Eduardo Martinez

Principal Dancer, Ballet Nacional de España Eduardo Martinez was born in Madrid in 1983. He began dancing at four years old with Andrés Montemar before commencing his formal studies at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Madrid, where he studied classical Spanish dance, contemporary and ballet. He Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education and a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Mr. Martinez has studied with Antonio Najarro, Aída Gómez, Adrián Galia, Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Carmen Cantero, Maribel Gallardo, Rafael Campallo and Emilio Rivas, among others. He participated in the taller coreográfico at…

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Mar Lopez

Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya – CEC dancers had the opportunity to spend a day in the life of a young dancer in Spain. CEA dancers followed the daily schedule of classes of dancers their age currently studying at the professional conservatory level. They were also invited to watch their Spring Gala Performance.  Mar Lopez graduated with a professional degree in Spanish dance with honors from the Conservatorio Superior de Música and Escuela de Arte Dramático y Danza in Murcia at age 14. At 18, she graduated from the Real Escuela de Arte Dramático y Danza in Madrid with…

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Milagros Mengibar

Milagros Mengíbar (Sevilla, 1952). Discípula de Matilde Coral y primer premio en el Concurso Nacional de Córdoba (1974), Milagros es una de las bailaoras más prestigiosas del país, como lo corrobora el Premio de la Crítica (1995) y el ‘Compás del Cante’ de la Fundación Cruzcampo (2005). Ha actuado en los principales festivales flamencos de España y en distintos escenarios de tres continentes. Durante un año fue profesora de baile flamenco en Japón y muchas de sus discípulas han triunfado en el Concurso Nacional de Córdoba, Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla o el Concurso de La Unión. Es la…

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Luisa Palicio

Luisa Palicio (Estepona, 1984). Licenciada en Coreografía e Interpretación de Danza Flamenca por el Conservatorio Superior de Danza Ángel Pericet de Málaga. Discípula de Milagros Mengíbar desde los 13 años de edad. En 2002 recibió una beca de la Fundación Cristina Heeren, donde ha estudiado bajo la dirección de Milagros Mengíbar, Carmen Ledesma, Úrsula López, Rafael Campallo, José Galván y Ángeles Gabaldón, entre otros maestros. Fue Artista Revelación de la XIV Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla (2006) y su baile se caracteriza por su fidelidad a la Escuela Sevillana y a la bata de cola. Entre sus espectáculos propios…

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María Torres

María Torres (Madrid, 1967) began her study of classical dance under Karen Taff. She then furthered her studies at Victoria Eugenia Classical Spanish Dance school, also known at Betty, Carmen Cubillos, with whom she studied folklore and castanets, and Pedro Azorín. She studied flamenco in Amor de Dios under María Magdalena, La Tati, Ciro, and Mariano Torres.  At the age of 16, she launched her profesional career alonside her father, Mariano Torres, in Toronto, Canada. Upon her return to Spain, Ms. Torres is hired by Luisilla to dance in the famous tablaos, Los Cabales, Los Canasteros, and Venta del Gato. At the age of 18, Ms. Torres launched a…

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Paloma Gomez

Ms. Gomez graduated from the Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance “Mariemma” in Madrid, with specialties in Classical Spanish Dance, Escuela Bolera and Flamenco. She studied with master teachers Lola de Avila (Classical Ballet), José Antonio (with whom she later shared the stage as lead dancer) Azary Plisetsky (Classical Ballet), Jorge Esquivel (Classical Ballet), Victoria Eugenia “Beti” (Classical Spanish Dance), Paco Romero (Classical Spanish Dance), Goyo Montero (Jazz), Carl París (Modern and Contemporary) and Pedro Azorín (Spanish Folklore). At the age of 17 she became a member of Ballet Nacional de España, where she remained for four and a half…

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Beatriz Uria

August 29 – September 2, 2016 – Beatriz Uria spent a week at CEC teaching master classes in classical Spanish dance. Beatriz Uría graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1993 with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. In 1998 she completed the C.A.P., or pedagogy aptitude course. In 2000 she graduated from the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Madrid, with a degree in Spanish Dance. In 2006 she finished her degree in Dance Pedagogy, specializing in choreography and interpretation technique. Other educational courses include an interpretation course in the Instituto de Cine in Madrid (2001-2002)…

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Farruquito

Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya, or ‘Farruquito’, is a veverated figure in the world of Flamenco. He is the son of Flamenco singer Juan Fernández Flores, ‘El Moreno’, the dancer Rosario Montoya Manzano ‘La Farruca’, and is the chief proponent of unique dancing style founded by his grandfather, ‘Farruco’. Throughout his life he has been immersed in the most pure form of Flamenco, making his début on this international scene on Broadway at the age of five. Since then he has devoted his entirety to the preservation and innovation of his beloved art form. At the age of eight he presented…

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