At age 5 Belén danced at the inauguration of the Barcelona street dedicated to Carmen Amaya in the presence of the renowned artists Pilar López and Antonio
Ruiz ‘El Bailarín’. At seven she won the television competition‘Bravo Bravísimo’ and performed with Ángel Corella at the Teatro de Madrid, and shortly after was invited to dance with him in the UNICEF fundraising performance in Madrid. At the ages of nine and eleven she represented Spain in the International Tourism Fair Interfest in St Petersburg, as well as giving recitals in various embassies and palaces of the city.
In 1999 she moved to Madrid and began performing in the best flamenco tablaos.She received her diploma in Spanish Dance from theSuperior Conservatory of Dance in Madrid in 2001 and since then, during four seasons, she has been the principle female
dancer in the Arena di Verona, with the operas Carmen and Il Trovatore, directed by Franco Zefirelli and she was also principle dancer for the La Corrala de la Dance company directed by El Camborio, touring all of Italy. In 2005 she debuted with her first show Atrapados Por El Arte in the Teatro Metropol of Tarragona and later the same
year in Madrid. In 2006 she danced in the Festival of Jerez in the cycle ‘Los Novísimos’ and participated in the Biennale Danza e Italia of Pessaro. In 2008 she premiered Cuando
Amanece in the Teatro Nuevo Apolo, Madrid, and in 2009 A mi manera in the Teatro La Latina, Madrid, both receiving rave reviews.
In 2013 she performed alongside Antonio Canales, Jesús Carmona, Sol Picó and Carlos Rodríguez in Sadler’s Wells in London. The same year she was the guest artist in Joaquín Cortés’ Dicen De Mi in the Teatro Calderon, Madrid. Throughout her career she has performed in theatres and festivals such as Teatro Español de Madrid, Teatro Albéniz,
Circulo de Bellas Artes, the Gran Teatro of Cordoba, Festival Suma Flamenca, the Gasteig Theatre in Munich, Festival Caja Madrid, Festival Flamenco Pa Tós, Festival of Nîmes, Festival Mont de Marsan, Salle Gaveau, the Biennale of Malaga, Zarzuela Theatre of Madrid, the Opera House of Boston, GW’s Lisner Auditorium in Washington, New York City Center, the Arsh Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, among many others. For her shows and collaborations she always surrounds herself with the best musicians and flamenco dancers suchas Farru, Ramón El Portugués, Juan Ramírez, Paquete, Alain Pérez, Jorge Pardo, Jerónimo Maya, Camarón de Pitita, Jerry González, Piraña, Juañares, Antonio Rey, Pitingo, Carmen Liñares and many more.
She regularly gives classes in the prestigious academy of flamenco Amor de Dios as well as internationally at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Currently she is the leading dancer in the best Flamenco tablaos of Spain as well as tours worldwide with her company. In 2018 she presented her show FLAMENCA in the Festival of Jerez and the Madrid Festival.
Lucía La Piñona
LUCÍA ÁLVAREZ "LA PIÑONA"
Lucía began dancing at age 10 in several dance academies in El Campo de Gibraltar until she was 17 years old. She then moved to Granada where she continued her training with Luis de Luis and Estela Arauzo.
One year later she decided to settle in Seville to study at the Cristina Heeren flamenco school with masters such as Milagros Mengíbar, Rafael Campallo, and Carmen Ledesma, among others. Lucía simultaneously studied with other masters such as Andrés Peña, Eva Yerbabuena, Rubén Elm, and Andrés Marín.
Lucía has performed in many prestigious flamenco tablaos including El Arenal, Los Gallos (Seville), El Cordobés, El Carmen (Barcelona), Casa Patas, Corral de la Morería, Las Carboneras, and La Villarosa in Madrid. She has won the first Prize Trofeo Desplante in the 51st flamenco dance contest of the Union, Cante de las Minas 2011.
She then presented her first solo show "Un Granito de Arena" at the Festival Flamenco de Jerez in February 2012.
In March 2014 Lucía premiered her second show "La Vida, La Carne y La Tierra" at the Cánovas theatre in Málaga, within the Flamenco Viene del Sur cycle. That same year she performed at the Flamenco Biennial of Seville as a soloist in the show "Son de Peñas", and in the show "Una Noche en el Arenal". In April 2015 she premiered the show "6 Zapatos" with Soraya Clavijo and Mercedes de Córdoba in the cycle "Jueves Flamencos de Cajasol" in Seville. In December of the same year she performed with dancer José Manuel Álvarez at the SAT theatre in Barcelona.
Lucía then performed in the "Tierra-Lorca" of the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía as the first dancer in the Generalife season of Granada 2016, followed by participating in the show "Tablao", by cantaor Arcángel at the Festival of Music and Dance of Granada. Lucía also collaborated with Esperanza Fernández in her show "De lo Jondo y Verdadero" at Castillo de Gibralfaro in Málaga and Malmö (Sweden) 2016.
She is currently a guest artist in the show "Reversible" by Manuel Liñan, which premiered at the Teatro Villamarta in the Flamenco Festival of Jerez de la Frontera. Lucía has also participated in flamenco festivals such as "Jueves Flamencos de Cádiz" 2012, sharing a poster with El Pele, Festival "Viernes Flamencos de Jerez" 2012 with Remedios Amaya, "Corral del Carbón" (Granada), Flamenco Festival of Tokyo with Olga Pericet and Farruquito, the Mont de Marsan Flamenco Festival, the Dusseldorf Festival, and Saint Tropez Festival.
Lucía has toured in places like Ecuador, St. Petersburg, Lebanon, London, Holland, Belgium, and Kenya.
This highly qualified dancer graduated in Spanish Dance and Flamenco performance from the Conservatory of Córdoba; today Olga Pericet is one of the most avant-garde artists in flamenco.
Important names such as Matilde Coral, Manolo Marín, Maica Moyano and José Granero among others, appear in her academic formation.
She has been a guest artist in great dance companies such as: Rafaela Carrasco, Nuevo Ballet Español, Arrieritos, Miguel Ángel Berna, Teresa Nieto, Belén Maya and Ballet Nacional de España. She has shared the stage with great dance figures such as Ana Laguna, Lola Greco, Nacho Duato, Enrique Morente, Isabel Bayon, Joaquín Grilo, Merche Esmeralda, Carmen Cortes and virtuoso violinist Ara Malikian.
In 2004 she puts her choreographic signature and performs in the shows“Bolero, carta de amor y desamor”, and one year later she creates along withManuel Liñán, the show “Cámara negra”, that same year she forms an ensemble with Marco Flores and Daniel DoñaChanta la Mui, creating a show by the same name. Other works as a choreographer include: “Complot”, as part of Chanta la Mui, premiered in the dance festival La Otra Mirada del Flamenco; “En sus 13”performed at XV Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, “De cabeza” (2009) as part of Teresa Nieto ´s company, “Recital” (2010) wasChanta la mui ´s third creation, “Bailes alegres para personas tristes”, created along with Belén Maya and premiered in Festival de Jerez (2010), ofor which she received the Artista Revelación award. “Rosa Metal Ceniza” (2011) was her first solo creation for which she received a nomination for best female dance performer MAX award of the Performing Arts. “De una pieza” (2012) was premiered for the opening of the 4th flamenco festival Biennale Holandaand at the Düsseldorf Festival, Germany. In 2014 Pericet premiered “PISADAS, a woman´s end and beginning” in Festival de Jerez and in 2015“FLAMENCO (Untitled)” at Repertorio Español in New York.
She has performed in different festivals, galas and important venues all over the world: Flamenco Festival Washington GW ‘s Lisner Auditorium, Boston Emerson Majestic Theater, New York City Center, Miami Arsht Center, Londres Sadler´s Wells, Australia Opera House, Maison de la Dance, Flamenco Bienal Challiot de Paris, Días de Flamenco en Tel Aviv, Flamenco viene del Sur, Festival Danssa Valencia, Festival de Jerez, Bienal de Sevilla, Festival del Mercats de la Flors, Festival de Madrid en Danza, Bienal de Holanda, Festival de Nimes, Festival Música y Danza de Granada, Gala del 20 Aniversario de la Unión de actores, Gala de la Danza Expo de Zaragoza 2008, Gala Flamenco Festival (2007) (2012).
AWARDS THAT THE CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCER HAS WON ARE:
– Special award ACE 2016 New York, among others. – “MAX award” for the best female dancer for Pisadas (2015) – “Ojo Crítico de Danza Award” – Award “Flamenco Hoy” given by critics to the best dancer (2012). – “Artista Revelación” award in Festival de Jerez (2010) – Awards such as Pilar López National Flamenco award (2007) – Best Choreography and Music at “Certamen de Danza Española y Flamenco de Madrid” (2004)
Manuel Liñan was born in Granada and studied with the legendary Manolete and Mario Maya. After working the Tablao circuit in Granada and throughout Andalucía he moved to Madrid at 17 to further his studies and widen his experience, joining the companies of Carmen Cortés and Adrián Galia. Soon considered to be a much sought after lead dancer, he collaborated in the shows of major names including Merche Esmeralda, Manolete, Rafaela Carrasco & Belén Maya.
In 2005 he began to explore his own creativity by working on projects of his own including Cámara Negra alongside Olga Pericet and Dos en Compañia with Marco Flores - both of which attained national and international prestige. He went on from there to direct, choreograph and star in his own one-man shows, the first of which, Tauro won Premio Revelación at the XVI Festival de Jerez (2012). Apart from his own shows he is also renowned as a choreographer and has worked with the Spanish National Ballet, Rafaela Carrasco, Merche Esmeralda, Rocio Molina and many more. It was perhaps his work on the show Mujeres and his choreographies for renowned female dancers that led him to express his more feminine side - he was the first man to dance on stage wearing a Bata de Cola. Surprised by the controversy it caused at the time as he sees it as simply another way to express himself as a dancer, it may well do for male Flamenco dance what Carmen Amaya did for the female style - in opening up the possibilities and breaking down gender roles Flamenco can evolve to new heights.
A Madrileña with a diploma in Spanish Dance, Concha Jareño is a world-renowned Spanish dancer who has participated in many performances and festivals both nationally and internationally.
Beginning her dancing career in 1998 at the Rafael de Córdoba dance company, Jareño took part in the project ‘Mujeres al borde de una bata de cola’ headed by Yolanda Heredia. Shortly after, Jareño went on to work with pieces by Rafaela Carrasco such as ‘La música del cuerpo’ and ‘Otra Mirada del Flamenco’, which took her to many important festivals around the world.
Amongst her many awards Jareño has received the Best Solo Dancer award by the Flamenco and Spanish Dancing Choreography contest based in Madrid as well as a second prize for her superior dancing in the Concurso de Cante Flamenco de las Minas.
Concha Jareño has been a teacher at the legendary flamenco school Amor de Díos since 2004, where she combines performance with teaching, a talent for which she is internationally acclaimed.
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Born in Madrid, Mónica Iglesias studied at the Royal Mariemma Professional Dance Conservatory and studied under great masters such as Manuela Carrasco, Rubén Olmo, Andrés Marín and Eva Yerbabuena. Her extensive professional career includes contemporary dance, Spanish dance and traditional flamenco.
Mónica Iglesias has been part of the most outstanding companies in Spain such as the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, the Compañía de Antonio Gades, Rafael Estévez and Nani Paños, and Aida Gómez. She joined the National Ballet of Spain under the direction of Antonio Najarro, where she was the first dancer in flamenco works such as "Zaguán".
Mónica has shared the stage with master artists such as Antonio Canales, Rocío Molina, Rubén Olmo, and Patricia Guerrero, and has been touring the most prestigious theaters and festivals in the world for years. Her personality, versatility and extensive record in dance have attracted the attention of artists such as David Peña Dorantes who invited her to collaborate on numerous occasions.
Mónica currently dances in the main tablaos of Spain such as the Corral de la Morería, Tablao Cordobés, and Los Gallos, and combines her artistic work with teaching courses all over the world.
First Prize and Desplante Trophy 2018, International Festival of Cante de Las Minas.
2015 Soloist Choreography Prize, Spanish Dance and Flamenco Competition of Madrid.