Briseyda Zárate is an inspired and skilled Flamenco Dancer, Choreographer & Teacher based in Los Angeles, CA. She grew up in a Mexican campesino household in Delano, CA. surrounded by music – her father and uncles guitarists, her mother and grandmother singers. She began dancing and singing at the age of 5 and has dedicated the last 25 years of her life to Flamenco. Briseyda has lived and performed at length in Spain and is among the few in the top-most level of those practicing this art form in the United States.
Her career highlights include performing nightly in the Madrileño tablaos, El Cafe de Chinitas, El Juglar, and the Peña Flamenca Los Cabales. During this time she shared the stage with noted artists, Juan Treviño, Leo Treviño, El Ciervo, Antonia la Pescailla, La Chungi, and Los Habichuela, amongst others. She studied daily with Manuel Reyes Maya at the renown school Amor De Dios. She’s performed and studied in Sevilla/Triana and has shared the stage with the legendary Carmen Ledesma. Last year she performed in La Fiesta de La Buleria in Jerez de La Frontera under the direction of Maria Bermudez, sharing the bill with La Farruca, Remedios Amaya and Esperanza Fernandez.
In the US she was awarded 1st place at the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque “IV Concurso Nacional de Flamenco”. Briseyda’s been a featured soloist at numerous US Flamenco Festivals, and this past year her company performed at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She’s a long standing member of the LA Flamenco Community and her company inaugurated the first annual “Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival”. She’s been a soloist at the John Ahnson Ford Amphitheatre, The Hollywood Bowl, The Fountain Theater and The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion where she was also choreographer for the LA Opera’s Production of “Carmen”. Briseyda now splits her time between LA and Spain and currently directs her Company and produces her Flamenco dance series in LA entitled “Noches De Tablao”.
In addition to being an accomplished dancer, Briseyda is also a sought out singer. Her first songs where as a child accompanied by her dad’s guitar. Since she has sung in inumerous performances and accompanies flamenco dancers and performs solo regularly. She also combines flamenco song and dance seamlessly, making for a unique performance.
Briseyda is passionate about being both a good artist and a good teacher. She has a gift for teaching seemingly unavailable skills by breaking down the complex and making it simple , accessible and enjoyable.
Briseyda knows first hand the positive effect that Flamenco and creativity has on people’s lives. It goes way beyond learning steps in a studio and translates into a way of life that can enhance your life profoundly.