I remind you that I have hired you to sing, we are all waiting for you, it’s a good thing that I cast a couple and with 18!
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