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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some local students got a taste of flamenco music for free at the St. Augustine Amphitheater Thursday.

"It's to bring cultural awareness to the students," said Dottie Acosta of Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheater.

FOSAA brought in students from across St. Johns County to watch Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company perform this chilly afternoon.

"They're world-known," Acosta said. "They've traveled internationally. When you talk about them, people are so excited about them. It's going to be a wonderful production. Flamenco dancing, Spanish singing, of course that's part of St. Augustine's heritage so it just fits right in here in the community."

It's all made possible thanks to donations and sponsors.

"Everything we do to raise money goes right back into the community," Acosta said. "And we just hope people come out to see it."

FOSAA hopes events like these will enrich the lives of the students in the arts. Rather than listening to the latest pop song, they're exposed to authentic, international flamenco musicians, singers and dancers.

Students from the school of the deaf and blind got a front row seat so they could feel the vibrations.

Middle and high school students get to enjoy the show tomorrow morning.

It's an effort teachers like St. Johns County teacher of the year - Jessica Geronimo - said is a great opportunity for the kids.

"Oh it's amazing to have these opportunities for free," Geronimo said. "We're a title one school so our students don't have the resources to be able to go out on fancy field trips and pay $10 so it's really nice that the amphitheater does this for us."

You can head tofosaa.org for more information on the performances open to the public Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m.

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