A rare and dynamic art form that encompasses all aspects of the fine arts. Fabulous costuming, impassioned dancing, backed up with the highest caliber musicians, present music both ancient and innovative. All come together to paint a theatrical image, often over-looked, but not easily forgotten.
JULIA ALCÁNTARA - director/performer - flamencologist
Julia Alcántara has been bringing the best of Flamenco music and dance to North Texas since 1998. She’s a native Texan who began studying the art of Flamenco after graduating from High School. After studying for three years with Dallas Flamenco Matriarch Conte De Loyo, she moved to New York to study with Antonio Del Castillo and Raquel Heredia. She finished her education at UNM in Albuquerque, the heart of flamenco in the US, where her curriculum included classes in Flamenco History, choreography, improvisation, singing, and classical Spanish dance with Eva Encinias and Pablo Rodarte. There she was able to perfect her technique and study with some of the greatest dancers in the world including: Eva ‘La Yerba Buena’, Antonio Canales, Juana Amaya, Alejandro Granados, Carmela Greco, Omayra Amaya, Belen Maya, and Florencio Campos among others.
Bailaora: valeria montes
is a 2010 Kresge Fellowship winner
Montes has been described as “mesmerizing” by the Detroit free press and “beauty in motion” by the Metro times. She is known as La Chispa (the Spark) for her passionate and vibrant interpretation of Cante Flamenco (flamenco song) and for her complex rhythmic zapateado.
Born in Mapimi, Dgo. Mexico. Montes began her dance studies at the age of five in her native Mexico studying Ballet, Baile folklorico, gymnastics, and at age 20 she moved to Michigan, USA where she started dancing Spanish classical dance with local instructor, Maria Del Carmen Montes. Eventually moving to Spain to get immersed in the world of flamenco; she was very fortunate to study with legendary families and artists of flamenco: Farruco family, Carmen Ledesma, Concha Vargas. She has also studied Cante Flamenco with Esperanza Fernandez, which she feels is vital for dancers to do to understand the art form in a more profound way.
In 2010 Montes won the prestigious Kresge artist fellowship for Performing Arts. She is co-founder of COMPAS “center of music and performing arts Southwest” where she continues to teach workshops for the community in Michigan. Valeria is the executive and Artistic Director and a full-time instructor at Casa Flamenca in Albuquerque, NM
adrian cabeza- Singer/guitarist
Flamenco singer Adrián Cabeza was born and raised in the city of San Fernando, situated on a small peninsula that extends into the Bay of Cadiz in southern Spain. It is a city that has long been recognized as the home of many celebrated flamenco artists.
At the age of 9 Cabeza became enchanted with the sounds and rhythms of flamenco and spent his youth singing flamenco at local fiestas and festivals and for classes in various flamenco dance academies. As he grew older, he began to sing for flamenco peñas and in flamenco singing competitions, garnering a reputation for the purity and authenticity of his singing.
As Cabeza become known in the wider world of professional flamenco, he embarked on a a performing career in the flamenco cabarets of Cadiz and southern Spain. He appeared onstage as a “cantaor” for various flamenco dance companies, and with such notable flamenco performers as “Nolasco.” In 2015, he recorded the highly acclaimed CD “Mil Razones.”
juani de la isla - Guitarist
is a highly respected flamenco guitarist, from the island of San Fernando near the port city of Cádiz, in southern Spain. He began his musical education studying with the great flamenco singer Rafael Romero and has been a student of the celebrated flamencoguitarist Manolo Sanlúcar. Juani de la Isla has also been trained in the gypsy flamenco style of “Morón” – a small pueblo in the heart of Andalucia’s flamenco country.
During his illustrious career, he has accompanied some of the finest flamenco artists of this century: singers Jose Mercé, Chato de la Isla, Juan Villar, Rancapino, Pansequito and Aguilar de Vejer; and dancers Javier Barón, Sara Baras and Manuela Carrasco. He has composed music for the flamenco dance company of Cristina Hoyos and for over a decade has been the musical director for the popular flamenco singer “El Barrio.”
Juani de la Isla’s recording career includes participation on more than 100 albums with some of Spain’s finest flamenco artists: among them Jose Mercé, Joaquin Sabína, Paco Ortega, El Barrio and David de María. In 2015, he released his first solo CD “Libertad En Mis Manos.” As a performer and teacher Juani de la Isla has toured internationally.
AFTER PARTY ENTERTAINMENT BY : CASTA BRAVA
PEDRO LATOUFF -
Is a brazen young talent born in Bolivar, Venezuela in 1997. He is part of the new generation of guitarists learning to play from watching videos on YouTube and in the streets with his friends. He enjoys playing popular music and is learning flamenco. He has been working under the tutelage of Carlos Garcia for the last three years. Music is his passion and inspires him in life.
CARLOS GARCIA -
was born in Sevilla, Spain. He began singing in the Cathedral as a teenager he began playing the guitar and mandolin. He played a lot in the streets and got know know Jose Reyes and Manitos de Plata the fathers of the Gypsy Kings. He later moved to Barcelonas, where he graduated with a degree in Fashion Design, specializing in fine furs. He continued to play music all his life and in 1978 moved to the United States. He also spent time in Caracas, Venezuela in the 1990's where flamenco is very popular and the Macarena
EL ABEJORRO - CAJON & STAGE MANAGER
(Carlos) El Abejorro is an integral part of the Ida y Vuelta team. He is not only a versatile musician, dabbling in electric and acoustic guitar, bass and African percussion, but he is our sound tech and stage manager at show time. In between set up and tear down, he sits in as our cajon player, carefully following both dancers and musicians through dozens of calls, breaks, crescendos, the complicated 12 count rhythms and multiple time signatures that make up the endless diversity of the Flamenco Musical Genre.
A cajón (Spanish pronunciation: [kaˈxon] ka-hon, "box", "crate" or "drawer") is nominally a six sided, box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru, played by slapping the front or rear faces (generally thin plywood) with the hands, fingers, or sometimes various implements such as brushes, mallets, or sticks. Cajones are primarily played in Afro-Peruvian music, as well as contemporary styles of flamenco and jazz among other genres. The term cajón is also applied to other unrelated box drums used in Latin American music such as the cajón de rumba used in Cuban rumba, and the cajón de tapeo used in Mexican folk music