Spanish Dance Department Head
Marisol Moreno is a native of Madrid. She was artistically guided by Pacita Tomas, Joaquin Villa, and Juan Sierra and began her career touring Europe with the Juan Sierra Ballet Company. Marisol continued her studies in Amor de Dios under the guidance of María Magdalena, “Ciro”, Cristóbal Reyes, Paco Romero, “El Güito”, “Manolete”, Merche Esmeralda, “La Tati”, Pedro Azorín, and Julio Príncipe, among others. She formed part of Cristóbal Reyes’ flamenco company, with whom she inaugurated the tablao “Zambra”, where she danced alongside figures such as Adrián Galia, Antonio Canales and Joaquín Cortés.
Marisol traveled to Mexico City for the first time in 1989 to dance for the tablao, “El Duende” and returned in 1992 as part of the cast of “El Mesón de Triana”, where she met her partner and husband Raúl Salcedo. In 1993 they moved to Cancun to form their own Spanish dance and flamenco company, “Esencia Flamenca”. Each year they produce a student festival, “Solera Flamenca” and have presented numerous large-scale theater shows in Mexico and abroad.
Throughout the years, Marisol has formed part of many national and international dance companies including American Bolero Dance Company in New York, NY; Homenaje in Seattle, WA; Zonorongo Flamenco in Minneapolis, MN; and Rosario Flamenco in Vancouver, CA. With these companies she has had the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall, the Miller Theater at Columbia University, the Silvia and Danny Kye and the Intar in New York, the Xora in Athens, Greece, the Southern in Minneapolis, and the Playhouse and the Rothstein in Vancouver.
In January 2012, Marisol produced “Mujer es Tierra” in the Merida Festival in Mexico. “Mujer es Tierra” used contemporary dance and flamenco to protest against gender violence and environmental abuse. In 2011 Moreno was also the choreographer and principal dancer in Manuel Falla’s “La Vida Breve” in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.