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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Performance Highlights  

2020

  • NOCHES DE TABLAO  – FLAMENCO NIGHTS L.A. by Briseyda Zárate.    Monthly Flamenco Dance Series. Concept, Artistic Direction, Choreography, Dance. Co-Production with The Bootleg Theater. Featuring local artists such as José Cortéz, Andres Vadin, Manuel Gutierrez and Spanish artists such as Carmen Ledesma. (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Chicago Flamenco Festival, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago.
    Soloist/Dancer.  “Luna Nueva“ with Luna Flamenca. Artistic Direction: Lakshmi Basile, “La Chimi”.  (Chicago, IL.)
  • FLAMENCO SERENATA by Briseyda Zárate. A Socially Distant Flamenco Show Experience. Concept, Choreography & Dance.
  • Dancing on the Edge During Covid-19.
    Contributing Choreographer. A site specific, video choreographic project of cutting edge work, celebrating Black and Latinx choreographers during Covid-19. Direction: BlackTina Festival, Licia Perea. Sponsored by the  City of LA Cultural Affairs Dept. (Los Angeles, CA.)


20018/2019 

  • La Fiesta de La Buleria, “Jerez con California.” Dancer. Artistic Direction: María Bermúdez.  Shared the bill with La Farruca, Remedios Amaya, Esperanza Fernandez amongst others. (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.)
  • NOCHES DE TABLAO  – FLAMENCO NIGHTS L.A. by Briseyda Zárate.  Monthly Flamenco Dance Series. Artistic Concept, Direction, Choreography, Dance. Co-Production with The Bootleg Theater. Featuring local artists such as José Cortéz, Andres Vadin, Manuel Gutierrez and Spanish artists such as Carmen Ledesma. (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • TABLAO FLAMENCO WORKSHOP by Briseyda Zárate.
    Concept & Creation. A professional development workshop  taught for pre-professional Flamenco Dancers explaining how Flamenco Dance works at it’s core and focusing on dance structure, communication. improvisation, theory and practice.
  • Si Se Puede, Dolores Huerta’s Playlist, Oakland Symphony. Special Guest Performer / Choreographer. (Oakland, CA.)
  • Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Inside -Out Series. Briseyda Zárate & Company. Artistic Direction, Choreography & Dance. Accompanied by Cristian Puig & Peter Bogdanos. (Becket, MA.)
  • El Gato Montes, LA Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Dancer. Choreography: Cristina Hoyos. Associate Choreographer: Jesus Ortega. Direction: Placido Domingo.  (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Tablao Abierto, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Guest Mentor/Singer for developing Flamenco Dancers in a Tablao/Workshop performance. (New York, New York.)
  • Flamenco Inside-Out – Sala One Nine.
    Soloist . (New York, NY.)
  • Centro Espanol Queens-New York Dancer/Singer, Soloist.
    Direction: Flamenco y Sol,  Sol Koeraus
  • Nueva York Flamenco City, Terraza 7. Soloist. Artistic Direction: Alfonso Magburo Cid.
  • Descanso Gardens World Rhythm Series Artistic Direction, Choreography & Dance. (Los Angeles, California.).
  • Professional Development in Sevilla & Madrid, Spain. Classes in Sevilla with El Oruco. Classes in Madrid at Amor De Dios with David Paniagua.    
  • Las Noches Flamencas De El Camerino. Soloist /Artistic Direction. (Sevilla, Spain)
  • Flor y Canto: Celebration 50 years of Chicanax/Latinx Art & Culture. Chicanas Gitanas, Choreographer, Dancer & Soloist. Claremont College. Director: Martha Gonzalez.

2015-2017

Diagnosed and Healing from Fibromyalgia.

  • BlakTinx Dance Festival, (Los Angeles, CA.) Dancer/Choreographer, Soloist.    “Mis Pequeñas Muertes ~ My Little Deaths”, Bootleg Theater. Direction: Licia Perea.
  • Santa Barbara Spanish Fiestas, (Santa Barbara, CA). Singer. Linda Vega Dance Studio & Flamenco Santa Barbara.
  • Forever Flamenco at the Fountain Theater. Soloist, Artistic Director. (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • El Cid, Flamenco Tablao. Soloist/Artistic Director (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Cafe Sevilla, Flamenco Tablao.   
    Soloist. (San Diego, CA.)
  •  Professional Development, Madrid & Sevilla, Spain. 3 months of study at Amor De Dios in Madrid with Alfonso Losa, Manuel Reyes & Fuensanta La Moneta. Classes in Sevilla with El Oruco & La Lupi.

2013/2014

  • CARMEN, LA Opera.  Choreographer. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Direction: Placido Domingo. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Houston Flamenco Festival, Soloist. “Flamenco del Ayer y Hoy”. Artistic Direction: Jesus Montoya, Pureza Flamenca. (Houston, TX)
  • Madonna Rebel Heart Tour, video content for “La Isla Bonita”. Choreographer. Direction: Lilly Melgar, Veneno Productions. (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • UCSB Multicultural Center, A Night of Flamenco with Briseyda Zarate. Artistic Direction /Dance/Choreography (Santa Barbara, CA.)
  • New World Flamenco Festival, Flamenco Abierto. Soloist.
    Barclay Theatre . Direction: Yaelisa (Irvine, CA.)

2012

  • Professional Development, Sevilla, Spain. 6 months of study with Yolanda Heredia (Bata de Cola), Juana Amaya, Farruquito, Manuela Carrasco, Carmen Ledesma, Adela Campallo, Yolanda Heredia, El Oruco, La Lupi. (Sevilla, Spain.)
  • T de Triana Tablao. SoloistDirection: Fyty Carillo (Triana/Sevilla, Spain.)
  • Choreography Residency, Madrid, Spain.  2 months understudying with Choreographer for the Teatro Real, Nuria Castejon Rosado,  in preparation for my Choreography debut of CARMEN at the LA Opera. (Madrid, Spain)

2010/2011

  • Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival.   “FLAMENCA” by Briseyda Zárate. Artistic Direction. Choreography & Dance. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Direction: Kalakao Entertainment, Mitch Chang. Shared the bill with Omayra Amaya. (Redondo Beach, CA).
  • “BAILES SOLEMNES” by Briseyda Zarate. Production, Artistic Artistic Direction, Choreography & Dance. The Electric Lodge. (Venice, CA. )
  • “LA Olé”, Target Dance Series at the Ford, John Anson Ford Amphitheater. Soloist. Direction, Antonio Triana. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • El Festival de Jerez, Sala Compañia. Choreography workshop with Javier La Torre. (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain)
  • Peña Flamenca Los Cernicalos.
    Soloist. (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain)
  • Flamenco Loves Tango.
    Choreographer & Singer. Wilshire Ebell Theater, Lobero Theater. Direction: Jorge Visconti. (Los Angeles & Santa Barbara, CA.)
  • La Opera, The Barber of Seville. Dancer/Dance Captain. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Choreography: Nuria Castejon Rosado. Direction: Placido Domingo. ( Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Tucson Flamenco Festival. Soloist. Direction: Flamenco del Pueblo Viejo, Produced by Casa Vicente, (Tucson, AZ)
  • Disneyland California Adventure. Singer & Dancer for “East/West” – Turkish/Flamenco Fusion Band. Direction: Nyofu Tyson.  (Anaheim, Ca.)
  • The Soul of Spain, Los Angeles World Festival of Sacred Music. Guest Artist. Direction: Yuval Ron. The Broad Stage, (Santa Monica, CA).
  •  Bulerias Apocrificas”, California Institute of the Arts, World Music and Dance Festival. Choreographer. Composer: Ivan Carames. (Valencia, CA).

2008/2009

  • “FLAMENCA” by Briseyda Zarate Artistic Direction, Choreography, Dance & Production.  Bootleg Theater. (Los Angeles, CA. )
  • FLAMEN-CURA-, Flamenco as Medicine For The Soul by Briseyda Zarate. Production, Artistic Direction, Choreography & Dance. Alvas Show Room. (San Pedro, CA.)
  • Festival of Latinas Dancing, Co-Director Producer, Choreographer & Dancer. Featuring Briseyda Zárate Flamenco Dance Company and The Latina Dance Project with Licia Perea. Bootleg Theater, (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Adorations, Los Angeles World Festival of Sacred Music. Choreography & Dance.
    Direction: Deborah Lawlor. The Fountain Theatre (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Encuentro Flamenco with Nino De Los Reyes. Soloist. Direction: Gerardo Morales for Encuentro Flamenco. Highland Park Ebell Club. (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Alegrias La Nacional Theater, Soloist. Direction: Jorge Navarro. (New York, NY.)
  • Flamenco: Plugged and Unplugged, Flamenco Inside Out. Dancer/Soloist, Bleeker Street Theater, Direction: Lea Keith & Peter Bogdanos,. (New York, NY.)
  • The School at Jacob’s Pillow,  Flamenco  Cultural Traditions Program with Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca. One of 25 dancers chosen from the U.S., Scholarship Recipient.  (Beckett, MA.)

2006/2007

  • Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque “IV Concurso Nacional de Flamenco”, National Flamenco Contest, 1st place. (Albuquerque, NM)
  • ASI BAILA MI CORAZÓN by Briseyda Zárate. Production, Artistic Direction, Choreography & Dance: Briseyda Zárate. The Electric Lodge. (Venice, CA. )
  • “NOCHE FLAMENCA” by Briseyda Zarate. Monthly Flamenco Dance Series. Production, Artistic Direction, Choreography & Dance. Espresso Mi Cultura Cafe, (Hollywood, CA.)
  • Yaelisa and Caminos Flamenos, Dancer. Cowell Theater, Lincoln Theater, ODC Theater. (San Francisco, CA)

2000-2005

  • Centro De Arte Flamenco Y Danza Española Amor de Dios. Living & Studying in Madrid, Spain. Teachers: Manuel Reyes, La Truco.
  • El Cafe de Chinitas, Cuadro, Soloist. (Madrid, Spain)
  • Peña Flamenca Los Cabales, Cuadro Soloist. (Madrid, Spain)
  • El Juglar, Cuadro, Soloist. (Madrid, Spain)
  • Al Andalus, Cuadro, Soloist. (Madrid, Spain)
  • Classes in Jerez de La Frontera, Spain. Teachers: Ana Maria Lopez, Manuela Carpio.

1994-1999

  • UCLA World Arts and Culture’s Department. Weekly Classes in
    Flamenco with Lilliana De Leon-Torsiello.  Tap & Modern Dance with various teachers. (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • “MUERTAS POR BULERIA” by Briseyda Zárate for Chicanas Gitanas. Artistic Direction, Choreography, Dance. Direction: Felicia Montes/Mujeres De Maiz. Community Service Organization. (East Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Del Ritmo Flamenco Dance Company. Dancer. Direction: Lilliana De Leon Torsiello.
  • Gabriela Garza Flamenco Dance Company. Dancer/Soloist.
  • Festival International Cervantino Tour.
    Soloist, Gabriela Garza Flamenco Dance Company. (Tijuana, Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, Monterey, MEXICO)

1980-1993

  • Darlene’s Dance Workshop. Training & Performance in Ballet, Tap, Lyrical & Jazz Dance. (Delano, CA.)
  • Darlene’s Ultimate Attractions. Dancer/Choreographer. Professional Competitive Dance Company. (Delano, CA.)

Ongoing Flamenco Tablaos

2000-Present

  • Forever Flamenco at the Fountain Theatre, Artistic Direction, Choreography & Dance. Director: Deborah Lawlor. (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • EL CID.  Artistic Direction/ Choreography/Dance. (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Cafe Sevilla. Soloist. Artistic Direction: Oscar Aragon. (San Diego, Long Beach, Carlsbad, Riverside.)
  • Alegrias. Soloist. Artistic Direction: Jose Tanaka.

Awards
Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque “IV Concurso Nacional de Flamenco”, National Flamenco Contest, 1st place. 2007 (Albuquerque, NM)
Singing Highlights

Dance Training

  • MADRID, SPAIN. Centro De Arte Flamenco Y Danza Española AMOR DE DIOS. Manuel Reyes, Rafaela Carrasco, Belen Maya, La Truco, Ciro, Maria Magdalena, Candela Soto.
  • SEVILLA, SPAIN.  Juana Amaya, Farruquito, Manuela Carrasco, Carmen Ledesma, Adela Campallo, Yolanda Heredia, El Oruco, La Lupi
  • JEREZ, SPAIN:  Ana Maria Lopez, Manuela Carpio.
  • LOS ANGELES: Liliana De Leon, Gabriela Garza.hey
  • Darlene’s Dance Workshop. Ballet, Tap, Jazz. (Delano, CA.)
  • The EDGE Performing Arts Center. Ballet, Tap, Jazz. (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • UCLA World Arts and Culture’s Department, Flamenco, Tap, Modern. (Los Angeles, CA.)

Singing Highlights 

  • Pacific Symphony, Segerstrom Hall, “Suspirós de Espańa”. Direction: Greg Whitmore. Guest Artist/ Soloist/Vocals/Dance: Briseyda Zárate. (Costa Mesa, CA.)
  • Disneyland California Adventure, “East/West”, Turkish/Flamenco Fusion Band, Direction: Nyofu Tyson, Vocals/Dance: Briseyda Zárate. Main stage, (Anaheim, Ca.)
  • Santa Barbara Spanish Fiestas. Direction: Linda Vega/Flamenco Santa Barbara. Vocals/Dance: Briseyda Zárate (Santa Barbara, CA).
  • “Reaching You”. Hamed Nikpay, Persian/Flamenco Fusion Album, Vocalist. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Numerous performances in Southern California.

Film/Video

  • “Kumpanía: Flamenco Los Angeles”, Film/Documentary, Featured Artist/Dancer. Director: Katina Dunn. (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Iron and Wine “Boy with a Coin”, Music Video, Dancer.(Los Angeles, CA.)

Dance Teaching

  • Weekly Flamenco classes in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Summer Intensives. Flamenco dance instruction ages 5-18, (Los Angeles. CA., Houston, TX.)
  • Los Angeles Unified School District, Dance Educator, Ages K-6, (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Lacer Stars after school program, Flamenco dance instruction ages K-6  (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • Dance Sundays at the Wallis, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Free Flamenco class for the public, All ages, (Los Angeles, CA)
  •  J.A.M. Sessions at The Ford Amphitheater, Free Flamenco class for the public, All ages. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, East LA Civic Center, Free Flamenco class for the public, All ages,  (East Los Angeles, CA)
  • Pasadena Dance Festival, Free Flamenco class for the public, All ages. (Pasadena, CA)
  • California Dance Education Association Conference. Flamenco Dance Workshop for Dance Teachers.  (Los Angeles, CA.)
  •  Los Angeles Tap Festival, Master Teacher/Performer,  (Los Angeles, CA.)
  • The Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival, Workshops and Performances.  (Houston, TX.)
  • Tucson Arizona Flamenco Festival, Workshops and Performances.  (Tucson, AZ.)
  • Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival, Workshops and Performances, (Los Angeles, CA.)

Education: UCLA, Bachelor of Arts in History and Chicana/o Studies