Paz Vega on Flamenco: 'If You Love the Music, You Can Dance'

Spanish-born Paz Vega plays legendary opera diva Maria Callas in this month's Grace of Monaco, but in real life she grooves to her homeland's signature sound. By Marnie Hanel

Meredith Jenks

Meredith Jenks

BIRTHRIGHT:Everybody born in Seville learns how to dance flamenco. It's part of the tradition. I learned from our neighbor when I was 6 or 7.

SIBLING RIVALRY: My sister dances professionally around the world, in Moscow, Japan, South America, and New York. She's a real dancer. I'm not like her, but I'm not so bad.

WARDROBE CHECK:Choosing a dress is very personal. No two are the same. Right now, the style is very tight. Typically, they are long so that they swirl when you turn, but my favorite was cute and different—and short!

MOOD SWINGS: Flamenco can be very happy and fun, or it can be tragic. It depends on the music.

FEEL THE EARTH MOVE:Ballet is very light—you try to fly. Flamenco is the opposite. You have to be connected with the ground. You have to be deep.

ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS: Feel the music first. If you love the music, you can dance. It's all about the pleasure of it.

SHOWSTOPPER:A great performance touches you. You feel escalofríos—chills!

Dress, $2095; Dolce & Gabbana
Necklace, $2320
Nail Bracelet, Cartier
Diamond Bracelet, Bulgari
Multicolored Bracelet, Bulgari
Hand Bracelet, Colette
Shoes, $750, Giuseppe

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