A modern-day Renaissance woman, Bárbara Balbo dances, writes, sings, and has extensive training in neuropsychology and emotional intelligence. In an interview with GentleWoman Talk, she reveals her thoughts on the Spanish dance scene and gender inequality, as well as how art has become her specific form of expression.
A woman of many talents
Dancing, however, is not the only art form practiced by Bárbara. She took singing lessons from the famous tenor Oscar Ruiz, who taught her that the voice is a powerful tool with which to express one’s emotions, body and soul. She began piano lessons as a self-taught child, which she continues to this day because of her love for the instrument.
Her adventure with art – thanks to her mother – began as a child. Before she learned flamenco, she had time to try her hand at jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and salsa dancing. It was, however, the sound of castanets, the clatter of heels and the rustling of ruffles that won her heart, making her capture the Spanish dance scene – proving in the process that passion and work can be combined.
Balbo describes herself as an expert in emotional intelligence. Published BalanSer, a motivational journal designed to help readers find balance in life. As she herself mentions, man’s greatest wealth is the ability to share, which is why she is so eager to pass on her knowledge in every way she knows. She is also constantly trying to educate herself and is currently studying communications at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
In an interview conducted by Basia Adamczyk (Flow and The Daffodils Orchestra), her namesake talks about her journey to self-acceptance, the hardships of being a woman on the art scene, and her love of dance. The artist reveals the colors of flamenco and why it is not just the red with which everyone identifies it. The conversation oscillates around the topic of The Daffodils Art Project, an international art collective in which both ladies participate.