Quiero Flamenco was created to bring the art of Flamenco to the Inland Northwest. Flamenco, born from the heart of Andalucia, is a complex and passionate art form. Passion, romance, heartache, and pain are all emotions that are found in this medium.
Flamenco Pasion is comprised of artists who have studied and lived Flamenco and want to share it at its purist and most complex.
Joaquin Gallegos was born on July 25th, 1978 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He comes from a family of artists and musicians, starting music studies at age 7 and playing the guitar at 9 years old. Joaquin has made Andalucia his second home having spent several years living, studying and performing there and in the United States as well as in Latin America. He lived among gypsy clans in Sacromonte, Granada, learning the art of accompanying cante and baile. Some of Joaquins most important maestros have been Chuscales, Manolo Sanlucar, El Viejin, Emilio Maya and Anton Jimenez. Joaquin won 1st prize at the 2002 EXPO Flamenco Competition at the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque and was a finalist at the 2007 II Concurso Internacional Nino Ricardo de Murcia. His first album, La Jornada, was released in 2005 and Joaquin has recorded on many artists albums and toured with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, EntreFlamenco and as a solo artist. His second album, Nuevos Comienzos, was released in 2015 and has received critical acclaim for its composition, innovation, and technical virtuosity. His fluid technical expression, deep rhythmic sensibility and prolific composing abilities have made Joaquin a sought after guitarist for solo performances, accompaniment for flamenco artists such as Antonio Granjero, Lakshmi Basile, and Nino de los Reyes, jazz, world and soul music collaborations, and as composer of soundtracks for films.
Monica Mota started dancing professionally as a ballet dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company and as a modern dancer with the Bill Evans Dance Company. When she was nineteen she attended her first Flamenco class and found her love. She has performed as a soloist for the Denver Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre, Oleaje Flamenco of Seattle, Chicas Patas of Spokane, Flamenco Denver, Solo Flamenco of Portland and Underground Flamenco of Denver. Additionally, Monica has performed her own solo choreography at On the Boards in Seattle.
Monica has trained under Sara de Luis of Pacific Northwest Ballet. She was fortunate to teach at the Pacific Northwest Ballet summer academy and coach Seattle Opera dancers. She has studied Flamenco in Granada, Spain and has also studied with Spanish performers such as Manuel Linan, Eva La Yerbabuena, Manuela Carrasco, Olga Pericet, Fuensanta La Moneta, Concha Jareno, El Torombo, Pastora Galvan and Domingo Ortega. Prior to her studies in Spain, Monica studied Flamenco with Pablo Rodarte and Marisol and Joaquin Encinias of the National Institute of Flamenco.
Monica obtained her B.A. in Dance from the University of New Mexico and a Masters in Teaching from Whitworth University.
Amelia Moore began teaching and dancing professionally at the age of 17 as a Bellydancer with World Music and Dance group Children of the Revolution. Under the tutelage of her dance mentor Susan Evans, she studied stagecraft, choreography and the dramatic arts, all of which led her to develop her own dance studio and performing company from 2000-2005. Meanwhile, onstage with Eric & Encarnacion from Children of the Revolution and Flamenco de Raiz, she was learning the complex rhythmic accompaniment of palmas while slowly falling in love with Flamenco. Since 2006 she has devoted herself to the art of Flamenco. In addition to her ongoing studies with her main teacher and inspiration Encarnacion La Paloma, she has been influenced by her studies with Maria Bermudez Sara de Luis and Cihtli Ocampo, and has studied regularly and intensively with Andres Pena and Pastora Galvan, among others. A lifelong student, she continues to travel often to study and be inspired by great artists of Flamenco. With a degree in Spanish and Dance from the University of Washington and 20 years of teaching experience, she is passionate about teaching and delights in awakening a love and freedom of movement in her students.
Special Guest Artist
Ella's Theater (View)
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Spokane , WA 99201
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