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10/18/2013

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FANTASTICO FLAMENCO Rocio Molina has a worldwide following. Image from The Ringling A RENOWNED DANCER THRILLS HER AUDIENCE AT THE RINGLING INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL By Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer We stood in the lobby of the Asolo Theatre, have been praying. Those of us in the soldwaiting to be admitted into the Mertz Theatre out audience were in our seats, awaiting our to see Rocio Molina, the world-famous fla- star performer. menco dancer, who hails from Malaga, Spain. And then it began. The woman I had been As I made my way to my seat in the second staring at with broad curiosity for the past 15 row, I took a moment to observe my sur- minutes suddenly turned around and became roundings. The magnificent Mertz, with its … Rocio Molina. Her body seemed perfectly old-world décor; opaque, tulip-shaped glass made for dancing: slender arms, long waist, lamps; and burgundy velvet valances setting beautiful back — and her excellent posture apart the loges seemed like the perfect set- gave her a very proud bearing. She began her routine slowly, as her three male partners ting for what we were about to see. started to move forward. One sat down and Onstage was a woman dressed all in black, began to play the guitar while the other two with her back to the audience. She was "per- clapped in rhythm to her dancing, almost forming" a type of ritual to the background like stereo speakers designed to enhance her sounds of atonal music. She almost could movements.

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