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Antonio Hidalgo (Associate Artistic Director of Tours, Choreographer & Dancer) began his studies in regional dance, Spanish classical and flamenco in his hometown Lucena, Cordoba. His professional career began in Festivales de Flamenco in Cordoba and he soon joined the company of Carmen Mota. He formed his own company in 1990 before moving to Madrid in 1992 to work with the companies of Jose Antonio, Paco Romero, Jose Greco and Antonio Gades. In 1996 he began collaborating with Maria Benitez, Masamy Okada and Yolanda Gonzalez. Since 1998 he has been choreographer and principal dancer with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana touring the U.S. and performing annually at the Joyce Theater. He has also worked with directors Miguel Naros, Salvador Tavara and Antonio Molero. With Inmaculada Ortega, he directs the company Aroma Flamenca and works with the Fundacion Antonio Gades as Assistant Director, soloist and choreography assistant.
Francisco J. Orozco "Yiyi" (Percussion, Singer) was born in Barcelona and was introduced to flamenco rhythms at an early age by his father, who was a flamenco singer. At twelve, he began performing professionally as a percussionist and by seventeen, he had become involved with singing, particularly for dance. He has toured extensively in Germany, including with the company Flamenco Rubio and has also toured with Compañia Flamenca Alhama throughout Europe and Japan. Yiyi has accompanied many dancers including Alejandro Granados, Domingo Ortega, Antonio Granjero, Jose Greco II.
Juanjo Garcia (Dancer) began his professional career in 1993 with the Company of Manuel Nuñez. He has performed with the Companies of Carmen Mota, Luisillo, Maria Rosa, Rafael de Cordoba, Jose Greco and Aroma Flamenco touring throughout Spain and Europe. Mr. Garcia studied Classical dance with Yanus Slovinsky, Classical Spanish Dance with Rosa Garcia, Enrique Burgos and Paco Romero and Flamenco with Antonio Canales, Eva La Yerbabuena, Belen Fernandez, Domingo Ortega and others. He has worked in tablaos in Madrid and Barcelona and has performed as a soloist in such works as Carmen, Amor Brujo, Los Tarantos and Pura Sangre.
"La Megue" Meagan Chandler (Singer), a native of Boulder, Colorado, is a vocalist, expressive arts educator and ethnic performance artist. She has studied extensively in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and has had twelve years of vocal and dance training in flamenco, various Middle Eastern and Balkan forms, jazz, and classical Western styles. Meagan works with Maria Benitez' second company, Estampa Española. She has recorded three albums, and teaches private voice and dance lessons.
Javier Navarro (Guitarist) began his study of guitar at age eleven with Merengue de Cordoba. From 1990 to 1995 he worked on different projects with Javier Latorre and Manuel Maya "Manolete" and Nuria Leiva in the school of Mayca Moyano. In 1999 he joined the Company of Antonio Marquez. He then traveled throughout Brazil with Adriane Galisteo. He has worked in El Arenal tablao in Seville, and won First Prize for accompaniment in 1999 in the Third Contest of Young Flamencos. He has traveled to Japan with Antonio Marquez and worked with Yoko Komatsubara. Most recently he has worked with the Cristina Heeren Foundation under a scholarship and as an Assistant Professor.
Jesus Muñoz (Dancer) is the rising star in American Flamenco. Muñoz has performed, produced and directed in USA, Canada & Spain- including the Palacio Andaluz, University of Sevilla and El Gran Teatro Falla in Cadiz. Muñoz served as choreographer in 2007 for Maria Benitez’s Teatro Flamenco and began his work with NYC Director Carlota Santana as an educator in her artist residency program “Project Ole.” Recently dubbed “El Poeta” del baile Flamenco for his deep understanding and improvisation in the art of Flamenco; Muñoz directs, dances and trains his own world-class Flamenco Company, Jesus Muñoz Flamenco. Jesus Muñoz is currently working on developing and composing original music and works for Jesus Muñoz Flamenco as well as fulfilling an offer to choreograph the first flamenco-themed play; debuting at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco-- the play is booked to tour 2013 across the USA and Europe with support from Cervantes Institute.
New York Ensemble
Maya de Silva (Dancer & Teaching Artist) Upon arrival in New York Maya began dancing flamenco with Danza Espana, Maria Benitez, Carlota Santana, and Flamenco Latino including at The Joyce, DTW, the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, Kaatsbaan, Santa Fe Stages and Boston Pops. She has recently produced her company “Flamenco Revolucion” in 2 seasons Off B’way, and at Jacobs Pillow, been featured in a national print ad for Verizon, performed in Nilo Cruz’ play “Lorca con un Vestido Verde” with Repertorio Espanol in NYC and Dallas, Tex, and in an Equity workshop of “Deep Song/Lorca”(dir. Lynne Taylor-Corbett). She studied on scholarship at the Heeren Foundation of Flamenco in Spain for 4 months in 2000. Maya teaches at Flamenco Vivo and Rod Rodgers Dance Studios, was on faculty at Rutger’s University 10 years, 2 years at Ballet Hispanico and has taught for Carlota Santana at innumerable NYC Schools. She is a Sponsored Artist of The Field and has received grants from LMCC and NYFA.
Leslie Roybal (Dancer & Teaching Artist), a native of New Mexico, began her career at age 5 performing with a Mexican folkloric dance company. After a brief hiatus from dance while earning a BFA in Theater from Stephens College, she continued her dance education at the University of New Mexico where she studied Contemporary Dance with Bill Evans and Mary Ann Santos Newhall and Flamenco with Eva Encinias-Sandoval, Joaquin Encinias and Omayra Amaya. Proficient in both the Contemporary dance and Flamenco idioms, Leslie has performed in New York and throughout the U.S. with companies such as Murray Spalding Mandalas, Fred Darsow Dance, Neville Dance Company, The Metropolitan Opera (in Carmen and La Traviata as well as on tour in Japan), Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and in the New York and New Jersey tablaos. Most recently, Leslie worked with renowned dancer/choreographer Rosario Toledo in Philadelphia's First Flamenco Festival and directed Flamenco Vivo's Annual Tour of the Boros featuring flamenco artist Angel Muñoz. She was also recently named Director of The Center for Flamenco Arts at Flamenco Vivo. As a teacher, Leslie leads lecture demonstrations, conducts workshops and Master Classes and gives lectures within the Contemporary Dance and Flamenco ideologies.
Rebeca Tomás (Dancer) Based in Manhattan, Rebeca has been deemed by the critics as “delightful” (New York Times),“masterful” (Eva YaaAsentawaa), and “a postcard image of the feminine Flamenco dancer”(Kansas City Metropolis). She has performed with such companies as Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, and Jorge Navarro’s Pasión Flamenca. Rebeca carried out her studies in Flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance for numerous years in Granada, Sevilla, and in Madrid, at the internationally renowned Flamenco Academy Amor de Dios. She is a two-time recipient of the Jerome Foundation’s Travel and Study Grant, a scholarship recipient of the school at Jacob’s Pillow, and the first-place winner of the VIII Concurso Nacional de Flamenco, part of Albuquerque's annual Festival Flamenco. Recently, Rebeca choreographed and directed A Palo Seco, an original work that was hailed as “a feast for the eyes and the ears” by Lindsay Miller (Theater On-Line). She is presently working as an assistant choreographer for the Lincoln Center production of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."
Monica Herrera (Dancer & Teaching Artist)
Juana Cala (Dancer & Teaching Artist) has been performing and teaching Flamenco in the United States and Europe for more than 20 years. She performed as a soloist in the Maria Benitez Dance Company under the direction of Mario Maya, and then went on to form her own company touring Europe for 16 years. Juana has had the opportunity to work closely with acclaimed Flamenco artists such as; Antonio Canales, Javier Baron, El Junco, Alfredo Lagos, to name a few. She sat on the panel of judges, 3 years in a row ,for annual Flamenco Dance competitions organized by “La Pena Flamenca” de Milan. In 1999 Juana was professor of Flamenco in a Professional Arts Program for the European Community (a European equivalent to “The High School of Performing Arts”. Juana enjoys sharing her experience by teaching Flamenco, from introductory courses to Master workshops for professionals.
Julia Chacón (Dancer & Teaching Artist) has performed in Spain, Mexico, and throughout the United States. An accomplished choreographer and director, her choreography has been featured in Savor y Ritmo in Los Angeles, and in Yaelisa's Emerging Choreographers Showcase in San Francisco. She created three pieces for award winning, Moving Company out of Scottsdale, and her self-produced concerts in New Mexico and Arizona. Ms. Chacon has performed with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana's Federico, as well as Festival Flamenco's Fiesta Flamenca, María Benítez Teatro Flamenco, Amaya Flamenco Sín Límites, Arizona Opera, Artes Bellas, and Mosaico Flamenco.
Gisele Revollar (Dancer, Singer, Teaching Artist) was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ms. Revollar studied modern dance and ballet studies before discovering flamenco. She has studied in Madrid, Amor De Dios with Maria Magdalena, Tomas De Madrid, Ciro, Carmela Greco, Paco Romero, Christian Galia, Maruja Palacios. Ms. Revollar was a featured flamenco dancer in the companies of Angela Mari Menta, De Arte y Baile Flamenco, and Laurita De Castro in Brazil. She has been performing in New York since 1999, with notable roles in Two River Theatre Company's production of Lorca's Blood Wedding, and the Theatre East show Flamenco Extravaganza. She has also performed with Eva Lucena's Alborada Spanish Dance Company and Fiesta Flamenca, Danzas Espanolas. She currently performs in tablaos throughout New York and New Jersey.
Sol Koeraus (Dancer & Teaching Artist) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sol has studied dance, holistic healing and languages. She is a certified yoga instructor and Reiki Master. She has danced flamenco since the age of 15, her grandmother being an strong influence. She is a member of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana as well as Pasion y Arte, and the company of Omayra Amaya. Sol has led lecture demonstrations in schools, libraries and community center with Barbara Martinez. She recently toured Mexico with premier guitarist Hernan Romero. She currently teaches at the Eastern Athletic. Through her classes she hopes to assist others in discovering their own love for Flamenco, mastery of the fascinating rhythms and the pure joy of dancing. Sol dances in many of the tablaos in New York on a regular basis.
Tara Muthuan (Dancer & Teaching Artist) has been a Teaching Artist with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana since 2006. Originally from Boulder, Colorado; she graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts and attended SUNY Purchase before moving to New York City. She has studied in Spain and in the US with Omayra Amaya, Farruca, La Meira, and Antonio de los Reyes among others. Tara has performed with various flamenco artists and in varying venues throughout NYC and New Mexico.
Tiana Hernandez-Alvarez (Dancer & Teaching Artist) is a multifaceted dancer and choreographer in Flamenco and Modern who has experience in the professional and educational realm of dance. At the age of four Tiana began her dance studies in Los Angeles where she had early training in ballet and jazz. Tiana attended UCLA from 1993 - 1999 to pursue her bachelor degree in Dance choreography/performance and Chicano Studies. She worked with Peter Sellars and Donald Byrd on The Story of A Soldier in 1999 and 2000 that toured throughout Europe. She re entered the dance world in 2003 after giving birth to her daughter in 2002. Tiana continues her studies in New York City and Spain. She performs in local tablaos in and around the New York City area and is currently a teaching artist for Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. In the summer of 2008 she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Cultural Traditions program in Flamenco at Jacob's Pillow with Noche Flamenca.
Olyda Espinal (La Olyda) (Dancer, Singer, Teaching Artist). Ms. Espinal is of Cuban descent and got her start in dance through C.A.S.W. Children’s Arts and Science workshops in Washington Heights, NY, a program that offers opportunities for children from low income families to take art classes. She then went on to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. Ms. Espinal has studied flamenco with Maya de Silva, Soledad Barrios, Nelida Tirado, Raul Ortega, and Omayra Amaya among others. She performs at various venues throughout NYC including symphony space and Xicala and recently performed at Jacobs Pillow with Flamenco Revolution. Ms. Espinal sings with Los Hermanos Cintrons and is currently working on an album, “Dientes de Caramelo” with Alfonso Cid and Jed Miley. She has been teaching and performing with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana for three years in addition to teaching at the Bronx House of Performing Arts and The Bronx Dance Theatre.
Arielle Rosales (Dancer), born in New York City, began her Flamenco studies at the age of five with Maya de Silva and Andrea del Conte. In 2002, with a scholarship, she attended the Flamenco Institute of Maria Benitez in Santa Fe. In Madrid, Spain she studied at Amor de Dios with Inmaculada Ortega, Antonio Reyes, and La China. In 2007, Arielle showcased her choreography at “RHYTHMS,” and eyeBLINK Entertainment Production. Arielle performs with various Flamenco companies in both New York and Chicago. She has had the opportunity to perform throughout the U.S. and U.K., including venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Joyce, The New Victory Theatre, NPR, and The Today Show, and has been featured in commercials for Nokia, Target, Verizon, and MTV.
Alicia Blumenfeld (Dancer) began her dance studies in her
hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, at Alwin’s School of the Dance and later on at the National Conservatory of Flamenco Arts. In 2008, she was named a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and won a Silver Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ YoungArts program. She has performed at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Baryshnikov Performing Arts Center, and in Nelida Tirado’s Tomaaa! and with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. She regularly appears at various venues in NYC. Alicia is pursuing her B.A. at NYU, where she has received numerous grants to research flamenco.
Isabel del Dia (Dancer) born and raised in New York City, Isabel began her dance studies at age 5 at The Joffrey Ballet School and continued at Peridance, under the tutelage of Ilana Suprun and Igal Perry. Isabel was the youngest company member of the Perichild Ensemble. In 1999, she was awarded a Hearse Scholarship and the prestigious Comite Noviembre Scholarship to attend Bard College where she was first introduced to Flamenco by Judson Dance pioneer Professor Aileen Passloff. In 2004, Isabel was awarded the Bard Dance and Theater Award for outstanding performance. She has studied with Pastora Galvan, Aracelis de Alcala and Manuela Rios in Seville and Omayra Amaya, La Meira and Jose Moreno in New York.
Aurora Reyes (Dancer & Singer) has toured with companies such as Jose Molina Bailes Españoles, worked at La Corral de la Pacheca tablao in Madrid and was mentored by La Tati. She has choreographed for Andrea Del Conte Danza España and performed at Dance Theater Workshop and Thalia Theater in New York. Her most recent piece Dedicacion a las Americas involved fusion of flamenco styles with the Argentine milongo, the Cuban guajiras and South American colombianas. Ms. Reyes is Director of her own company Flamenco Latino that she co-founded with Basilio Georges.
Ricky Santiago (Dancer) began his dance training at Ballet Hispanico of New York, and continued at SUNY Purchase, The Alvin Ailey School and Dance Theater Of Harlem. He has studied flamenco with Liliana Morales, Manolo Rivera, Luis Montero, La Tati, La China, El Toleo, Omayra Amaya and others. Mr. Santiago has toured throughout the U.S. and internationally. He appeared in Franco Zeffirelli's Carmen and La Traviata at The Metropolitan Opera, Don Giovanni at Washington Opera. He has appeared in films and music videos including Alanis Morissette's "Hand In My Pocket". He has performed with Ballet Hispanico, Bailes Ferrer, Carmen Rubio, Sol y Sombra, Flamenco Latino, Alborada Spanish Dance, M'oro Flamenco, Flamenco Ole, Danzas Españolas, Flamenco Sepharad and Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY where he also served as Choreographer for their Production of Carmen.
Yloy Ybarra (Dancer & Teaching Artist) has trained extensively in various dance forms (Flamenco, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Mexican Floklorico and Tap). He has toured nationally with JAZZDANCE by Buraczeski, and has danced at The American, Spoleto and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festivals, Joyce Theatre and Lincoln Center. He has performed with the Metropolitan and Dallas Operas, entertainer CHARO, and several NYC based modern dance groups. He has danced with Maria Benitez-Estampa Flamenca, Jose Greco, Andrea Del Conte-Danza Espana, Carlota Santana-Flamenco Vivo, Maria Loretta-Sol y Sombra, and Flamenco Latino, Ramón de los Reyes, La Repompa de Malaga and Omayra Amaya. In Spain, he has appeared on TeleMadrid and Canal Sur, and has produced several “Encuentro Flamenco en la Rabita Baja” in Ronda. He is Artistic Director of “Ballet Fiesta Mexicana de Yloy Ybarra” which will celebrate its 10 anniversary season at the Thalia Spanish Theatre May 2010. For the Thalia has created the role of “Picasso” in Picasso’s The 4 Little Girls” 2003, and again in “PICASSO FLAMENCOunt of Orgaz” 2008. In 2009 he created the role of “Padre Tomas” in “Amor Latino”, winner of 2009 HOLA Award for Best Musical Production. As an educator, Yloy works in the NYC public schools bringing dance to thousands of children, with a focus on children with special needs.
David Castellano (Singer). In his teen years, Mr. Castellano dug deep into his Andalusian roots and discovered the world of flamenco. His interest inflated and burst into a realm of talent that he never thought he possessed—a flamenco voice. Mr. Castellano has established himself in the Tri-State area and is much sought after by dance companies in the area. He has also performed with Alborada Spanish Dance Theater, Andrea del Conte Danza España, and Pilar Rioja at Repertorio Español in New York. Mr. Castellano has toured in Russia with the European Pop star Ala Bina. In addition to his work with dance companies, Mr. Castellano's whirlpool of musical interests has led him to fuse a large number of musical styles such as funk, Brazilian, flamenco, rock and baroque. He is a founding member of Manué, a Flamenco fusion group which won the Univision contest for best new group in 2005, and has recorded two albums.
Joaquin Gallegos (Guitarist) has studied guitar with Pedro Cuadra, and "Chuscales," in United States and with Manolo Sanlucar in Cordoba and Emilio Maya in Granada. He has a BA from the University of New Mexico and studied at the University of Granada from 1998 until 2001. He speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese, teaches flamenco guitar and has also worked as a translator. He performs with the Institute of Spanish Arts under the direction of Maria Benitez.
Basilio Georges (Guitarist) has studied guitar in Madrid, Seville and New York and has accompanied such artists as Rafael Fajardo and Concha Vargas in the U.S., La Tati, Faico, Circo and Manolete in dance studios, and many canta'ores such as Juanele de Jerez, Marcelino Sanchez, and Antonio Benamargo in various Flamenco peñas in Madrid. As a composer, Mr. Georges has composed and arranged 30 pieces for Flamenco Latino, the company he created with singer/dancer Aurora Reyes. He has written several pieces for Andrea Del Conte Danza España and for Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, including two pieces for their 1992 Joyce Theater Season. Mr. Georges's guitar work was featured in the soundtrack of Almodovar's "High Heels" and he has a number of recordings. He is on the staff at the American Institute of the Guitar and he teaches privately.
Cristian Puig (Guitarist) was born and raised in Argentina. Immersed in a rich musical culture, Puig began playing the guitar at an early age. A master of flamenco and Spanish guitar, Puig has impressed audiences with his innate talent. He has performed in numerous flamenco festivals around the country including the Breaking Lines Dance Festival, and Dance Boom! In addition to his work with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, he is also the musical director and guitarist of acclaimed female flamenco group, Pasion y Arte.
Carlos Revollar (Guitarist) studied classical and flamenco guitar with Dennis Koster, Antonio "Canito" Suarez, El Entri, Jesus Torres and Luis Heredia, and performs regularly with some of flamenco's top dancers and singers at such venues as the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center Summer Stage, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Mr. Revollar is active in Arts Education, bringing flamenco to New York City schools, with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, as well as the Midori Foundation and Lincoln Center's educational programs. Mr. Revollar has appeared in many theatrical productions including Two River Theater Company's production of Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, with Noche Flamenca's Martin Santangelo.
Raphael Brunn (Guitarist), Flamenco guitarist and composer was born to a well-known family of jugglers, dancers and trapeze artists. Raphael started playing bass guitar at the age of ten and at fourteen, moved to Europe to join his father, a world renowned juggler and acrobat using live Flamenco music in his performances From a young age, Raphael was exposed to some of Spain’s finest Flamenco artists including El Manzanita, El Recortao, Pepe Marquez, El Carrete and many more. His public debut playing Flamenco guitar was in the opening festivities of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. In 2001 and 2003 he worked with El Farruquito and El Torombo in Frankfurt, Germany. Now in NYC Raphael performs with his own Flamenco Quintet including Oscar Vallero Sean Kupisz; Duane Eubanks; Karel Ruzika and various singers. He has recently released his debut album, “Puertas Abiertas”
Jed Miley (Guitarist) is a Flamenco guitarist, composer, producer and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in 1977, Jed showed a strong interest in music from a young age studying piano, drums, bass and trombone in addition to guitar. He began playing Flamenco guitar in 1996 after hearing a recording of Sabicas. In 2000 he became musical director and composer of La Pena Flamenca de Seattle and recorded his first album, Amanecer. In 2003 he moved to New York where he has been working professionally ever since, playing at prestigious venues including the Joe’s Pub, Webster Hall, the Caramoor Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, and the Zinc Bar. In 2009, Jed joined Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and has performed, toured and acted as a teaching artist with the company for the past year. He is also a guitarist and composer for Maya de Silva’s company, “Flamenco Revolucion.”, Dia Flamenco, and Caramelo. He has studied extensively in Spain at La Fundacion Cristina Heeren in Seville with various notable maestros.
Arturo Martinez (Guitarist)
Jose Moreno (Guitarist)
Alfonso (Mogaburo) Cid (Singer) was born and raised in Seville, the heartland of Flamenco music. Alfonso enrolled at the Seville Conservatory in 1990 to study flute and music theory. In 1997 Alfonso moved to the United States, since then he is based in New York City. He has made many guest appearances at important venues including Madison Square Garden, American Airlines Arena (Miami), Amway Center (Orlando) and Staples Center (Los Angeles) with the popular Latin artist Romeo Santos. He also performed at the 92 Y with singer songwriter and peace activist David Broza; Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Town Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Sala Covarrubias in Mexico City to name a few. Since February of 2008 he has been teaching flamenco “cante” (flamenco song) at Flamenco Latino Studios and has given several flamenco “cante” for dance workshops at Lotus Music and Dance Studios. In partnership with Carlota Santa’s Flamenco Vivo in 2010, Alfonso co-produced “La Música Flamenca” (The Flamenco Music) for the Lincoln Center Institute. This is a show in which different aspects of flamenco song are introduced to audiences such as school teachers in professional development programs as well as kids in school performances.
Barbara Martinez (Singer) was born in Venezuela to a family of artists and grew up in New York City where she began performing in opera, off-Broadway and film at the age of 10. An equally proficient dancer, Barbara currently works with Flamenco Vivo, Pasion y Arte, Spirit of Sepharad, as well as other world music groups, including her own flamenco jazz group, which appeared at Carnegie Hall in 2010. She has performed in jazz, world music and flamenco festivals in the U.S. and Canada, as well as The Metropolitan Opera. Barbara is an honors graduate of Brown University and studied at the famed Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville on scholarship. She currently teaches music at Bank Street School and Ethical Culture School, and teaches flamenco dance at Manhattanville College. Barbara can be seen performing regularly in New York City venues.
Conja Abdesalam (Singer) La Conja, is one of the Flamenco World’s most versatile artists. She has developed a substantial international reputation as a dancer, singer, and choreographer. Her masterful syntheses of modern Flamenco, Arab and Indian influences, illustrates the progressive direction of her art form; and creates a unique visual experience for her audience. She has performed at many prestigious venues such as: Guggenheim Work and Process Series, The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and the Lincoln Center, The Teatro Albeniz in Madrid, Spain, Dancing into the 21 Century for Global India a Kathak & Flamenco Fusion at American Museum of Natural History; And a collaboration piece Solo In Time at The Joyce Theater with Savion Glover. Charles Jurrist of the New York Daily News described her as a mesmerizing singer and demon dancer, and indeed, her dancing illustrates a show of force which is Flamenco’s essence.
Peter Basil (Cajon Player) Peter Basil is multi-faceted percussionist/drummer who has worked with major figures in flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, salsa, rock acts and everything in between. In the past twenty years, he has toured the United States, Japan and Europe with Grammy winning hip-hop group the Digable Planets, Motown artists Zhane, jazz great Bobby Previte’s Bitches Brew project, salsa legend Orlando Marin, groundbreaking Greek worldbeat act Annabouboula, as well as a stint with rock diva Ronnie Spector, just to name a few. Peter has performed with all of New York City’s major flamenco figures and companies as well as with visiting artists from Spain. Recent performance highlights have been performances with French tap artist Roxanne Butterfly’s World Beats at Joe’s Pub and a summer long residency in 2011 at the New York Botanical Garden with his group Flamenco:inside/out.
Nacho Arimany (Cajon Player)
Sean Kupisz (Cajon Player)
Carmen Estevez (Cajon Player)
Manuel Duque is Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts at the Pennsylvania State University, and a cross-cultural theatre specialist. Mr. Duque provided the framework and direction for Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana's productions of Federico, and Burlador. Other directing credits include the English language premieres of plays by José Martín Recuerda of Spain and Alfredo Dias Gomes of Brazil. Mr. Duque was also Master Teacher of Acting in the M.F.A. training programs at Penn State and the Florida State/Asolo Theatre Conservatory.
Samuel Hazo is the author of novels, essays, plays and poetry, the most recent book of poetry being As They Sail. He collaborated with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana on the dramatic flamenco ballet Mano a Mano. Mr. Hazo is the Director and Founder of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh and was named McAnulty Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Duquesne University. He has been a National Book Award finalist and was chosen the first State Poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor Robert Casey in 1993, a position he still holds.
Rafel Lopez-Barrantes is the founder of the Archipelago Theatre Company of France and co-artistic director of Archipelago USA, whose works have been frequently staged to critical acclaim. After ten years as faculty member of the Theater Studies Department at Duke University, he is now professor of Theatre at California Institute of the Arts He has worked for many seasons with the American Dance Festival and is Chairman of the Voice Department at the National School of Puppeteers, France. He is the Dramatic Director of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana's 25th Anniversary production of Carmen: El Baile.
Artists we've worked with:
Defne Enc (Dancer) (Dancer/Teaching Artist)
Calvin Hazen Rafael Peral (Dancer)
Pedro Sanz (Singer) Roberto Castellón (Guitarist)
Zenon Ramos (Dancer)
Laura Montes (Dancer)
Oscar Valero (Dancer)
Dominico Caro (Singer)
Terence Butler (Flutist)
Jose Salinas (Singer)
La Meira (Dancer & Teaching Artist)