Lucía Ruibal

She began classical dance studies at the age of four in a school in her hometown, El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz). Later on she joined the professional dance conservatory of Cádiz where she completed her intermediate studies in classical and contemporary dance. When she was 17, she began to study flamenco with Natalia Acosta. Soon she was trained with fundamental teachers in her career such as La Lupi and Mercedes Ruiz. At the same time she finishes her higher studies of flamenco dance at the Superior Dance Conservatory of Málaga in the specialty of choreography. She expands her training with teachers such as Yolanda Heredia, Alfonso Losa, Belén López and David Paniagua, among others.

She has been part of companies such as Mercedes Ruiz in the shows “Juncá” and “Tauromagia”; in Juan de Juan’s with “Los sones negros”; the company of Carlos Saura, with “Flamenco hoy”, or that of Rafael Amargo, with “Dionisio. La vid… y mil noches.” She also acts with her family in the show “Casa Ruibal”.

She currently works in different tablaos in Madrid, including Las Carboneras. In 2016 she won the first prize of the IV Villarosa tablao competition.

Patricia Domínguez

She began her education in 2011 with 12 years at the Escuela de Flamenco Paca García, where she studied all the disciplines of dance and with greater emphasis on flamenco, also following master classes with artists such as Antonio Canales, Eva Yerbabuena, Farruquito and others.

She started her professional career in 2016, aged 17, at the Palau Dalmases in Barcelona and, to this day, she is regularly performing at Tarantos and City Hall Theater with artists such as Pedro Córdoba, Iván Alcalá, La Tana, La Fabi, Raúl Ortega, El Perla and others. She combines performances in venues such as the Poliorama Theater and the Palau de la Música with the show Gran gala Chicuelo.

She also has the privilege, since the beginning of 2018, of being a flamenco dancer at the Puro Arte tablao in Jerez, courtesy of Raúl Ortega, where she takes the opportunity to continue training with Manuela Carpio.

In 2018 he won the first prize in the concurso de baile flamenco del tablao Las Carboneras of Madrid.

Patricia Domínguez:

«For me the tablao means to undress  yourself»

 

«From my artistic training, I would highlight that there are two people that I always remember, even if I am already working or wherever I go. I always remember their advice and they are two teachers that I had, named Eva Santiago and Susana Escoda, besides teaching me the essentials, the basic pillars of flamenco. In addition to that, the artistic training I had at the school of Paca García. Paca, who was the director, was a woman who educated with Spanish proverbs, everything she said and advised me I have got it in the sense through the Spanish proverb while I work, coinciding with people and living with others. It’s something that I find curious.

»As far as the professional thing I would emphasize that, with 17 years, Iván Alcalá, that is a dancer of Barcelona, ​​gave me the opportunity to begin. If he had not seen something in me at school and given me the opportunity, I do not know what would have happened to me, I do not know when I would have started dancing. I started in El Principal with him and, as a result of that, everything has been very nice and very neat, really. Another very important thing that marked me before and after in the professional side is when, thanks to Iván, I meet at the tablao City Hall in Barcelona with Raúl Ortega, a dancer from Madrid who lives in Jerez and has his own tablao, and when he saw me dance he gave me the opportunity to go to Jerez. I had a crazy desire to visit that land, that cradle of flamenco where I learned many things about flamenco that I did not know. Above all, everyday things about flamenco, what it was like to live with flamenco, that in Barcelona I had not had the opportunity to experience it every day since I got up until I went to sleep. That’s something that, since I met him, I go annually, I have my own musician friends there and Jerez is already part of my life.

»And what does it mean to dance in a tablao for me? For me the tablao means to undress, to be on top of the tablao is to undress, to be transparent, there is no trap or cardboard, as you feel that day with your experiences, with what you have, you are that person that day and what happens that day is never repeated again. In a show we have lights, we have large stages, choreographies, all that covers many of the things that we can carry inside. And in the tablao, on the other hand, it is the opposite. In addition to the direct one-on-one in moments of seconds with the guitarist or with the cantaor, the improvisation, which is lived in the tablao daily, is part of the tablao. For me it’s the beauty of flamenco. And to meet people. The beautiful thing about tablao is that, wherever you go to dance, you always meet new people, new people sing to you, new people play to you. All these are new sensations to learn and to share. And sharing in a tablao is something wonderful. In fact it’s what I’ve been doing since I was 17 and I’m not myself without it»

 

Paula Comitre

Born in Sevilla in 1994, she began her dance studies at the age of three and at the age of 8 she entered the Antonio Ruiz Soler professional dance conservatory in Seville. In 2012 she obtained the title in the specialty of Flamenco Dance. In that same year she joined the Andalusian Dance Center (CAD).

In 2013 she began to be part of the dance corps of the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía for three years, under the direction of Rafaela Carrasco, with whom she made national and international tours with the shows “En la memoria del cante“, “Imágenes” (work awarded with El Giraldillo for the best show by the XVIII Flamenco Biennial of Seville) and “Tierra-Lorca Cancionero Popular” (which receives the Giraldillo for the best body of dance for the XVIX Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla).

In May 2015, she received the second prize of the XVI Andalusian Young Flamenco Contest organized by the Provincial Federation of Seville of Flamenco Entities.

It is the following year when she receives the second prize and the mention of the public prize in the V Flamenco Dance Contest of Tablao Villarosa.

She has worked in different tablaos such as Casa Patas and Corral de la Pacheca until in 2017 she joined the Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos of Sevilla.

In 2018 she won the second prize in the flamenco dance contest at Tablao Las Carboneras in Madrid.

She is currently part of the David Coria Company that perform the show “El encuentro” and the company of Rafaela Carrasco where she performs the show “Nacida sombra“.

Yerai Cortés

Yerai Cortés was born in Alicantinas, grows up in a humble family that lives flamenco in a homemade way. With the support of his mother and the teaching of his father who put the music in his hands, he has been able to play worldwide in important theaters and share the stage with artists such as Rancapino, Farruquito, Richard Bona, El Guadiana, Jorge Pardo, Pitingo , among others.

 

Interview Yerai Cortés

“For me tablao means a game, a jam session”

 

«I was born and raised in Alicante although my family is from Andalusia and I started playing because my father plays the guitar and he was the one who taught me. I started playing the cajón to accompany him and he would take me to the stage when I was a little boy at the end of the fiesta of the tablaos where he works in Alicante. I was asleep and I woke up for the end of the party and went up to touch the drawer. Until I started playing the guitar with ten or eleven years old. The truth is that I caught it late, but that was the moment. From there I took the guitar and started studying it with my father and in a self-taught way. Well, before I met Norman [Contreras] in some classes of drawer to which my mother inscribed me in a social center. The teacher was Norman, who is now my godfather. We took a lot of trust and connection and I took him to the house. Finally my father, my mother and he became compadres. Moreover, he baptized me, he is my real godfather of baptism. After that, my father puts the guitar in my hands. My godfather opened a tablao and that was the first place where I started playing the guitar. My father was my influence on the guitar itself, but my godfather was my influence at the dance. He is the one that made me so fond of dancing until today.

»From then on I started working professionally at the tablao when I was 14, when I started to run the house. Until I arrived in Madrid and left the flamenco guitar to work in a bar in the Plaza Mayor cutting lemons and carrying a mini-program of weekend concerts for which I called to play the four that I knew. It was a pop concept, more songy or modern, so to speak. I spent some time working with Sandra Carrasco, whom I met at that time because she was a friend of Tania, my girl. I came to Madrid for my girl, for love. Sandra gave me the opportunity to work in Madrid with her and we also toured with Richard Bona. As a result of that I went sometimes to the Tablao de Las Carboneras because Tacha is from there, from Elche, and I knew her because she had once been to my godfather’s tablao because they knew each other. I went to see her a couple of times at the tablao Las Carboneras and I left drunk from there, she always reminds me of it. She laughed a lot because I had a great time and I loved it. I was very excited to work there, until one day she gave me the opportunity to work in the tablao. It was the first tablao in which I began to work in Madrid. After that, the truth is that everything went super fluid because they started calling me from a tablao, from another, then the dancers themselves who did their solo projects … In short, very well, the truth is that very happy.

»One of the jobs that I highlight most in my career is being able to work with Richard Bona, who is a heavyweight and a huge musician that I admire very much. And now I’m working with Farruquito, who I’ve known practically since I’ve had use of reason, although not personally but artistically. I have learned a lot from him and today I work with him and for me it is a dream. Thanks, Madrid.

»For me tablao means a game, a jam session, it is to have the freedom to be able to play what you feel like in the moment and to be able to share with colleagues. Definetely, is a game, I would summarize it in that. A game that is also a training that keeps you always in shape, intuition develops and is even a way to find yourself because you are trying new things or you are putting yourself to the test with what dancer or singer. As everyone sings and dances in their own way and they are all very personal, you put yourself to the test to follow them and understand them at the last moment. In short, is a game. It’s a Play Station, I do not know how to explain it ».

 

Triana Maciel

She started her studies in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico), at Las Cabales school. At age 16 she won the first prize in the choreography contest of the Iberian Contemporary Festival and began her career in Spain in some of the most prestigious tablaos in Madrid, such as Casa Patas, Las Carboneras and Corral de la Morería, in Barcelona tablaos as Los Tarantos and Casa Camarón and in Granada in La Casa de la Memoria, El Rincón de los Olvidados and Jardines de Zoraya.

Winner of the prize of the tablao contest of Villa Rosa and the second prize of Las Carboneras.

She is part of the billboard of the Tío Luis de la Juliana Festival together with great artists such as Trini de la Isla and Gabriel de la Tomasa. She participates in different projects of great artists such as “Antojo” by Antonio Canales and Mónica Fernández; Flamenco Festival Panama, with Farruquito, and elaborates her own projects as “Huellas Flamencas” with the Las Cabales dance school in Mexico, collaborating with great artists such as Jesús Carmona, Nino de los Reyes or Lucía Campillo. In the last year she has been part of the flamenco group of bailaor Pedro Córdoba at the prestigious Garlochi tablao in Tokyo (Japan).

Carmen Young

Flamenco dancer from the city of Aguascalientes, Mexico. She started her dance studies at the Academia Flamenco Vive in Aguascalientes and since then she has continued taking classes and courses and participating in festivals and other presentations as a guest artist. From the age of eight she started taking courses with Cristóbal Reyes, with whom she studied during her stay in Madrid in 2001. From 2012 she has continued her studies in Madrid and Seville, being her main teachers Antonio and Manuel Reyes, Javier Barón, Luisa Palicio and Milagros Mengíbar; She has also taken courses with Juana Amaya, Choro Molina, Mercedes de Córdoba and Lucía “La Piñona”.

At the age of 18, she was a repeater of maestro Cristóbal Reyes on his 2011 tours and 2012 and in courses in different states of Mexico. She was the winner of the scholarship for Study Abroad awarded by the Cultural Institute of Aguascalientes through the State Fund for Culture and the Arts, FECA 2012-2013.

She was part of María Juncal’s company Bailamos Flamenco as main dancer performing at the theater in Mexico City. She has been presented in various theaters, halls, tablaos, cycles and distinguished flamenco festivals both in Mexico and in Madrid and Bilbao where she participated in the Cycle “Flamencos y Mestizos” solo and with Antonio Molina “El Choro”, directed by Paco Ortega, and in Jerez where she was soloist at the XX Festival de Jerez with the show “Eclosión” of the Cristina Heeren Foundation and as a dancer and substitute in “Flamenconautas”, directed by Javier Latorre at the XXII Festival de Jerez.

She currently resides in Seville where she works in the tablao Casa de la Memoria and El Arenal and also as a repeater and monitor at the Cristina Heeren Foundation.

In 2018 she is a finalist for the V Tablao Las Carboneras Dance Competition, in Madrid.

Miguel El Rubio

He has grown up surrounded by flamenco art, touring from his childhood places directed by important artists such as Manolo Caracol and la Niña de los Peines

His debut as a flamenco dancer was at age 5 in the show “Los gnomos del flamenco”, directed by Antonio Fernández Montoya, Farruco Junior.

At the age of 8 he participated in the show “Triana pura” – Bienal de Flamenco – Sevilla Spain.

He has traveled throughout the Spanish geography participating in many shows, acting with the Fernández Family, Ricardo Miño, Rocío Molina, Remedios Amaya, Pastora Galván, La Argentina, El Pele, among others.

2005- Leading role in the show “Flamenco de raza” with the cantaor Curro Fernández in Clôitre Nazaire de Bézièrs (France and Switzerland).

2007-2008-Spectacle “Diquela” of “El Oruco” (Antwerp-Belgium)

2008- XV Bienal de Flamenco with the shows “+ Jóvenes + Flamenco” and “Peñas de guardia”, obtaining the Young Flamenco Prize (Teatro Alameda of Sevilla).

2010- Show “Danzaora” with bailaora Rocío Molina (Cuevas de Nerja-Málaga)

2010- Show “Vinatica” with bailaora Rocío Molina (France-Cádiz)

2011- Festival of Cante Grande by Casabermeja accompanying bailaora Carmen Ledesma and singer Manuel Moreno Maya “El Pele” (Málaga)

2011- “Yagori” at Gypsy Music Festival (Oslo, Noriega)

2011- Festival Mont de Marsan with “Danzaora” by bailaora Rocío Molina (France).

2011- Andalusí Music Festival with cantaora Esperanza Fernández (Casablanca-Morocco).

2011- Casa Patas with the dancer “El Oruco” and the cantaor Juan José Amador Jr. (Madrid).

2012- Flamenco Biennial, with “Triana plays, sings, dances” with Paco Taranto, Carmelilla Montoya, Remedios Amaya, Juan José Amador (Seville).

2013-Show with dancer Pastora Galván (Fuerteventura).

2014- International Womad Festival with the singer La Argentina (Fuerteventura).

2015-International Flamenco Festival, “Homage to Paco de Lucía” (Japan).

2016- Tour of China with the singer La Argentina.

Tablaos:

Madrid: Casa Patas, Corral de la Morería, Villarosa, Las Carboneras, Madrid Flamenco Theater.

Seville: Los Gallos, Flamenquería.

Barcelona: The Cordobés.

Granada: Gardens of Zoraya.

Huelva: Felahmengu.

Valencia: El Duende.

María Reyes

Born in Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz) in 1991. She starts dancing at four years of age with her teacher María Jesús Rosso. She started at the Professional Conservatory of Dance of Cádiz, finishing her flamenco studies with the prize for the best academic record in that specialty at the Andalusian region, while studying in depth with her teacher Miguel Ángel Heredia in Jerez.

In 2011 she joined the Spanish Dance and Flamenco Company Azalea, with the maestros Mercedes Márquez and Javier Marín, touring stages in the Cádiz area, Seville, Huelva and Portugal, or the company of the pianist Manolo Carrasco sharing the stage with artists like María José Franco and Miguel Ángel Corbacho in the show “Vive la Pepa, 1812”. She then began her solo career at the tablao Taberna Flamenca in Jerez.

In 2012, she was selected by the province of Cádiz to participate in the Desencaja Jóvenes Flamencos contest, forming part as a bailaora in the Provincial Circuit of Peñas de Andalucía.

In 2014 she obtains the third prize of dance in the National Contest of Ubrique.

In 2016 she came to Madrid to continue training at the María de Ávila Superior Dance Conservatory, while studying with teachers such as Marco Flores, Pastora Galván, Belén López, Guadalupe Torres, Claudia Cruz, Nino de los Reyes and Pedro Córdoba.

In 2017 she is part of the piece “La rosa de Gerineldo” by Guadalupe Torres, who won the first prize in choreography at the Spanish Dance and Flamenco Contest in Madrid, and is a semifinalist in the Tablao Villa Rosa dance contest.

She currently combines her studies with her solo career in different tablaos in Madrid, including Las Carboneras.

Inmaculada Aranda

(Cordoba, 1983). Achieves medium professional degree title of Spanish Dance at the Conservatory Luis del Río of Córdoba, studying with teachers like Maica Moyano, Inmaculada Calvo, Maria del Carmen del Río, Maria del Carmen Jiménez, Estrella Muñiz, Maria Fernanda Alvarez, and Inmaculada Aguilar. She studied flamenco in Córdoba private schools as in Maria “La Chata”s, 1991-2003. She studies flamenco with dancer and teacher Merche Esmeralda. Bachelor of Pedagogy of Spanish Dance, with teachers like Merche Esmeralda, Elvira Andrés, Rosa Ruiz, Juanjo Linares. Workshops conducted with “El Mimbre”, 1998; Fernando Romero, 2001; Inmaculada Aguilar, 98-99; Paco Mora, 2002; Eva Yerbabuena, 2003; Edu Lozano, 2003; Antonio Márquez, within his own company, 2003; Pepa Montes, 2007; Carlos Chamorro and Alfonso Losa, 2008.

Performance at the commemorative festival of Andalusia in Toulouse, 1998. Participation as a dancer in the charity Alzheimer’s festival, Córdoba.

A soloist since 2000: flamenco festivals around the country sharing the stage with “El Cabrero”, “La Macanita”, Arcángel, “El Pele”, Manolo Franco, Capullo de Jerez, Calixto Sánchez, Jerónimo Maya, José Menese, Miguel Ortega, Tina Pavón, Chano Lobato, Terremoto hijo, Chocolate, among others.

Participation as a dancer in operas and operettas as “Carmen,” “La Traviata,” “La verbena de la Paloma”, Córdoba, 2002.

Performance with the show “Arabian Nights”, Teatro La Latina Madrid, next to Miguel Toleo, in November 2003.

Acting as a dancer in the opera “Carmen” at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul (South Korea), 2004.

Japan tour with the company Domingo Ortega, 2004. She later works in this company participating in the show “Orfeo”.

International Gala released in Morocco in November 2005.

Show at Festival Gorbiu, France, as a soloist in August 2007.

Participation as a soloist in the show “El emigrante” by Manuel Gutiérrez in the flamenco festival in Nimes (France), 2008.

Three-month contract with the company from Paris “Flamenco Flamenk’a” at the Lyric Theatre in London, 2008.

Six-month contract in the tablao “El Flamenco” in Tokyo (Japan) dancing and lecturing (2009).

Part of the show “Moralejas” by José Porcel in 2010.

Third national prize in alegrías in La Perla de Cádiz, 2010.

Semifinalist of the International Festival of Cante de Las Minas, La Unión, 2010.

Award as a finalist for the National Flamenco Art of Córdoba, 2010.

Tour of two and half months by the US as first dancer in the company José Porcel.

Premiere with the company Pepe Flores show “Mi verdad” in Teatro La Latina, Madrid, 2012.

She collaborates as a dancer in the show David Paniagua “Mi alma” in the Netherlands, 2012.

Suma Flamenca Prize in the Contest of Choreography of Spanish and Flamenco Dance in Madrid, 2012.

Collaboration as a soloist in the show “Sinergia” by Manuel Liñán in Atlanta (Georgia, USA), 2013.

Collaboration as a soloist in the show “Depende del momento” by David Paniagua, 2013.

Soloist in the company of José Porcel with the shows “Con la que está cayendo” and “Arte”, 2013.

From 2004 to now she works in tablaos of Madrid as the Corral de la Pacheca, Casa Patas, Las Carboneras, Villarrosa, Corral de la Moreria.

Since early 2013 she teaches at the School of Amor de Dios of Madrid.

Since 2014, she works in the company of Manuel Liñán with the show “Nómada”. She has performed at various events such as the Festival de Jerez, the Bienal of Sevilla, Madrid en Dance, Flamenco Festival London, Flamenco Festival New York and Miami.

Manuel Reyes

Born in Córdoba in a gypsy family in 1974, although since childhood he has resided in Madrid, where he began his training as a dance professional. At an early age, he entered the flamenco academy Amor de Dios, to later also begin his studies of classical dance in the school of the National Ballet of Spain.

With only seven years of age makes his professional debut in the National Dance Company collaborating in the assemblies “Medea” and “Los Tarantos.” This period offers him the great opportunity to nurture himself from the beginning of the experience and discipline of great dancers and choreographers of Spanish dance.

It could be said that since his youth he has built his own formulas to understand and express dance, thus becoming a self-taught artist.

He has collaborated in various artistic productions of different dance companies such as: “Pasión gitana” by the company of Joaquín Cortés; “Torero” of the Antonio Canales company; “Sinfonía española”, of the Merche Esmeralda company; “Jugando con Bach” and “Hamlet”, from the company of José Granero, etc. With his own company he has traveled through a large part of the world performing various shows in which the common denominator is always flamenco and in which he has also been composer of music and lyrics: “Manuel Reyes en vivo”, “Colores”, etc.

In his already extensive career, he has collaborated with various figures of the scene such as Concha Velasco, Blanca del Rey, Merche Esmeralda, Antonio Reyes, Belén Maya and has performed in important theaters such as the Liceo de Barcelona, ​​the Teatro de la Zarzuela or the Albéniz Theater in Madrid, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the New Victory in New York, the Lope de Vega Theater in Seville and the Villa Marta Theater in Jerez, among others.

In 1994 he was awarded, along with his brother Antonio Reyes, with the first prize of choreography awarded by the General Society of Authors in the contest of choreography of Spanish and flamenco dance of Madrid for “Sueños de la fragua”. Later, in a new edition of the aforementioned contest in June 2007, he received the award for a solo choreography “De aquí, de allí, de ayer, de hoy”.

His latest works have been “Ensayos y acuerdos”, an incursion into the world of dance-theater where the theme of social stereotypes and “Tan solo”, in which he tries to give notoriety to the beauty and expressive force it contains. flamenco, devoid of external adornments.

Among other scenarios, he regularly performs at Tablao Las Carboneras, in Madrid.