That clatter of castanets and quicksilver, percussive footwork announce Gala Flamenca: a quartet of flamenco stars who strut into town with a clutch of supporting dancers, live musicians and rave reviews from last year's Flamenco Festival in London. (Yes, London hosts a significant flamenco festival.) The show opens with the stars – Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Karime Amaya and Jesús Carmona – displaying their prowess in solo turns before the program erupts with more competitive duets. Carmona, for one, is known for his rapid footwork, but Canales charmed London reviewers with his ability to casually stroll across the stage while his feet fired increasingly complex rhythms as he smiled sweetly and didn't even break a sweat. Perhaps as a harbinger of spring, flamenco is blooming all over SoCal this weekend, and not just the usual restaurant flamenco shows. Irvine Barclay hosts a flamenco festival and the Fountain Theater has the March edition of Forever Flamenco. See our dance listings for other flamenco offerings. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; Fri., March 14, 8 p.m.; $25-$60.

Fri., March 14, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 03/14/14)

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