Claudia Cruz

(Cádiz, 1986). At 5 years of age she starts dancing receiving flamenco classes. Later, at age 10 she began her ballet and Spanish classical dance lessons in the academy Cibayi directed by Charo Cruz. She has taken classes of flamenco with artists like Juana Amaya, Javier Latorre, Israel Galván, Rafaela Carrasco, Belén Maya, Alejandro Granados, Carmelilla Montoya and “La Chana”; contemporary dance with Mijita Dakota; ballet with Pacy Sánchez and Teresa Caudón; and classical Spanish with Fernando Galán and Silvia Oen.

Claudia has also studied theater with Caco Castelo, Eduardo Bernal, and Manuel Morón.

In 2001 she starred in the show of the Proclamation of Cádiz Carnival starring Sara Baras. In 2003 she worked with the theater company “Los Ulen”, together with Monaco ballet performing the work “Carmen” by Bizet.

In 2005 she traveled to Japan with the show “Pasión Flamenca” sharing the stage with Enrique “El Extremeño”, “El Tobala” Pedro Sierra and “La Moneta”. That same year she went on tour with Turismo Andaluz flamenco of Andalusia touring Europe.

In 2008, she was part of Cádiz company, led by the Andalusian Agency for the development of flamenco, sharing the stage with artists such as “El Junco”, David Palomar, Rosario Toledo and Ana Salazar.

Her first show, “Con Alma”, was presented in Cadiz in 2009, leading guest artist Enrique “El Extremeño”.

The 2010-11 season she toured as guest artist with the show “Niña Pastori en Navidad”, the first time Niña Pastori included in her show a figure of dancing.

She was part of the company of Antonio “El Pipa” from 2008 to 2012 as first dancer partning him on tours around Europe, America and participating in numerous festivals like the Festival de Jerez, Mont de Marsans or Parc de la Villette.

In February 2012 she repeated as a guest artist in the Proclamation Carnavalesco of Cadiz, “La Pepa 2012”, starring Niña Pastori and in May of that year she was the guest artist of master Rancapino in the show “Ayer y hoy”. A few months later she presented her show “Claudia Cruz” opening billboard programming in the Bicentennial of the Cortes of Cadiz.

The year 2013 was full of great events for her: in February she took part in the Festival de Jerez as a soloist in the show “Vivencias” with Antonio “El Pipa”, Tía Juana del Pipa, Concha Vargas, Carmen Ledesma and in the show “En la raíz del flamenco” premiered at the Theatre Lope de Vega in Seville along with artists like Dorantes, Farruquito, Remedios Amaya, Juan de Juan, Pastora Galván, etc. In March she participated in the Multicultural Festival “El arte une las generaciones” of Wroclaw in Poland and in September she starred as solo dancer in the show “Jeregueño” at the Bienal de Málaga.

In 2014 she participated as guest artist at the First Cycle Tan solo baile Venta de Vargas, with the show “Ni el hambre la vamo a sentí” sponsored by the city of Cadiz in the Municipal Art Center of Flamenco La Merced and the III Flamenco Festival in Japan, with artists such as Mercedes Ruiz, Pastora Galván, “La Moneta” Patricia Guerrero, Jairo Barrul, etc.

She has taught classes as well and she has worked in important flamenco tablaos like Villa Rosa and Tablao Las Carboneras in Madrid and Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona.

She has carried out shows with her own signature such as “Hilenco, danza homenaje al amor-arte del Rey del pop Michael Jackson”, a project that the artist is currently developing.

He has shared tables with the most relevant artists of the scene and is required to teach courses both in Spain and in other countries, among which are Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica, the United States, Japan, Luxembourg or Holland.

José Manuel Álvarez

Sevilla, 1985. He has worked with directors and choreographers such as Marco Flores, Olga Pericet, Juan Carlos Lleida, Guillermo Wieckert, Daniel Doña, Rubén Olmo, Javier Latorre or Pepa Gamboa. Under the direction of Craig Rivel he made a season with the musical “Flamen’ka Nueva” in Paris and London. He participated in shows of Yoko Komatsubara’s company touring the main theaters of Japan. He has also collaborated with Antonio Canales, Las Migas, the tap dancer Roxane Butterfly, the company Increpación Danza and the master of the tar Hamid Khabbazi. He is part of the Marco Flores company in “Laberíntica” (2014) and “Entrar al juego” (2016), and of the new production “Sin permiso” by Ana Morales that will premiere at the Seville Biennial 2018.

Since 2014 he is exploring his role as a creator that has led him to present the small format “Solo con” (Barcelona 2014), the choreographic piece “D-Structures” at the Theater de la Ville (Paris 2014, Ciutat Flamenco 2017) , “Ángulo muerto” with Lucía Álvarez “La Piñona” (Barcelona 2015) and “Hostal Pascual” (Barcelona 2016). He is currently in the process of producing his next show, which will premiere in Barcelona in 2019.

He performs regularly at the Palau de la Música together with Maestros de la Guitarra and Pedro Javier González, and with the Aurora musical ensemble. Also in different tablaos such as Villarrosa, Las Carboneras, El Corral de la Morería, El Cordobés, El Tablao del Carmen, etc. He was the artistic director of the disappeared Tablao Flamenco Ramblas in Barcelona.

In 2017 he opened his flamenco studio ¡La Capitana! in L’Hospitalet (Barcelona). He has been a visiting professor at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and teaches materclasses all over the world. In 2012 he won the Free Dance Prize for siguiriya in the national competition of La Perla de Cádiz.

Cristóbal García

Born in Malaga in 1983. He began his professional career in flamenco as a solo dancer in different tablaos, theaters and flamenco festivals in Spain and abroad.

Tablaos: Los Tarantos, El Arenal, El Carmen, El Cordobés, Casa Patas, Las Carboneras, Villa Rosa.

Festivals: City of Málaga Flamenco Festival, Antonio Mairena Flamenco Festival, Boyazil Festival (Turkey), Athens Festival (Greece), Newcastle Guitar Festival, Brussels, Luxembourg, Amsterdam Flamenco Festival, Olla Flamenca Casabermejas (Málaga), Flamenco London Festival, Geneva Flamenco Festival, Kazakhstan Festival (Astana), etc.

Winner of the First Prize in the National Contest of Cante and Flamenco Dance of Estepona (Málaga).

He stars in the role of Jeremías in the musical flamenco “Los Tarantos” represented in Barcelona, ​​Madrid and Athens.

Participates in the II, III, IV and V Bienal de Arte Flamenco de Málaga in different shows such as “Yo no sé la edad que tengo“, by José Losada; “Carrete“; “En familia”, by Trinidad Santiago “La Trini”; “Sabor a Malaga“, produced by the Diputación de Málaga.

Premieres and produces the show “Otros” at the Carthima Theater in Cártama (Málaga) and at the Echegaray Theater in Málaga.

Auxi Fernández

Bailaora and actress, born in Cádiz. Auxi began dancing with only five years of age at the Teatro Andalucía (Cádiz). She has been a guest artist in the shows of great artists such as Chick Corea, Jorge Pardo, Simon Shaheen and Juan Pérez Rodríguez Trío, among others. She has shared the stage with figures such as Carles Benavent, Concha Buika, Niño Josele, La Tana, Sara Baras, among others.

In his journey through the US she creates her shows “Encontrándote” and “Caminos”, which are presented at the prestigious Flamenco Festival in NY.

Other works are “Flamenco”, with which she receives a nomination for best musical theater production of the year 2014 at the ACE (New York) and Aires Flamencos awards for the Flamenco Festival of Chicago 2015.

Auxi also participated in:

Tribute to Paco de Lucía, Cancún.

“Touchtone” DVD by Chick Corea.

DVD “Mariana Pineda”, Company Sara Baras.

DVD “Dreams”, Company Sara Baras.

Photo book “Dream of Don Quixote” by Peter Müller, Sara Baras Company

Photo exhibition “Flamenca NY” by Angelica Escoto.

Collaboration in the flamenco documentary “The Sea is for Everybody” by Yaco Neches.

Collaboration in the film “Flamenco in NY: A Bow to American Producers, Artists and Educators” presented at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Collaboration in the documentary “Flamenyco” by Javier Benitez Zúñiga

Private event for Prince Charles of England at Buckingham Palace, Sara Baras Company

Private event for the Ambassador of Spain in the USA, Cathedral of Washington DC

Image for two different white and red wine labels during the Flamenco Festival Chicago 2014 and 2015, created by City Winer.


 

«I started at Pilar Ogalla‘s school when I was five years old because I told my mother to write me down. After two months it was the end of the course, so I went on stage at the Andalucía de Cádiz theater, an incredible memory. Then I was with her for six years. For me the training has been at school and on stage. Tanguillos competitions are held in Cádiz, so I was always dancing on stage. When I was eleven years old, I decided to go with María José Franco, where we had a group that was called Revuelo. We won a contest on TV, “Sonrisas y lágrimas”. Then I also went to Cádiz with Charo Cruz, before to Seville to the school of Manolo Marín and later with Chiqui de Jerez, when I was already 15 years old. I went to an audition made by Luis Adame, the owner of El Cordobés, the tablao in Barcelona, ​​and he took me. My parents had to go to take responsibility for me, since I was very young. As it was what I had always wanted, my father and mother, with all the pain in their hearts, let me go to Barcelona. That’s when my professional career began, with Charo in hotels or with María José in peñas like the peña Camarón. And already as a professional I went to El Cordobés, where I arrived with a four-month contract and he wanted to renew me and I spend there 13 months. And because my mother went to get me back, but I would have stayed longer. In that year’s Cádiz festivities Sara Baras performed and auditioned and took me and then also, at 16, for her company. She had to do the show “Juana la Loca” in Chile and “Sueños” at the Teatro Real in Madrid. With her I was three and a half years traveling around the world, at that time Sara worked a lot, with the shows “Sueños” and “Mariana Pineda“.

»While in the United States with Sara, José María Bandera invited me to see Chick Corea‘s show and he met me and later invited me to make a recording at the Palau de la Música and a tour of the USA for two months and another for Japan. as a solo dancer.

»Then I settled in Madrid and started working in the Corral de la Morería and in all the tablaos and going on tour. I was like this until I was 26 years old when I decided to go to the US and, since I am also an actress, I studied acting at Susan Paxton’s school. There I lived four and a half years and the truth is that I had many opportunities, I worked dancing, I produced my shows and I presented them at the Flamenco Festival in New York and Chicago, I did very important performances at private parties. And two years ago I returned to my land, with my people and happy here.

»I feel very comfortable in a tablao, it is much closer to my colleagues and the public and it feels differently, the energy is completely different. So I really enjoy working in a tablao and it’s something I need, I would not feel good just working in theaters. The tablao I think is the basis of an artist and I think that everyone has to go through a tablao. It’s a completely different way of working, I love it».

José Maya

Young bailaor born in a gypsy family of artists: painters, actors and writers. His ancestors are the historic bailaora Fernanda Romero and the cantaor Rafael Romero “El Gallina”. He is also related to the famous painters Antonio Maya and Jerónimo Maya. He began his career as a bailaor with nine years of age sharing a billboard in Madrid with dancers such as Antonio Canales, Juan Ramírez and Joaquín Grilo.

With only thirteen years he is already part of the companies of “El Güito” and Manolete doing various tours around Spain. In 1998 he obtained the Copa Pavón award and participates as guest artist in the show “Raíces” by Antonio Canales.

Prize to the best dancer in the Choreography Contest of the Community of Madrid in 2000. Scholarship by the Author Foundation at the prestigious Chair Alicia Alonso of Classical Dance, with which she acts as a guest artists at the Young Ballet of the Community of Madrid.

In 2005 he is claimed by the French filmmaker Tony Gatlif to be the first dancer of “Vertiges“, doing an extensive tour of France and Italy. Since 2007 he is a member of the guitarist Tomatito’s sextet touring Europe, America, China, Russia and Japan. Premieres with Farruco and Barullo “Al natural“, a flamenco musical acting for a month at the Theater Alcalá of Madrid and presented at the Jerez festival.

That same year he is invited by the producer Pino Sagliocco to dance in the concerts of pop stars like Marc Anthony and Beyónce with whom he performes in the Palacio de los Deportes de Madrid and at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

In 2008 he presents “El velero de las rosas” together with Lola Greco as guest artist, premiered in the Corral de Comedias of Alcalá de Henares in the Suma Flamenca Festival and in the Veranos de la Villa in the Sabatini Gardens.

In 2010 he premiered “Grito” with Alfonso Losa premiered at the festival Flamenco in Torrelodones, represented at the Suma Flamenca festival and in the Teatro Central of Seville within the framework of the programming of the Seville Biennial 2010.

In 2011 he presents “Maya” at the Flamenco Festival of Jerez, receiving a great reception on the part of the critic. He toured the USA and Canada with the show “Tengo compás” represented at the Albuquerque International Festival, in New York’s Skirball Center, Marines Memorial Theater of San Francisco and at the International Percussion Festival of Montreal.

In 2012 he presents his show at the Flamenco Festival of La Villette of Paris. In 2013 he participated in the tribute show “Carmen Amaya en la memoria” with Pastora Galván, Karime Amaya and Gema Moneo. In 2014 he premiered his latest creation at the Le Palace theater in Paris “Latente“.

Salomé Ramírez

Salomé Ramírez begins to dance together with Rafael Muñoz at 4 years of age forming part of the young promises of flamenco Huella Jerezana (1994-1998).

In 1998, at the age of 8, she continues her training at the academy of Manuela Carpio and Chiqui de Jerez, and continues to complement her training with teachers such as Farruquito, Antonio Canales, Juana Amaya, Marco Flores, José Maya, Manuel Liñán, Farru, Patricia Guerrero , Rocío Molina, La Moneta, etc.

She has toured Jerez peñas such as La Bulería, Los Cernícalos, Pepe Alconchel, Fernando Terremoto, El Pescaero, La Zúa or the peña flamenca la Perla de Cádiz.

In 2002, when she was 12 years old, she started working at the tablao El Lagar de Tío Parrilla, directed by Juan Parrilla, in Jerez de la Frontera. She began to dance in other tablaos from Jerez, such as Tablao del Bereber, La Cuna del Flamenco or La Taberna Flamenca.

In 2007 she participated in the Viernes Flamencos of Jerez de la Frontera.

In 2010 she was part of the company of Farruquito with the show “Sonerías” premiered at the Teatro de la Maestranza at the Bienal de Flamenco of Sevilla.

From 2012 until today she began to be part of the usual artists cast of Tablao del Carmen in Barcelona.

She has also performed in flamenco tablaos in Sevilla such as El Museo del Flamenco by Cristina Hoyos, El Arenal and Los Gallos.

From 2014 until today she is part of the cast of flamenco tablao Puro Arte in Jerez. In that same year she returns to participate in the festival Viernes Flamenco of that same city and makes her first tour in Japan performing and teaching classes in different cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai or Nagoya.

In 2015 she participates in the flamenco festival of Lyon with the show “De Lebrija a Jerez” with the singer from Lebrija Anabel Valencia.

In 2016 she obtains the second prize of the flamenco dance contest of the Tablao Las Carboneras in Madrid.

In 2017 she goes to the world music festival of Copenhagen, Denmark.
She currently lives in Madrid forming part of prestigious tablaos such as Las Carboneras, Cardamomo or La Pacheca, among others.

 

“The tablao for me is a very special place. I feel very comfortable on stage and it is always a pleasure to share with colleagues of an exceptional level. And below it, it is a family where you can breathe affection and a lot of art », explains Salomé Ramírez.

Adrián Santana

This dancer began his training with his uncle the great dancer Pepito Vargas and continued his studies at the Conservatory of Dance in Málaga, his hometown. In 2010 he receives the 2nd prize at the XIX Choreography Contest of Spanish Dance and Flamenco in Madrid with his piece “Siempre me pasa lo mismo” which will premiere later in the Pradillo venue in Madrid with great success.

He has been part of the best dance companies in the country highlighting Aída Gómez, Carlos Saura, Manuel Liñán-Daniel Doña, Margaret Jova Producciones, Carlos Chamorro and Rocío Molina, sharing the stage with artists as Maria Pagés, Lola Greco, Javier Latorre, Belén Maya, Pastora Galván, Nani Paños, Concha Jareño or Rafael Estévez in stages and festivals such as Bienal de Sevilla, Festival de Jerez, Flamenco Festival London/New York and the Acropolis in Greece and many others.

He has been directed in various productions by artists of great prestige as the master Granero and Antonio Canales and he has performed in tablaos as Casa Patas, Villa Rosa, Las Carboneras and Corral de la Morería.

In addition to his experience as a dancer, he teaches courses in different cities and conservatories in Spain and abroad.

“My beginnings were with my uncle Pepito Vargas, who was my teacher and who taught me everything about flamenco, all the palos and to dance by right. From the age of nine, I combined with my studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza in Malaga, where I studied all the disciplines: classical, classical Spanish, flamenco, folklore, etc.

»As for the artistic trajectory, note that I have been soloist of the company of Aida Gómez and that I have danced with her in festivals as important as Jerez or in the Acropolis of Greece. I have also performed with Rocío Molina in different festivals, highlighting the City Center of New York within the program of Flamenco Festival. In solo projects, as a professional, I took the second prize at the Madrid Certamen Coreográfico in 2010 with the piece “Siempre me pasa lo mismo” and with that same piece I did my first show that premiered in the “La otra mirada del flamenco” in Sala Pradillo and took it abroad. It was my first and most special set up. I had the opportunity to choreograph a show along with two Asian girls, entitled “La partida” which premiered in Hong Kong and was performed in Japan.

»With my own company, the last show “Simbiosis”, premiered in Granada in the Veranos del Corral, was performed at the Málaga Festival and with it I travel to the Festival of Alburquerque for its 30th anniversary. In February of this year I made a residence in Albuquerque and I have created a piece for the company Hijastros.

Within my training, el tablao is a super important part and it is very necessary for any artist who engages in flamenco, it is a school that must be passed and where the artist really does as a professional and where he or she forms as an artist. It is a school where you enjoy a lot and for me it is necessary not to stop being there and maybe it is one of the places where I enjoy the most and where I learn most from the colleagues with whom I share».

Lucía Campillo

Lucía Campillo, born in Murcia in 1987, she began her studies at the Professional Dance Conservatory of Murcia, finishing her degree at the Madrid Conservatory of Dance. He has trained with masters such as Jose Antonio Ruiz, Merche Esmeralda, Aida Gómez, Juana Amaya, Aurora Bosch, among others.

In 2006 she entered the Studio Workshop of the National Ballet of Spain under the direction of Jose Antonio Ruiz, participated in the film “Iberia” by Carlos Saura and later began her professional career in the Company of Antonio Gades. In 2010 she joined the National Ballet of Spain under Jose Antonio Ruiz and, later, under the command of Antonio Najarro. Participates in the repertoire shows in the soloist category and tour the main national and international festivals with shows such as “Ritmos”, “Medea“, “La leyenda”, etc.

She has been part of companies such as Maria Pagés, Rojas and Rodríguez and the show “Gala Flamenca” directed by Miguel Ángel Rojas. She has shared the stage with artists such as Antonio Canales, Karime Amaya, Carlos Rodríguez and Jesús Carmona, with whom she played the pas de deux “Trilla A7” and currently collaborates in the shows “7 balcones” and “Ímpetus“.

In 2016, her piece “La imperfecta” obtains the prizes of “best dancer”, “best musical composition” and “best costume design” in the Spanish dance and flamenco contest in Madrid.

She works in the main flamenco tablaos of Spain such as Corral de la Morería, Tablao Cordobés, Tablao Villarosa, Casa Patas and now Las Carboneras, in Madrid. In 2017 she is invited by the Tablao Flamenco Garlochí in Tokyo.

She is required by the University of Albuquerque and schools in Mexico, Boston, Hong Kon, Japan, China, among other places, showing and teaching her versatility in different specialties and with the different elements of Spanish dance and flamenco.

Cristina Aguilera

She was born in Granada in 1992. She began to study flamenco with the teacher Mariquilla, with whom she also performed daily at her flamenco show at Jardines Neptuno. She then began her most extensive training in the world of dance with Maite Galán, obtaining the title of the association of APDE teachers of Spanish dance and flamenco in 2007. She completed her apprenticeship with teachers such as Adrián Sánchez and Óscar Quero, with whom she also works in his company. She finished her Spanish dance and flamenco career at the Carmen Amaya Conservatory in Madrid in 2010. In 2014 she presented her first project entitled “Encrucijada” within the Es.Flamenco cycle, organized by the Diputación of Granada, and she won the first prize of the Competition of Young Flamencos of the IAJ. In 2015 she participates in the Festival of Jerez. In 2016 she participated in the Seville Biennial and obtained the first prize of the V Villa-Rosa Competition in Madrid. In 2017 she participates in Flamenco Viene del Sur with the show “Granada” together with Alba Heredia and presents her solo “Corazón abierto” at Los Veranos del Corral. In addition, she often dances in tablaos of the category of Corral de la Morería, Tablao Villa-Rosa and Las Carboneras in Madrid; Los Gallos and El Arenal of Sevilla and El Cordobés of Barcelona.

 

Daniel Navarro

Daniel Navarro (Córdoba, 1980)

He is a flamenco dancer and choreographer with a degree in Spanish Dance from the Professional Conservatory of Córdoba and with 6 years of classical ballet. Before starting his solo career, he is the first dancer in several dance companies, such as Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales, Cristina Hoyos, Aida Gómez, Los Ulen, Javier Barón, Ballet de Murcia and the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía. Then he collaborates with guitarist Vicente Amigo, pianist Chano Domínguez and cantaor El Pele, among others.

Awarded the first Mario Maya prize in the national flamenco art contest of Córdoba in 2001 and winner of the first prize El Desplante in the International Festival de Cante de las Minas, in La Union (Murcia), in 2005.

Among his most successful collaborations, stand out those of the show “Ambivalencia” by Javier Latorre in 2000; “Rinconete y Cortadillo” in 2002 and the show “En el nombre de la rosa”, where he choreographed his own piece.

He  also starred in the production of the dancer and choreographer Antonio Canales as “Torero” in 2004, “Ojos verdes” in 2003 and, from 2003 to 2005, “La casa de Bernarda

Alba”.

In 2007 he began his collaboration with the guitarist Vicente Amigo, which continues until 2015 performing in the shows “Poeta”, “Un momento en el sonido”, “Paseo de Gracia” and “Tierra”.

His artistic relationship with Chano Domínguez begins in 2007 when the pianist requires him for the Vienna Jazz Festival 2007, where he shares the stage with artists such as Pat Metheny, Concha Buika, Chucho Valdés and many more.

He also develops an individual career performing in European, American and Asian festivals and theaters. He is invited to the Liguita Festival in Liechtenstein in 1999 along with artists such as David Russell, Costas Cotsiolis, Jorge Luis Zamora, among others. Closing the Festival del Circulo Machado in Luxembourg with the shows “3 bailaores” in 2001, “Rinconete y Cortadillo” in 2003 and with his own production “Un ramito de suspiros” in 2009.

A long tour in Japan in 2004 opens the doors of the Asian audience that conquers with the show “Selectos bailaores”.

He acts as first dancer with the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, directed by Cristina Hoyos, toured Cuba in 2007 and is enrolled, along with Cristina Hoyos, in the honor book of the Gran Teatro García Lorca in Havana and receives special mention in the Awards Gran Teatro de La Habana, presided by the Cuban dancer Alicia Alonso.

In 2009 he formed his company, directed and choreographed the show “Cálida hondura”. With original music by Juan Requena, it premieres at the White Night of Flamenco in Córdoba, at the Theater Festival in Palma del Río, and at the La Latina theater in Madrid as part of the “Veranos de la Villa” program. With the collaboration of Javier Latorre and Vicente Amigo.

In 2011 he premiered at the Adriatic Mediterranean Festival of the city of Ancona (Italy) the show “Piano and duende” with choreography and idea of ​​Navarro and music by Chano Dominguez and Juan Requena.

Between 2014 and 2015 he toured different international festivals with his shows “Ramito de suspiros”, “Piano and duende” and “Asómate”, as the Montreal Flamenco Festival, and in the Asian programming of the Gorky Theater of Saint Petersburg and other Russian cities.

“Las Carboneras is a magical place”

 

«I am a bailaor who comes from the classical training, I studied at the Conservatory of Córdoba and I graduated in the medium degree of Spanish dance. At the same time I did six classical courses with Araleo Moyano. Then Javier Latorre opened his studio next to my grandmother’s house and he was the one who gave me the option to start my career with good steps in classical training. I am not self-taught in any aspect, I come from working hours.

»As for my career, I was fortunate to participate in several important shows by Javier Latorre such as “Rinconete y ‘Cortadillo” or “En el nombre de la rosa”or with Antonio Canales in “Torero”. They were very important moments in my career that marked me a lot and I learned a lot, not only from the dance but from everything that surrounds the scene and so on. I would highlight Javier Latorre or Antonio Canales as maestros with whom I trained. And on a musical level, once I started a solo career, there are three people that marked me a lot. Obviously, Vicente Amigo, with whom I spent eight years touring the world and making me enjoy the most wonderful music I’ve ever heard. Another person is Chano Domínguez, who opened the field of jazz and made me see that music is very rich and that fusion, working with other music, would enrich me very much. And so it was because he put me with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Piraña… I do not know, he put me with very good artists in theaters and important festivals and with whom I keep working and going on tour in the United States. And the third person, more on foot, is Juan Requena, guitarist from Málaga who was the one who made me take care of the music and who gave me a vision of the dance that I loved. And I think that from there I put all the knowledge and all the experiences I had in one way. Juan Requena is a person who has also marked my career very much.

»I would like to add that there is a fourth person, Pedro Córdoba, whom I also had as a reference from a young age and at the foot of the field, someone who made me see the dance in a different way. So I would like his name to also appear as a fourth important person in my career.

»What does it mean for me to dance in a tablao? Well for me it was the first test of fire. To leave a conservatory and face a tablao, to the absolute truth, to the bull, was an almost definitive challenge. Or I was fine and I thought I could and had possibilities or directly I would not have followed the path. But I was very lucky, I was in Los Gallos, in Seville, a place where they made me learn at lightning speed with great artists on the side. And nowadays it has become a necessity because we all have our agendas, exits and commitments and those performances are gratifying in serious places, but then in the day to day there is a need to be able to unburden you, at least in my case, all the sensations both good and bad and put into practice something that you can then take to a theater if you have seen that it has worked before in a tablao. And the truth is that the tablao, which is to gather a group of people, that each one comes with its history and in that moment be able to, with the soul, create a climate and make enjoy people that has paid a ticket. And to people that, like us, that we are going to enjoy, but we do not always go on stage with the one hundred percent willingness to believe that everything will turn out well and many times it goes to two hundred percent. And, if I have to highlight something, Las Carboneras is a magical place where that happens often and that’s why I like to be there with you from time to time».