Twenty Five years ago I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a professional Flamenco Dancer. I left my job as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles, moved to Spain and have never looked back. Despite the odds, financial limitations, lack of support, chronic illness and uncertainty, I’ve always pushed forward with determination and belief in myself and my journey. The rewards have been plenty. I’ve performed as a soloist in Spain and throughout the US, I’ve won awards for my dancing, I’m a sought out teacher and choreographer and I’ve helped others connect to their passion for Flamenco. This has been the best decision of my life!
•”Veranos Flamencos” in Madrid, Spain at the world renown school, Amor De Dios.
Thankfully I’ve received a full scholarship to attend the Flamenco Program at Jacob’s Pillow this June, an honor reserved for only 25 dancers nation wide. I’ll be studying with Carmen Ledesma and Carmela Greco, two artists that I greatly admire. To my delight, I’ve also been asked to perform and teach at the festival.
Learning new skills and growing in mastery is a big part of being a professional dancer. I’m a huge advocate for creativity, the arts and dedicating the time and resources required to be a great artist. If I am to keep creating and giving to my audiences and students it’s vital to replenish and re-inspire myself. Without this time artist’s run the risk of burnout or worse, they quit. Sadly the arts, including dance is grossly undervalued and still not seen as real work, and professional development is seen as a luxury and not a necessity. Those who’ve tried, or know Flamenco, and have taken a class or performed at any level understand without a doubt that this is WORK! Hours and hours of work. For me it is my life’s work.
I’ve been an independent self-funded artist for the greater part of my career. It’s taken a huge amount of my time, energy, and personal finances to fund my projects and my professional development. It’s a labor of love and I’m happy to do it. Those that know me know that I’ve sold my possessions, my car, my flamenco dresses and in addition written those grant proposals… whatever it took to make it happen.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and support. Any amount to keep Flamenco alive in me and through me is greatly appreciated!
Your sponsorship will specifically go towards:
FESTIVAL FLAMENCO ALBURQUERQUE 2019, June 16 – 21
Advanced Repertory – Cantiñas with Bata de Cola with Manuel Liñán: $230
Advanced Repertory – Siguiriya with Palillos with Belén López: $230
Air Travel: $750
VERANOS FLAMENCOS IN MADRID AT AMOR DE DIOS.
August 5 – August 31
Classes: $670 (590 euros)
Air Travel: $700
Grand Total: $4000
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