Interactive Music Workshop for Kids
All Around This World: Flamenco Dance and Guitar
Around This World and International House present a Flamenco dance and music
workshop for kids and their families. Flamenco dancer Amy Schofield and
accompanying guitarist Chris Scavello will transport participants to Spain
through this engaging, interactive Iberian adventure."
Amy Schofield began dancing at the age of three in her hometown of Kenner, Louisiana. The year she graduated from high school as class valedictorian, Amy was named a semifinalist for “Dance America Dancer of the Year”. Amy went on to study at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she graduated with honors, obtaining a Bachelor of FineArts in Ballet Performance. During her years at UArts, Amy had the opportunity to work with many choreographers including Kun-Yang Lin, Scott Jovovich, Anastasia Babayeva, Sara Procopio, Anna Rubio, Helen Simoneau, andmany more. Amy began her flamenco education with Anna and Toto Rubio and was on stage less than a year later. She regularly travels to Spain to continue her flamenco education at schools such as the Fundación de Arte Flamenco Christina Hereen in Sevilla, Amor De Dios in Madrid, and Estudio de Baile Flamenco de Chiqui de Jerez. While in Spain, she studies with maestros Milagros Menjibar, Javier Latorre, Domingo Ortega, InmaculadaOrtega, Oscar de los Reyes, Alfonso Losa among others. Amy has also had the pleasure of studying with Antonio Hidalgo, Maria Bermudez, La China, and Adrián Galia, just to name a few. Amy is currently working as a flamenco teaching artist and company member with both Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in New York and Flamenco del Encuentro in Philadelphia.
Chris Scavello picked up the guitar at the age 14 with a drive to learn rock music. This drive lead to joining a local cover and original band and performing all around the Philadelphia area by age 18. Chris's interest in Spanish classical music began by studying Asturias Leyenda by Izaac Albeniz. At West Chester University he studied guitar and composition earning a Bachelor's degree in Music Theory and Composition.
At the age of 21 he began his flamenco studies with Tito Rubio with whomhe spent 7 years studying and became accompanist for the flamenco dance classes of Anna Rubio taught at the University of the Arts. During this time Chris also performed with their flamenco group Flamenco Del Encuentroin the Philadelphia area.
In 2009, Chris chose to go to La Fundación de Cristina Heeren in Sevilla Spain. After completing his first year at La Fundación in the intermediateprogram he returned with a full scholarship and completed the advanced program. Now, back in the USA he performs with many dance companies, teaching guitar, and composing.
International House joins All Around This World, a Philadelphia-based global music and world cultures program for small children, in presenting a monthly series of participatory cultural workshops that will be fun for the whole family. Hosted by All Around This World educators Jay Sand, Emily Bate and Melanie Hsu, each workshop will feature an experienced "culture bearer" from around the world who will invite you and your kids to engage in his or her traditional music or dance; learn samba rhythms or Brazilian capoeria, play a West African djembe or a North African doumbek, chant to tabla "bols." Explore different countries and cultures without having to worry about your toddlers toddling! Each workshop will last approximately 40 minutes and will invite you and even your tiniest kids to sing, dance and clap along. Best for grown-ups and their young kids, infants to 7 years old.