On Thursday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room, Rockland Public Library will present a dance demonstration and talk by Heléna Melone. Andalusian culture, especially Gitano (settled Rom – “Gypsies” -of Spain) is expressed through the fiercely graceful, rhythmically complex and emotionally charged song, music and dance of flamenco. Born of oppression, flamenco is a creative response to crushing forces through artistic self-expression. The history of flamenco runs from to the late 15th century with the expulsion of Muslims, Jews and the Rom from Spain to the present day predominance of male gitanos in Spanish jails.

This presentation will include both performance and lecture, demonstrating and discussing the “duende” (force of possession) that drives this dance form. Melone also will touch upon the related Turkish Rom style of music and dance. Melone, an international dance teacher and performer, holds master of arts degrees in both English literature from the University of New Hampshire and dance as a healing art from Lesley University. She has trained extensively in both flamenco and Middle Eastern styles, traveling to Spain, Turkey and Egypt to deepen her study.

The presentation is free. The library is at 80 Union St. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.