Sunday Night Flamenco at Bar Gansa
Escuela de Baile has a series showcasing their students and local professionals at this wonderful tapas bar in the heart of Camden. No entrance fee.
2 Inverness Street
30th September: Lourdes Fernandes
Lourdes Fernandez began to dance at the age of five. From that moment, all her life unfolded through the learning of flamenco. She studied dance at the Conservatory of Madrid (1993-2004) and completed a Masters in Performing Arts at the same university (2009-2010). She also taught dance at Saint Louis University in Madrid and participated at the International Gala of Dance for UNESCO.
Since then, she has performed in renowned venues and festivals across the United Kingdom. Currently she is working as dancer and choreographer with various organisations. In addition, she teaches at Escuela de Baile Flamenco for all levels and she runs flamenco workshops for various colleges across London.
7th October: Sam Quy
Sam has performed in productions at London’s Royal Opera House London and with her own group. Her screen credits include the film and 3D movie Carmen, BBC’s Manet documentary and she is the flamenco dancer on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
She will be accompanied by the inspirational guitarist Tito Heredia and singer Jasmine Villalobos. A show not to be missed!
14th October: Francesco “El Halcón” Bucchi
Francesco is originally from Italy with 19 years of experience in Flamenco and modern dance. He has studied extensively in Madrid and performed with companies in Spain. Although he is based in London, his professional career has taken him to Japan, Brazil, Algeria and all across Europe.
21st October: La Talia
Talia is a flamenco dancer with over three decades of experience. She trained extensively in Seville, Jerez and Madrid at prestigious academies such as Amor de Dios, Escuela de Baile Manolo Marín and Peña los Cernícalos. Her maestros have been Jose Garcia, Manolo Marin, Paco Fernandez, Belen Fernandez, Anita Lopez and Angelita Vargas.
She has appeared at numerous important flamenco venues in Madrid, including Tablao Casapatas, Tablao Calentito and the Teatro de la Villa de El Escorial. After touring extensively with some of the top Spanish flamenco dance companies, she was cast in the film “Gitano” featuring Joaquín Cortés and was featured in the documentary “Caminos del Sur” for RTVE.
Upon her return to the UK in 2002, Talia formed her own dance company, comprised of the best and most experienced flamenco performers in Britain. Her troupe was selected to share the bill with Tomatito at the Royal Albert Hall, London. After being interviewed on BBC radio by Gloria Hunniford, the acclaimed kathak dancer Naheed Siddiqi invited Talia to Pakistan to mount a special collaboration which went on to tour Asia’s principal Arts festivals. She was also featured on BBC’s Women’s Hour where a documentary was made and broadcasted about her. In 2007, Talia designed and participated, at the behest of WAC Belsize Park, in an ongoing project intended to familiarise students with the spirit of the work of the poet and play write Federico García Lorca, and choreographed all the dancing used in the production.
28th October – La Morenita Flamenca
La Morenita Flamenca (Michelle Carrier) is a professional flamenco dancer currently based in London, UK where she has been a soloist and a major creative force behind the popular flamenco group Sumaya Flamenco for the past five years. She has lived and trained in Jerez, Spain which is considered to be the birthplace of flamenco, and studied intensively with Jerez based artists Mercedes Ruiz, Chiqui de Jerez, Manuela Carpio and Andres Peña, amongst others. Other renowned flamenco artists she has studied with include Eva la Yerbabuena, Rafaela Carrasco, Belen Maya, Javier La Torre, Israel Galvan, Farruquito, La Truco, Pilar Ogalla, Manuela Rios, Manolo Linan and Marco Flores. With a strong background in ballet and contemporary dance she began performing flamenco in 1996. She has since performed around the UK in art centres, theatres, festivals including at Glastonbury, Latitude and Musicport and in 2009 she opened as a soloist with Sumaya for Carmen Linares at the Barbican Blaze series. Her performances in Spain have included important venues in Jerez and Cadiz such as La Peña de Bulerias, La Peña de Cernicalos, La Peña Flamenca Perla de Cadiz and in recent years has performed as a soloist in the Sala de Compania in Jerez on the invitation of Manuela Carpio. She continues to return to Jerez regularly to continue her studies and further develop her art.
4th November – Francesco “El Halcón” Bucchi
11th November – Mel Dia
A very inspirational dancer, full of flamenco passion and fire. She always leaves her audience full of energy and inspiration.
18th November – Nanako Aramaki
Nanako is a Japanese-Canadian flamenco dancer, instructor, and choreographer based in London. She was introduced to flamenco by Rosario Ancer and Victor Kolstee in Vancouver where she began performing and teaching professionally in 2003. To further her training, she enrolled in the advanced dance program at the Cristina Heeren Flamenco Foundation in Seville, Spain in 2006, studying under flamenco greats Milagros Menjibar, Rafael Campallo, Ursula Lopez and Carmen Ledesma. Other notable influences and teachers include Concha Jareño, Andres Peña, Pilar Ogalla, Pilar Ortega, Adela Campallo and Pastora Galvan. Nanako is part of the Flamenco Rosario Dance Company in Canada and has several groups that she performs with in Germany and the UK. She recently spent 6 months teaching at Centro Flamenco Berlin in Germany, toured British Columbia, danced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and toured Japan with Ricardo Garcia. Her dance career thus far has led her to teach in Canada, Germany, England, Scotland, Denmark and Kenya, and perform on four continents.
25th November – Araceli Garcia
Born in Cartagena (Murcia), Araceli has studied classical ballet and contemporary dance as well as Flamenco. Her experience working as a choreographer, dance teacher and dancer for a variety of companies across the UK has helped her develop her stagecraft and interaction with audiences. Get yourself down to Bar Gansa this Sunday and have an authentic flamenco evening with great tapas too!!!
2nd December – Sam Quy
9th December – Nanako Aramaki
16th December – Mel Dia