Instructor La Romera is an award winning, internationally recognized dancer with over 30 years experience performing and teaching in Spain and North America. Considered by the Spanish maestros as being one of the most authentic flamenco dancers in the US, La Romera's students can be assured of receiving the highest quality training. La Romera's uncanny ability to use her technical skills, teaching expertise and sense of humor to support your learning experience will leave you energized and amazed at your own accomplishment
La Romera is a veteran flamenco dancer and instructor based in Cleveland, with over 30 years experience performing and teaching in Spain and North America. Her company, ¡Duende! Flamenco has performed to standing ovations throughout the United States.
As a young dancer, La Romera’s passion for learning to dance the authentic Andalusian Gypsy style flamenco led her to Spain where she spent nine years studying & performing.
Her teachers include “El Farruco”, the greatest Gypsy flamenco dancer of the 20th century and Concha Vargas a present day living legend. Other important teachers include Ciro, Manolo Marín, José Galván and Maria Magdalena.
La Romera made her professional debut in Sevilla in 1971, appearing as a featured soloist in “tablaos” (flamenco dinner clubs) in Spain’s major cities and teaching at the Amor de Dios Studio in Madrid.
While living in Seattle Washington for 14 years, La Romera became a well-known promoter of the art of flamenco throughout the Northwest. She produced monthly flamenco events and sponsored guest artists and flamenco teachers to enrich the Northwest flamenco community. She also conducted workshops and lecture demonstrations, served as an artist in residence in Washington State public schools and participated in the King County Arts Touring Program.
A native Californian, she returned to her home state in 1993 and continued her work and passion for flamenco as artist-in-residence with the Cultural Council for Monterey County’s Professional Artists-in-the-Schools Program and on the roster of the California Arts Council Touring Artist Program.
In 1997, she was choreographer and dance soloist with the Monterey Opera Association’s production of “Carmen.” She also remained active as an artist in residence from 1993 to 2006 in Monterey, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, receiving a 2003 Calabash Award for Excellence in the Ethnic Arts. From 1997 to 2006 she produced “Fiesta Flamenca,” a monthly show at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, California where she invited leading flamenco guest artists from Spain and the Bay Area to share the stage.
La Romera moved to Cleveland, Ohio in May 2006. She presently is on faculty at the Cleveland School of Dance where she teaches children and adults. She continues to perform and conducts lecture demonstrations, workshops and artistic residencies in schools and universities in the greater Cleveland area and beyond.
With a prolific and successful flamenco-dancing career spanning more than three decades, La Romera takes great joy in mentoring aspiring flamenco artists and sharing her skills and knowledge of the exciting multi-facets of Flamenco dance, music, and poetry along with appreciation for the Spanish language and culture.
“Gypsy taught dancer, La Romera is the most passionate dancer around Seattle!”
“The flamenco stage vibrates with emotion when the unequaled dancer known as La Romera does her heelwork.
“ La Romera la mujer más flamenca”
“La Romera carefully blends her passion for Flamenco with a practical approach to teaching the art form. This allows even the most novice dancer to enjoy the rich history of this complex dance that she (La Romera) has mastered.”
“Dear Marcia, Thank you for making me feel so welcome last night. It was really nice to see you and your students dancing. I can tell that you are an artist of distinction. Best wishes for a wonderful, dancing, future.”
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