Fiesta Flamenca
Spanish Dance Company
DBA/CoCo Girls - Las Flamencas Inc. Spanish Dance Theater

 

Cast




Mina Shibata (Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher)

was born in Japan, trained extensively in Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance, Escuela Bolera, Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet, and Percussion. Minako received her flamenco training in Madrid, Spain from Alejandro Granados, El Guito, Ciro, Carmela Greco, La Tati, and also Jose Molina in New York. She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with American Bolero Dance Company and in numoreus theaters, nightclubs and TV(CH13, FCI, CH34) in Manhattan and the tri-state area. She has performed "Sotoba Komachi" at La MaMa E.T.C. in June of 1995. She founded "CoCo Girls - Las Flamencas Inc. Spanish Dance Theater" in 1996. She performed "Pasando" at La MaMa E.T.C. in October of 1997 and performed "10 Seconds of My Fame" with Elena Andujar at St. Clement's Off-Broadway Theater in May & June of 1998. Mina was received over 80 different articles and review from prestigious journals such as The New York Times, The Village Voice, Asahi Shimbun, The Yomiuri America, Yomiuri Shimbun, OCS News, Kyodo News, Time Out , El diario, Noticias Del Mundo, NY Dance Fax, SPA, and others. The Villege Voice wrote: "....impressive flamenco techinique....". She performs regularly at the Xunta Tapas Bar.



Alda Reuter(Percussionist/Dancer)

Originally from Mexico City. Alda has studied percussion and dance extensively in Cuba, Mexico and the United States. She has been performing internationally for the past ten years with many prominent music and dance artists in prestigious arts centers, universities, T.V. and radio throughout Central and South America. She has performed in Lincoln Center & Carnegie Hall. Since arriving in New York she has played for and studied with Jose Molina. She is a co-founder of Fiesta Flamenca. She has recorded with Sangre Azteca, Nuesta America Negra, Los Foekloristas etc.



Arturo Martinez (Flamenco Guitarist/Composer)

a native of Chicago, he began playing the electric guitar at the age of 13 in the tradition of Afro-American music. He was drawn to flamenco, and began his studies while on tour in Europe. Mr. Martinez has accompanied such renowned Gypsy dancers as: Chuni Amaya, Joaquin Fajardo, and Concha Vargas, as well as Maria Alba, Pilar Rioja, and Andrea del Conte. He recently appeared at the public Theatre in the producion of, "The Gypsy and The Yellow Canary" with Ms. Irene Worth, and directed by George C. Wolf. Mr. Martinez's credits include: Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City with Maria Alba Spanish Dance Company, The Bitef International Theatre Festival in Yugoslavia, The Espace Cardin Theatre of Paris, Beaux Arts Theatre Brussels, the Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival in New York City with Pilar Rioja, the Andrea del conte Danza Espana, The Free Street Theatre of Chicago, and La MaMa, Experimental Theatre Club with "Sotoba-Komachi".
Mr. Martinez has also produced The First and The Second New York Flamenco Festival. In these festivals, Mr. Martinez accompanied over 30 different flamenco singers and dancers during the period from 1990 through 1995. He is currently developing a dance theatre piece, through 1995. He is currently developing a dance theatre piece, "Cordoba 1492," (Spanish Inquisition), and "Sarajevo 1992," (500 Years of Genocide). Arturo was the guitarist for this company's debut production, "Pasando" in October of 1997 for which he also arranged the music compositions.




Blanca Perez (Dancer)

born in Mexico City, began dancing Mexican folk dancing at the age of 5. She began studying flamenco in Mexico. In New York, She toured throughout the United States with Jose Molina's Bailes Espanoles, as a soloist. She has also studied with Repompa and Raquel de Malaga, Juan Andres Maya, Elena Andujar, Alejandro Granados, and has been studying extesively with Soledad Barrio, a dancer noted for her intricate and complicated choreograghy. She performed with Juan Andres Maya at Symphony Space in 1997. She has performed "Pasando" at La MaMa E.T.C. in October of 1997.



Carlos Martin Revollar(Guitarist)

was born and raise in New York City, and was trained in classical guitar by Dennis Koster.His flamenco guitar teachers include Arturo Martinez and Luis Heredia. Carlos has performed with the Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company, Andrea del Conte Danza Espana, Eva Lucena Spanish Dance Company and Karim Noack Flamenco Dream Company. He has also performed at La MaMa E.T.C. at the Annex as the guitarist for the production of "Sotoba Komachi". Presently, Carlos performs regularly at the Xunta Tapas Bar and Coney Island High in New York City. He is a member of CoCo Girls - Las Flamencas Inc, and performed in their debut production of Pasando in October of 1997.


David Manuel Castellano(Singer)

coming from an Andalucian family, his interest in "Cante Flamenco" was born in his blood. He began singing at a very young age and has adopted many different styles of flamenco. He has toured the east coast of the U.S. withe a variety of flamenco dance companies. Recently he's been performing in the New York aria in the major flamenco spots.


Don Riepe, "Don Diego" (Director/Dancer)

is a native of New York and has been involved with the Flamenco community for over 30 years. He studied with Mariquita Flores and Victorio Korjhan and the late Orlando Romero for flamenco dance training. In the past , Don has appeared as a dancer in the Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival, and performed with Gabriela Granados. Also, he has performed with Minako Shibata and Blanca Perez in Various flamenco show. Currently, he works as a biologist for The United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service.



Sophia Islam(Dancer)

was born in Karachi, Pakistan and began her formal dance training at the age of eight with the Karachi School of Ballet. Besides ballet training, Sophia also studied classical and folk Indian dance. She continued her dance training in New York, and joined the Ballet Argentino Raices under the direction of Luis Bruna performing Argentine Tango and Folklore, and made her debut at Symphony Space, and later performed for many seasons at Thalia Spanish Theater. She later joined Jose Molina Bailes Espanoles and toured internationally and throughout the United States as both a soloist and corps member. Other companies include Andrea Del Conte & the American Spanish Dance THeater at Dance Theater Workshop and Thalia Spanish Theater and Sol Y Sombra Dance Company. She has studied with numerous teachers in New York as well as in Spain such as Ciro, La Tati, Concha Vargas, Soledad Barrio, Belen Maya, Manolo Marin, and La Farruca.


 

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