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

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

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Manitoba – Carmen Cano de Infante

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Carmen Cano de Infante, Cordoba, Spain (1960) / Photo courtesy of Carmen Cano de Infante

Carmen Cano de Infante, nicknamed “The Godmother of Spanish Dance in Manitoba”, specializes in Spanish regional dance, especially Andalucían. Born in the southern Spanish city of Córdoba, she came to Canada in 1967 and founded the Spanish Folk Dancers of Winnipeg, Sol de España. She is a founding member of the Spanish Club of Winnipeg (est. 1977), and serves as president. In 2008, she was awarded La Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil by his Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain in recognition for her outstanding contribution to preserving this Spanish cultural legacy.

• Antonia Garcia: Córdoba, Spain (1954–1958)

• Aurelia Amo: Córdoba, Spain (1958–1963)

• Workshops with folk dance and music teachers fromspecific regions: Sevilla; Malaga, Spain

• Yearly Summer Folk Dance Intensive Forums: Segovia;Zaragona; Torremolinos (Malaga), Spain (1954–1958)

 

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Manitoba – Claire Marchand

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Claire Marchand has performed across Canada and internationally, including performing as a flamenco soloist at the Canada Dance Festival. Her recent tour of Canada with flamenco guitar virtuoso Javier Conde was recorded for CBC national broadcast. She is currently directing a Radio-Canada television documentary about flamenco artists in Spain.

• Carmen Cano de Infante: Winnipeg (1989–1998)

Claire Marchand

• Claudia Carolina: various Canadian cities (1993–present)

• La Cintia: Madrid, Spain (1995–present)

• Eduardo Serrano “El Güito”: Madrid, Spain (1998–present)

• Ana Maria Lopez: Bulerías de Jerez; Jerez, Spain (2004)

• Joaquin Ruiz: Madrid, Spain (1998, 2007, 2008)

• Manuel Santiago Maya “Manolete”: Jerez; Madrid, Spain (2004, 2007)

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

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Flamenco in British Columbia – Oscar Nieto

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Oscar Nieto is the artistic director and one of the teachers at Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy, which he was instrumental in establishing.  He is also the artistic director and choreographer for Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre. Both are based in Vancouver.

• Antonio Gades: Chicago, USA(1969)

Oscar Nieto/Photo by Adam Smith

• Lola Montes: Los Angeles, USA (1971)

• José Greco: New York, USA (1972)

• Maria Magdalena: Madrid, Spain (1974)

• Ciro: San Antonio, USA (1975)

• Domingo Ortega: Madrid, Spain (1998)

• Ana Maria Lopez: Jerez, Spain (1998)

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

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British Columbia – Veronica Maguire

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Veronica Maguire has spent thirty years of her professional life as a full-time dance teacher, choreographer and performer. She is the artistic director and co-founder of the Alma de España Flamenco Dance Company and School in Victoria, BC (est. 1991). Her frequent visits to Spain with her flamenco guitarist husband Harry Owen and son Gareth, to seek new techniques and teaching methods, have helped her to create a strong interest and supportive flamenco community on Vancouver Island.  

• Maria Bermudez: Jerez, Spain (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007)

• Ana Maria Lopez: Jerez, Spain (1999, 2000, 2001, 2007)

• Angelita Gomez: Jerez, Spain (2001, 2007)

• Manolo Marin: (2000, 2001)

• Javier LaTorre: Jerez, Spain (1999, 2000)

• Eva La Yerbabuena: Jerez, Spain (2001)

• Matilde Coral: Jerez, Spain (2007)

• Isabel Bayón: Sevilla, Spain (2000); Vancouver (2008)

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.