Esther Ponce Magazine

THE DANCER AND THE DIPLOMAT

BIOGRAPHY

Three years full of surreal adventures, successfully at a frenetic rhythm in Los Angeles, California 

Chaper. 12 Enrique Bumbury takes me up on the nightstand at dawn to dance for him

When my mother was in LA, she brought from Spain some beautiful letter tiles to Georgia that I commissioned to set up a kind of Tavern Tablao , in the garden to give parties. LA FLAMENQUITA. After seeing El Ballet Nacional de España perform, I invited them home and we had a party that lasted until dawn. I ended up in the jacuzzi kissing a dancer and the singer diving, putting on the soundtrack.  

Living together at Georgia's house was getting difficult. SHe drank a bottle of white wine every night and hinted that she would like to try sex with a woman, and I no longer felt comfortable. SHe was starting to blame me that I should pay her more money per month. She was my student and saw the money I was making, but it didn't make sense to pay for a room the same as for an entire apartment. 

One day after class and at night, I came home and Georgia had changed the lock on her house with all my things inside and that is not legal. So I had to call a lawyer to witness the situation and make such a crazy woman see reason. I never got inside and it was her ex-boyfriend and her only friend who took my luggage out. 

So Paul found an apartment for me in a beautiful place, Park La Brea, super close to the school and right in front of my favorite place, The Grove, with the best shops and restaurants. The only drawback was that I was a foreigner, I did not have a "job", no way to justify financial solvency to sign the rental papers and it was Paul who signed everything. As the apartment had 2 bedrooms and two bathrooms, in gratitude I offered to stay as long as he wanted, as long as my family did not come to visit me. He actually moved in, furnished the apartment with his furniture and he couldn't even imagine that what he signed was also the beginning of his ordeal of jealousy for me. 

My mother called me all excited and told me that Luis Miguel, my first childhood boyfriend, was Enrique Bunbury's drummer and road manager of the American tour, and to be aware that he would call me because they had a concert in LA. I could'nt believe it! Very handsome, rocker, surfer ... My mother always said that I should never have left him. Who was going to tell me that destiny would bring us together again. 

I was in my daily English class for adults and foreigners at the University of Fairfax, when my cell phone rang and it was Luismi —Esther !!! How are you my crazy? Give me your address and I'll send you a car to pick you up tonight that will take you to the concert, the driver will give you an envelope with the bracelet for the backstage. He also told me that they were super tired from the tour, that they had not enough time to buy vitamins and that he trusted me.

Just the guy who sat next to me in class was a staunch Bunbury fan but he didn't have the money to buy a ticket. However, he had contacts, and we did the perfect plan. 

When I got to the dressing room, everyone was waiting for me land as the Flamencos use to say, I gave them Blessed Glory. The concert was sold out and people knew all the songs. 

It was spectacular to see Enrique live, I sang until I was hoarse and I think I got a cactus on my head from so much tequila. 

Once in the hotel, the production manager who was like a behemoth, also a childhood friend of mine, had to punch out two fans who had sneaked in and tried to enter Bunbury's room. 

From that moment another rock and roll concert began, going back and forth between rooms, the leather of famous musicians was tattooed at times, and between euphoric laughter, the hours passed and people disappeared until without realizing it we were Luis Miguel, the manager and me. When Luismi suddenly jumped up and said - Wait a minute Esther, don't go yet. I'm going to see if Enrique is in the mood and I'll introduce him to you. 

I don't know what he would say to him, but at one point Enrique Bunbury appeared, the one who seemed untouchable and inaccessible, with that particular hairstyle and with his peculiar voice, he told me that if I was the best bailaora in Los Angeles, he would like to see it.And Without waiting for my answer, he approached me and as if I were a doll he took me in his arms and lifted me to the bedside table that was tiny and narrow and I also climbed on the first floor in my heels.Luis Miguel remembered the crazy Esther and he changed his face waiting for my reaction and surely he would be asking Los Angeles from hell to keep his job. 

I began to move my hands imitating what he did in his concerts and that drove me crazy, while I sang one of his lyrics to him; "You always tell me I don't love you anymore ..." Enrique began to laugh out loud as he looked at Luismi who finally breathed and the manager gently lowered me to the ground, while I explained to them that I taught 8 hours a day of high-level flamenco classes and that at the moment my legs were not secured like Jenifer López's ass. 

And I decided to put an end to the night that I will never forget, singing to Bunbury himself in his ear and very softly as if it were a lullaby, some tangos by La Susi. 

DON'T MISS CHAPTER 13

I am named Ambassador of Flamenco in the Los Angeles Consular Corps representing Spain.

Flamenco tavern with the virgin of the helpless's tiles

In the office of my new apartment in Park La Brea

Entre dos tierras estas
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Déjame
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
Esther Ponce's experimental Flamenco is ready for the Valencian Director of Tourism to meet

It is very gratifying to have an idea like the experimental Flamenco in Valencia, carry it out and have managed to attract more than 20 foreign clients to Valencia in a short time and without marketing, who have passed through the Flamenco Art Center, and who have not only They learned a lot if not they have returned to their country with a better concept of Valencia.

His experience and approach to flamenco led by Esther Ponce will make you return without hesitation to the city of Turia.

Esther Ponce not only surrounds them with her passion and charisma from the first moment, her professionalism and a very long journey through different countries of the world where she has lived for long periods, she makes them fall in love.

You just have to read the dedications of all the foreigners who write in their precious notebook created for them and that are already adding more and more.

«They also buy semi-professional shoes and a skirt to study with me.» That’s already the best! –
~ Esther Ponce

 The foreigner is used to teaching flamenco very quickly and without discipline, anything goes, any shoe, any skirt, hanging out even parodying and even ridiculing flamenco.

With me if they want to study two private hours which is the minimum, they are given the option of buying or renting the shoes and none of them have thought twice about it to this day.
 
«Being a polyglot, doors just open up to me» –
~ Esther Ponce
 
Definitely the Experimental Flamenco of Esther Ponce has an Angel!

From England, without a doubt the most special Experimental Flamenco we have had at the Flamenco Art Center in these two and a half years.

The Esther Ponce Stylized Flamenco Art Center has been open for two and a half years. El Ángel Every August 28, for Esther’s birthday, a new foreign student gives her a gift and the flamenco toast intensifies.

«The students do not want to miss the opportunity to study with me. When they start to study my technique they are hooked at the first second. Those who play sports and take care of themselves immediately identify with my stretching and feel safer for the rest of the class and those who don’t appreciate it and will surely start practicing it and taking care of themselves forever »
~ Esther Ponce

This year Esther thought that her Angel would be very busy due to the current pandemic situation and also that it would be a coincidence that another year happened.

But to Esther’s surprise it was like that and without doubt the most special flamenco toast for England.

«Discipline is my hallmark and not even the Covid has stopped us» «I have never doubted it and I will only teach classes with a mask»
~ Esther Ponce

After the experience of teaching classes with a mask? A private flamenco class for two hours without stopping, does Esther remember that when she and the student went out into the street they breathed for two seconds as if there were no tomorrow?According to Esther’s recent experience, with the mask you cannot see the total expression of the student, but the eyes also speak and flamenco is also expressed with the body.

With all the safety measures, the student disinfected her shoes, put hydroalcoholic gel on her hands, a temperature control was performed with a non-contact forehead thermometer and the student did not remove her mask during the two hours, only in the changing room that she only used to drink water. 

“Now I can present my Experimental Flamenco to the director of Tourism of Valencia and let him roll with the little ham :)”
 
~ Esther Ponce