OUR TEACHERS

Within the team of our teachers are both dancers who have dedicated their lives to flamenco, including great figures of current flamenco dance, graduates in dance studies, as well as professional dancers of other disciplines: classical ballet, contemporary dance, danza española and oriental dances.

 

All of them share their extensive pedagogical and choreographic experience to transmit to students their knowledge and passion for dancing, building their classes based on two fundamental pillars of learning that are: technique (body placement, hand and arm work, foot technique, turns, coordination), and choreography (variations of steps, development of expressiveness, knowledge of the structure of a dance).

juan de los reyes

Flamenco

Flamenco dancer, choreographer and teacher. He was born in Huelva in 1985. He learned the basics of flamenco from his father “El Choro” and expanded his training with Manolo Marín and Javier Cruz, until in 1999 he won the 2nd Young Flamenco Dance Contest of Huelva convened by the Cristina Heeren Foundation, thus settling in Seville to continue his studies at this school with teachers such as Javier Latorre, Javier Barón, Israel Galván, and Rafael Campallo among others.In 2002, he was part of the company of Israel Galván in the show "Galvánica". In 2003, he participated in the tour of the show "Rafael Campallo y Los Jovenes Flamencos" organized by the Cristina Heeren Foundation. In 2004, he performed at the Festival de Jerez in the show of Adela and Rafael Campallo. That same year, he joined the Eva la Yerbabuena Company, with the show "Eva". In 2005, he performed as a soloist dancer in the series of concerts organized by the Flamenco Peñas of Huelva and Seville and, in 2006, he participated in the Seville Flamenco Biennial as one of the "Young Promises". He also participated in the show "Juncal" by the Mercedes Ruiz company.During 2006/07, he formed his first company. In 2007, he joined the show "Kahlo, Kaló" by Amador Rojas, with choreography by Rafael Estévez. He participade in the Javier Barón “Dos voces para un baile” show. He returned to perform at the Seville Biennial, this time being part of the Company "Jóvenes Valores del Flamenco" with the work "Tiempos pasados". In 2008, he premiered the show ‘Leoleolé’ at the Festival de Jerez, together with the dancer Leonor Leal. In 2009, he joined the Manuela Carrasco Company performing in the show "Suspiro Flamenco". At the Mont de Marsan Festival, together with Rafael Campallo, he premieres the show “Puente de Triana” and ends the year participating in the Larachi Flamenca Festival held in Paris with the dancer María Moreno. In 2010, he made a special collaboration with the pianist Pedro Ricardo Miño and continued to be part of the Javier Barón Company, with whom he premieres ‘Vaivenes’ at the XVI Flamenco Biennial of Seville. In 2011, he performed at the emblematic tablao Casa Patas in Madrid together with the dancers María Moreno and Jesús Carmona as well as in El Cordobés de Barcelona. In 2011, he continued with the tours of “Suspiros Flamencos” and “Vaivenes”, teached courses at the Mont de Marsan Festival and closed the XVIII Festival of Flamenco Art of Monterrey (Mexico) with his show “Solera 85”. In 2012, he performed with the company of Manuela Carrasco on tour in the United States and England. In 2013, he returned to perform at the Festival de Jerez in the “Jóvenes y Maestros” cycle, and presented a new show by the Cristina Heeren Foundation with the dancers Luisa Palicio and Alberto Selles, “Entre Dos Orillas”. In 2014, he worked with the guitarist Niño de Pura illustrating his recitals and was a guest artist in Juana Amaya's show “Morón Baila”. In 2015, he joined Vicente Amigo's group, on an international tour with his album 'Tierra'. At the Festival de Jerez 2016, he made his debut show 'Aviso: bayles de jitanos' under the direction of Rafael Estévez, for which he won the Revelation Award.

diaa homsy

Flamenco / Dabke

Flamenco dancer, choreographer and teacher of Syrian origin. He trained professionally as a ballet, modern and contemporary dancer. During the years 2004-2007, he was part of the National Dance Company in Syria presenting Arabic dance and folklore. Then, he entered the Caracalla Dance Theater (Lebanon), the most famous company in the Arab world, with which he toured in several countries of the world such as the United Arab Emirates, China, France, England and the USA, among others. He acted as the first dancer in the shows Two Thousand and One Nights, The Villager’s Opera, Knights of the Moon and Zayed and the Dream. His flamenco path began in 2010 in Madrid. Then, he moved to Seville and started his studies at the Cristina Heeren Foundation of Flamenco Art where he learned from Antonio Molina 'El Choro', Milagros Mengibar and Javier Barón, among other maestros. In addition, he broadened his knowledge with teachers such as Rafael Campallo, Andrés Peña and Farruquito. He regularly tours Poland and Sweden acting and teaching courses and master classes. In 2015, he participated in the festival at the Opera House in Yerevan, Armenia. During the years 2015-2016, he was a class monitor and assistant teacher at the Cristina Heeren Foundation. Currently, he collaborated with Marco de Ana on several projects such as Oratorio and Farruca del Extrarradio. In 2017, he premiered his own show Geophobia.

eliza miscior 'La Morá'

Flamenco / Sevillanas / Flamenco for kids

Flamenco dancer, choreographer and teacher of Polish origin. During the years 2011-2014, she studied at the Cristina Heeren Foundation of Flamenco Art in Seville with great masters such as Milagros Mengíbar, Javier Barón and Luisa Palicio. Then, she deepened hes knowledge of flamenco and danza española with other renowned artists such as Úrsula and Tamara López, Ruben Olmo, Mariano Bernal, and Andrés Peña, among others. She also studied classical ballet, flamenco danza española, and the bolero school during several courses at the Centro Andaluz de Danza. She participated in a variaty of artistic projects, including numerous dance workshops in flamenco schools and tours in Poland (concerts, festivals, tablaos, national radio and television performances), Spain (tablaos), Armenia (festival at the National Opera in Yerevan) and Sweden (collaboration with art galleries, concerts, and shows). She was the co-author and dancer of the shows: El Armario (2013), Sovitus. The Reconciliation (2014) and Tablao Chopin (2015). She danced in the Wroclaw Opera show entitled A Night with Carmen - Zarzuela (2016).

raquel lópez lobato

Ballet / Contemporary Dance

Ponferrada (1981). She has a Diploma in Teaching (Special Education). In 1988 she began her training in classical ballet and danza española in Barcelona, ​​obtaining an intermediate degree in ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance. In 2002 she began her training in contemporary dance at the León Choreographic Center and later at the Alicante Dance Conservatory and since 2005 in Seville with various professionals, Norio Yoshida, Anael Martin, Isabel Vázquez, Manuela Nogales, Carmen Werner, María Rovira, Guido Tuveri, Fernando Hurtado, Jordi Cortés, among others.

 

Professionally, she has worked as a dancer and interpreter in several companies: Cía Els Visitants (2004), Sevilla Corporativa de Danza (2005-2006), Cía La Cuadra (2007-2013), Varuma Teatro (2009), Colectivo La Casquería (2012-2019, 3rd prize at the Burgos-New York Contest and prize for best original music of “El Último Verano” by the PAD), Cía La Bella Aorta (2013-2015), B612 Vertical Dance (2014-2019, 2nd prize at the Burgos-Nueva Contest York and award for the best street show by the PAD Association), Cía. Manuela Nogales (2015 and 2017), Cía. La Pública (2017), Gravita Danza (2017-2019), while creating own shows and performances: “Contrast” (2004, Arco de la Cárcel, León), “La Esperanza” (2008, CAS and FEST), “From A to B, or how to get out of the loop” (2011-2016, capsule competition finalist at the Seville International Theater and Performing Arts Festival).

 

She combines creation with teaching since 2006, teaching classes and introductory courses to dance, classical ballet (Sala Endanza, Center for Performing Arts, Viento Sur Theater, El Callejón de las Artes, Colegio Valdés Leal) and contemporary dance (Corral de Luna, La Pájara Cultural Space, Artia School).

marco de ana

Flamenco

Flamenco dancer, choreographer and teacher. His professional training began at the Academy of José Galván and at the Mario Maya Studio during the years 1986-1992. Between 1992 and 1998 he was a student in various dance courses (flamenco, clásico español, jota and the bolera school) at the Conservatory of Dance of Seville. At the same time, he studied classical ballet at the Susana Rodríguez Academy for 6 years following the formation of the Royal School of Ballet in London. From 1994 to 1998 he was an assistant teacher at courses taught by José Galván at the academy of the same name in the city of Seville. Between 2000 and 2002 he was a flamenco teacher at the "Carmen de las Cuevas" school in Granada. In addition, during the years 2003 and 2009, he was teaching regular classes and intensive courses in flamenco schools in Tokyo, Istanbul, Seoul, New York, Vienna, Bratislava, Olomouc, Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, Quebec and Montreal. Since 2008, he was teaching both regular classes in different schools and dance studios in Seville and intensive workshops worldwide (Germany, Austria, Chile, among other countries).

 

He has an extensive experience as a tablao dancer (El Arenal / Sevilla, El Cordobés / Barcelona, ​​El Flamenco / Tokyo, Las Brujas / Sevilla, El Albaycín / Granada, Las Carboneras / Madrid, Los Tarantos / Granada, El Palacio Andaluz / Sevilla) . He was the choreographic assistant and repeater of Israel Galván in the following shows: Dju Dju, Lo Real, Israel Galvan contra las Tres Mil, Final de este estado de cosas (y Redux), La Francesa, and Galvánicas. He made numerous national and international tours in several countries of the world such as Austria, Germany, Japan, Canada, Turkey, Belgium, Chile, among others. He participated in the recordings of the following DVDs: Herencia flamenca/OK Records, El Baile Flamenco Vol. 2/Estudio Taketo y Raíces de Baile Flamenco/OK Records. He was the author and director of the following shows: Ins-sis-tencia, Paraiso, Solo - a working process, Lento, Hay fuego en tus ojos, Caminos de Libertad, and of the works for alternative spaces: Oratorio 2016, Farruca del extrarradio, and Yo vengo de Hungría. 

José Antonio Carrillo 'El Fyty'

Flamenco Guitar

Seville-based guitarist from Triana. He performed in various editions of the Mont de Marsans Festival, among others playing with Esperanza Fernández, along with guitarist Paco Fernández, at the Rafael Riqueni Alcázar de Cristal concert in 1997, accompanying El Mimbre in 1999 at the concert held at the Café Musique, and in the latest edition of the Festival. As an accompaniment guitarist, he has worked with Lole Montoya, Juana Amaya, and El Torombo, to name but a few. However, without a doubt, a very important part of his work was to perform with María Pagés, whom he accompanied since the beginning of her career as a dancer, being a member of her company as the first guitarist since 2000. In the María Pagés Company, he participated with musical and interpretative contributions in various shows: Sol y Sombra, De la luna al viento, La Tirana, Flamenco Republic, Canciones, antes de una guerra, Sevilla, Flamenco y Poesía, and in her last show Autorretrato.

Bárbara maya Ajnabiyah

Ballet / Belly Dance / Contemporary Dance

Dancer and teacher of classical ballet, belly dance and contemporary dance. Graduate of the Professional Dance Conservatory. During the years 2016-2017, she received a scholarship at the Centro Andaluz de Danza, where she performed in the tour of Andalusia and continued her classical and contemporary dance training with great dance professionals such as Isabel Vázquez, Rubén Olmo (director of the National Ballet), Diana Noriega, Miguel Ángel Corbacho, Carolina Armenta, Pilar Pérez, Olivio Serrat, Raúl Heras, among others. In this center, she also took classes with prestigious dancers and choreographers such as Johan Inger, Mario Bermúdez (Gaga technique), Baldo Ruiz (Wim Vandekeybus), Ángel Martínez (National Ballet of Marseille), Toni Torres (Graham technique), and Ballet du Nord (repertoire). In Vienna, in 2015, she took classes with Risa Streinberg (Lemon Technique) and the Alleyne sisters (Akram Khan company). In 2017, she received a scholarship to study at the PENCCA, where she learned from Guido Sarli (Batsheva company) and Alexis Euperre (director of the Theater Institute of Barcelona).

 

She began her studies in Arabic dances at the age of twelve, learning with prestigious dancers from around the world such as Jillina, Randa Kamel, Sadie, Mahmoud Reda, and Amani, to name but a few. In 2014, she took private lessons in Arabic rhythmology in London with the great musician Hossam Ramzy and with the dancer Serena Ramzy. In 2015, together with the dancer and choreographer Toni Bejjani, she created the Al – Andalus show, a journey through time for the Cristina Hoyos Flamenco Dance Museum, where it was represented during 2015 and 2016. In 2018, she performed in Paris with Hector is Magic in the television program Le Plus Cabaret du Monde, and danced in the movie The World is His (Universal Pictures). With the Al-Folk Arabic music company she toured in Portugal, North Africa and throughout Spain, participating in national Dance Festivals as a solo dancer and in various events. Currently, she is also a dance teacher and choreographer of the Umbrete School of Music, teacher of Arabic dances and teacher of classical technique in gymnastic clubs nationwide. Moreover, she combines her training in dance with the theater.

toni bejjani massih
'el fenicio'

Lebanese Oriental Dance

Lebanese multidisciplinary artist, based in Seville. He graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Beirut in 1992. In 1993, he joined the Caracalla Dance Company, under the direction of Abdel-Halim Caracalla. Founded in Lebanon in the 70s, the creative direction of this dance company is an eccentric mix of belly dance, Arabic folklore and contemporary ballet following the Martha Graham technique. Toni had the opportunity, and luck, to dance with the company during the most successful years, touring the Arab world, Europe, Brazil, and the United States for ten years.