These are the local artists and companies who perform and teach Flamenco. For more information about their programming, please visit their websites directly.
Known as one of the West Coast’s foremost female flamenco dancers, Ana has been acclaimed as brilliant and charismatic, moving with grace and elegance, especially the upper torso, arms and hands which so defines the female flamenco dancer, yet at the same time containing that tension and passion which makes flamenco so exciting. Ana currently teaches and produces student shows out of her studio Flamenco Danzarte in downtown Seattle.
Dances of Spain
Bringing more than 35 years of professional experience to the art of Classical Spanish and Flamenco dance, Jackie Villegas-MacLin offers her students a strong foundation in Flamenco dance technique using progressive fundamentals that culminates into a final choreography. Jackie has extensive dance training in Flamenco, Classical Spanish, Mexican Folk, Ballet, and Jazz, and has also been involved in musical theatre as a featured dancer and choreographer. She is director and founder of Dances of Spain, operating as an independent flamenco instructor in Seattle’s Eastside at Kirkland Dance Center, International Ballet Academy with ongoing beginning, intermediate and advanced flamenco dance lessons for teens to adult ages. Jackie also produces her own creative works and offers her students opportunities to perform at various venues.
Espacio Flamenco Portland
Our goal is to create a space where flamenco arts and culture can be experienced, explored, learned and refined. We provide instruction, performance, and special events that encourage individual expression as well as collaboration and exchange among artists. We want to share our love of Flamenco with our community! Espacio Flamenco offers a holistic approach to Flamenco education with opportunities for artistic development of all level of Flamenco artists. Learn Flamenco. Change your life.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Experience Flamenco provides flamenco experiences including classes, intensives, retreats, tours in Spain and the Pacific Northwestern United States.
Flamenco Boreal, LLC is a Seattle area flamenco dance school, founded in 2019 by professional dancer Eve Salonen. The school specializes in props used in flamenco dance, such as the bata de cola skirt, manton de Manila (big shawl) and abanico (fan). All classes are taught by Eve, who is originally from Finland, and has now been a Seattle area resident since 2015. Eve has studied with many highly valued Spanish flamenco artists and continues her studies annually in New Mexico and in Spain.
Flamenco guitarist Eric Jaeger and his wife Encarnación, the Northwest’s only Spanish born flamenco dancer, are dedicated to bringing the greatest flamenco talent directly from Spain to Seattle, and to teaching both Flamenco dance and Flamenco guitar. They return to Spain every year to stay immersed in the art of flamenco, and more importantly, to live and breathe the flamenco culture with their friends and family in Sevilla and Barcelona. Flamenco is for everyone who is open to it. “We live for and from our art without compromise, so we can pass this experience on to you.”
Marisela Fleites is a Cuban-born dancer of Spanish descent. She started dancing flamenco and Spanish dances at the age of 5, and has studied in Cuba, Spain, Mexico and the USA with masters like Olga Bustamante, Orlando Vargas, Stella Arauzo, Mari Carmen Guerrero, Oscar Nieto, Timo Lozano, Teo Morca, Citli Ocampo, Patricia Linares, Adriana Maresma, María Chacha Bermúdez and others. Ms. Fleites directs the performing group, Tacoma Flamenca. She holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature and teaches Spanish and Latin American Literature at Green River College. Ms. Fleites has been teaching flamenco at Washington Contemporary Ballet since 2001.
Northwest Flamenco Academy
After years of friendship, working as non-profit co-managers of Espacio De Arte and each independently owning and operating a small Flamenco dance school, Jackie MacLin, Amelia Moore and Eve Salonen decided to join forces in the creation of NW Flamenco Academy. The idea was born from the isolation and fragmentation of social life and the performing arts community due to the stresses of the Pandemic. Although challenging, these three years resulted in finding creative and innovative ways to keep our Flamenco community thriving and growing, and illuminated some important needs of our Flamenco community that weren’t fully being met. Compelled to make a difference and fill that void, they concluded that they could be more successful reaching the needs of their students by combining forces. The core philosophy of NW Flamenco Academy is that each artist, student and teacher has something unique to offer and when embraced, contributes to the overall flourishing of the art form. As teachers, Amelia, Eve and Jackie believe that students benefit most from studying with multiple teachers that allow them to explore unknown aspects of movement and expression. Students studying in the academy will benefit from versatile studies in a rich cultural environment of three experienced Flamenco dance instructors with very different backgrounds. All three Maestra’s are leading players in their craft who offer style, skill and substantiality and studying with them will be a unique and fulfilling experience. Northwest Flamenco Academy is a space to learn and enjoy the Flamenco arts in a supportive and non-judgmental community, where everyone’s unique gifts can be explored, honed and celebrated.
Oleaje Flamenco is a Seattle-based group of musicians and dancers who share a passion for Flamenco music and dance. Each of us continues to be deeply moved each day with the depth and power of Flamenco, and we are both honored and proud to represent this unique art form with humility, authenticity and love. With a rich background in a variety of musical and movement styles, together we create exciting and mesmerizing Flamenco shows that will leave you inspired.
Semilla Flamenca is a unique dance studio located in Redmond, WA. We pride ourselves in creating a wonderful and friendly atmosphere where all ages can come and learn the beautiful art of Flamenco dance. All ages are welcome. We are dedicated to creating a vibrant community focused on the celebration of Flamenco. Our classes are filled with friendships, rhythm, and an atmosphere that lets the kids (and adults) have fun, enjoy, and grow their own different artistic talents. Classes mix Flamenco technique with a basis in ballet, accompanied by castanets, rhythmic hand clapping, tambourines, and Cajon. We also integrate Spanish within the instruction.