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Mountain AIRE / Weekend Flamenco retreat in the Georgia Mountains
Private lake homes at Glen-Ella Springs on Lake Rabun, GA
Lakemont, GA
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Mountain AIRE / Weekend Flamenco retreat in the Georgia Mountains
Second-annual Mountain AIRE Retreat
July 18-20
Lake Rabun, GA
Lodging, meals, and class are provided in a private lake home.

Flamenco dancers, guitarists, and singers come together for three days at Lake Rabun, GA, for a weekend of fun and friendship anchored by an art form of community.

Classes of bulerías por fiesta focus on guitar, with singing and dance instruction from Flamenco guitarist Ethan Margolis, who also sings and dances in the tradition of the Flamenco fiesta.  Margolis is a master teacher of bulerías por fiesta, because of his deep understanding of music and song and their relationship to the dance.  Everyone benefits from learning and practicing the structure of bulerías por fiesta during classes and in fiestas.  

Daily schedule:

1 hour guitar & song instruction

1 hour dance instruction

1 hour coached fiesta, to practice interaction, reaction, communication and smiles

Friday, July 18
5:00 PM check-in opens; please inquire for early check-in
7:00 PM guitar & cante class
8:00 PM dance class
9:00 PM dinner opens, fiesta to follow

Saturday, July 19
11:00 AM guitar & cante class
12:00 PM dance class
1:00 PM  8:00 PM free time
8:00 PM dinner opens, fiesta to follow

Sunday, July 20
11:00 AM guitar & cante class
12:00 PM dance class
1:00 PM wrap up
2:00 PM lunch & check out

Location, menu, and accommodations

The registration fee covers all classes, meals, and lodging, and everything is provided at a private lake home on Lake Rabun, GA.  Lake Rabun is approximately 2 hours northeast of Atlanta.  Exact address will be provided upon registration.  All meals, excluding alcoholic beverages, are included in the registration fee.  A complete menu will be published by July 1.

Outdoor activities including boating, swimming, hiking, and relaxing in the hammock are optional at no additional charge.  Cell phone coverage and wi-fi are not guaranteed and will not be missed.

About Ethan Margolis, guitarist

Born in Santa Cruz, CA and raised in Cleveland, OH, Ethan comes from a family of musicians. It is this source that has provided him with a profound love and dedication for the creation and performance of musical art. Margolis was attracted to Flamenco due to its pure essence and its ability to transmit raw, human emotion.

Since his arrival in Seville in the year 2000, Margolis has made a name for himself in an intimate world of legendary artists. He has performed with a long list of Spain's most prominent Flamenco artists including Concha Vargas, Inés Bacán, El Lebrijano, Curro Fernandez, Las Peligros, El Barullo, El Canastero, Tomás Perrate, Pedro Peña, Manuel de Paula, Miguel Funi, El Tañe, Joselito Fernandez, and Diego de la Margara.

In January of 2006, Margolis launched his Flamenco company 'Arte y Pureza' (Art and Purity). It's mission is to preserve Gypsy-style roots flamenco song and dance. Since 2006, Arte y Pureza has toured the USA on four occasions and has taken part in international festivals in Romania, Ecuador, Canada, Spain, and Portugal. Riding the success of 'Arte y Pureza', Margolis produced and played on Miguel Funi's newest album, "Aires Gitanos". He then wrote and toured Spanish Day-the Flamenco Rock Opera as well as forming the Sir Sultry Quintet which fuses jazz and Flamenco music. Currently Margolis is living in Los Angeles, CA, but keeps strong ties to Andalucía, Spain. He recently performed in the Caracolá festival in Lebrija, Spain, one of Flamenco's birthplaces.

Margolis is one of the few young guitarists who view it as their obligation to study, understand, and defend the roots of 'cante gitano andaluz' within flamenco (singer Antonio Mairena referred to the pure singing of the Gypsies as 'cante gitano' so as to separate it from the generalizations that are so often made within Flamenco ). Ethans accompaniment on the guitar is characterized by an extraordinary awareness of the details within Gypsy singing. His musical background has given him a sensitivity towards music that applies to his playing and his teaching.

Tuition & registration

The cost of the retreat includes:
- Three days of training in your chosen discipline (and you may choose more than one)
- Two night accommodation at a private lake home with access to lakeside activities
- All meals, excluding alcoholic beverages

Early registration discount:  $275 tuition, when registration and deposit are completed on or before June 30.

Regular registration: $325 tuition, when registration and deposit are completed on or after July 1.

A $100 deposit is due upon registration, and the balance  of tuition should be paid by July 18.  The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Online registration will be available soon.  Checks are also accepted; please inquire at

Please note all tuition payments are final and registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.


Private lake homes at Glen-Ella Springs on Lake Rabun, GA
1659 Lake Rabun Rd
Lakemont, GA 30052
United States

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