Marisol Monasterio identifies herself as simply a flamenca. Though she's of Venezuelan/Brazilian descent, she has lived in Houston for the past 20 years, and has been learning and dancing flamenco for the last seven. Her journey as a dancer began when a friend introduced her to Maria and Gabriela Aliberti at the Del Espadin Flamenco Studio, and since then, she has fallen in love with this form of art.
In addition to being a dancer, she has recently taken up singing. Her mother sang when she was young, but Monasterio had never sung in her life and has had no studies in singing or vocal training. After starting a flamenco group called Cuadro La Tempestad three years ago, she discovered her voice had the low, mesmerizing quality suitable for flamenco.
"I feel flamenco has a huge source of energy and emotion because you dance by yourself and you interpret the music and the singing as it goes. It's life. You just express whatever you're feeling at the moment. It could be deep sadness, depending on the type of music or the song (palo), it could be happiness, it could be sorrow -- it could be so many things."
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