Flamenco Dancer | Choreographer
My modern dance career reaches back to childhood studies with Virginia Tanner, a dance pioneer that ultimately moved me into a long study of Limon and Graham modern dance styles, and into the Lucas Hoving Performance Group. For many years I created my own choreography and performances, the goal being to emulate these artists.
Over time, I envisioned a new, revitalized, passionate conversation with dance, and flamenco beckoned. I joined Rosa Montoya's flamenco dance classes. I became a flamenco dancer and choreographer, immersing myself in baile flamenco, cante, and the ancient, rich history that encompasses flamenco dance, music and poetry. The beauty, power and boldness of flamenco is expressed in it's depth, something that I searched for in my youthful modern dance studies.
In the contemporary era, flamenco and modern contemporary dance connect in new powerful and beautiful ways. The styles often collide in Spain, the two art forms challenging and advancing each other. My goal in performance and choreography is to reveal flamenco's strong and bold emotions of power, joy and sorrow. Combining the freedom of contemporary dance with flamenco creates unrestricted moments and stories that capture the essence of life. The flamenco dance theater works draw on the power, beauty, elegance, and lyricism of both dance styles, connecting and clashing.
Creating works that draw on both contemporary and flamenco dance enables our company Mojácar Flamenco to work with some of the best contemporary and flamenco dancers in Southern California. Our dancers, like our audiences, are open to crossing boundaries.
Katerina Tomás in performance
L.A. Dance Resource Center Performance Award
L.A. Treasures Award
Pennington Dance Group - Z Clark Branson Grant - Dance Space Award
Spanish Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities
Fundación Valparaiso, Mojácar, Spain
Northern California Grant Makers
Zellerbach Family Fund
Meet the Composer
San Francisco State University - B.A. - Interdisciplinary - Dance/Music/Theater
UCLA - M.A. - Dance and Dance Ethnology
Universidad de Córdoba - Flamenco
Eva la Yerbabuena
Dolores Nonsitzi Cayou