Obama’s Flamenco dancer stamps his feet to get paid

LAST UPDATED: 7 Feb, 2011 @ 10:13
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Obama’s Flamenco dancer stamps his feet to get paid

By Anatoly Kurmanaev

ONE OF Andalucia’s finest flamenco dancers is suing a town hall over an unpaid bill.

Juan Andres Maya  – who performed for Michelle Obama during her recent visit to Andalucia – insists that his troupe have not received their 3,000 euro fee for headlining the annual Flamenco Festival in July.

In fact, none of the festival’s performers received a penny from the 12,000 euros handed over to the town by provincial bosses.

“The Gaucin mayor has no shame, playing like that with the bread of our children,” Maya said.

The artist, who performed for the President’s wife in his native Granada, has been forced to lay off six of his group because of the situation.

“It’s a disgrace to the town,” former Gaucin mayor Teodoro de Molina told the Olive Press. “This is so bad for the festival. Performers are already talking about boycotting it next year,” he added.

Gaucin’s Flamenco Festival has been running for 15 years, growing into one of the largest artistic events in the Serrania de Ronda.
The Conservative-controlled town hall insists that the artists will be paid once the council ‘gets some money’.

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