Nova Scotia – Maria Ossende

Maria Osende is originally from Madrid, Spain, and moved to Canada in 2003. She founded Maria Osende Flamenco Company and Flamenco School Maria Osende. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Flamenco Festival Atlantic Society, which presents an annual international flamenco festival called the Fall For Flamenco Festival.

• Manuel Reyes Maya, Joaquin Ruiz, La Truco, La Tati, Inmaculada and Domingo Ortega, El Güito at Centro de Arte Flamenco Amor de Dios: Madrid, Spain (1998–2001,ongoing)

• Ana Maria Amahi: Berlin, Germany (1998–2000)

Maria Osende / Photo by Bob Hawke

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Nova Scotia – Megan Matheson

a family portrait….

Megan Matheson joined El Viento Flamenco, a company initiated by Evelyne Benais, as a dancer/choreographer in 2005. She performs with both El Viento Flamenco and Los Flamencos and runs her own dance school in Halifax.

• Evelyne Benais: Halifax (2001–2005)

• Juana Amaya: Sevilla, Spain (2005–present)

• Rafael de Carmen: Sevilla, Spain (2005–present)

• Yolanda Heredia: Sevilla, Spain (2008)

Megan Matheson, percussionist Tony Tucker and vocalist Maral Perk of El Viento Flamenco in Matheson’s Tarantos / Photo by Don Stoltz

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Quebec – Laura Lynne McGee

Laura Lynne McGee feels her theatre training has been a priceless asset in her approach to flamenco. McGee has been performing and teaching flamenco for the past twenty years, has performed and choreographed for numerous dance companies and has produced many shows throughout her career.

• Patrick Schupp: Montréal (1983)

• Luisa Pizaro: Montréal (1984)

• Ana Maria Lopez: Jerez, Spain (1988)

• Israel Galván: Madrid, Spain (1991)

• Juana Amaya: Sevilla, Spain (1998)

• Manuel Reyes: Montréal (2000)

Laura Lynne McGee in Tarantos / Photo by Claude Villemure

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Quebec – Lina Moros

Lina Moros founded the Ballet Flamenco Arte de Espana in 1990 and opened her Académie Ballet Flamenco Lina Moros shortly thereafter. She has collaborated with the Opera de Montréal, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, The National Theatre School, Le Cirque du Soleil, Les Sortilèges and artists in other domains. She occasionally serves on the jury of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts as an expert in Spanish dance and flamenco.

• Paula Moreno: Toronto (1975–1982)

• Merche Esmeralda: Madrid, Spain (1981)

• El Ciro: Madrid, Spain (1981)

• Javier Cruz: Toronto (1999)

• Manuel Santiago Maya “Manolete” at Centro de Arte

Flamenco Amor de Dios: Madrid, Spain (1986); Festival de

Jerez, Teatro Villamarta Studios: Jerez, Spain (2000)

• Rafaela Carrasco: Montréal (2005)

Lina Moros in Manolete’s Le Cri / Photo by Hervé Leblay

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Quebec – Myriam Allard

a family portrait…

Myriam Allard began dancing professionally in tablaos in Spain and Japan and joined Israel Galván’s company in Sevilla for his work Galvánicas in 2001. Since then, Allard has been a guest artist and has led master classes for various artists/companies such as Flamenco Rosario, Claire Marchand and Apsâra Flamenco (France). After many years living in Spain, Allard settled in Montréal where she has her own company, La Otra Orilla, and her flamenco studio, el Pleamar.

• Ciro: Madrid, Spain (1998–1999)

• Manolo Marin: Sevilla, Spain (1999–2000)

• Yolanda Heredia: Sevilla, Spain (2003)

Rafaela Carrasco: Madrid, Spain; Paris, France (2000–2003)

• Alejandro Granados: Sevilla, Spain (2003–2008)

Myriam Allard / Photo by Shany Bélanger

This article was originally published in March 2009 and is reproduced with permission from The Dance Current.

Get your tickets to see Rubén Olmo Live at the 2011 Toronto International Flamenco Festival on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.