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Colorado

Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theater / Boulder, Denver    [Updated 12/09/12]

www.reneheredia.com

Artistic Director/dance teacher/choreagrapher/flamenco guitar teacher
"Learn the Real Flamenco" from Gypsy teacher/educator: René Heredia. Upper & lower torso, foot technique, hand clapping, finger snapping, castanettes, dress, arm, hand movements, history of the art and all the rhythms of Flamenco, acompanyment of guitar. (All levels) Also René teaches gypsy flamenco guitar.

For more information, call: (303) 722-0054
Classes - Boulder:
Mondays from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (beginning)
A Place to B Studio, 1750 30th St, Boulder CO 80301

Classes - Denver:
Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (beginning)
Flamenco Center for Guitar & Dance 602 So. Emerson St., Denver CO 80209

Fridays 6:30 to 8:00 p.m (advanced)
Danz Artz Studio, 520 Cherokee St., Denver CO 80204

René Heredia is a leading figure in the development of Flamenco.

René and his flamenco guitar have been together for so many years of his lifetime that there seems to be no separation of the two. He formed a bond with the guitar as a child. His life, his character, his loves and aspirations have all developed through the instrument.

René began his training with his father, a Gitano Puro (pure Gypsy). As a boy, René was taught the rudiments of Flamenco Guitar and Spanish Gypsy Dance. He brings a unique view of both sides of the art form to his audience.

As a little boy, René remembers always having the house full of flamencos such as Carlos Montoya, Vicente Escuderos, Mario Escudero, José Greco's Dance Company, Carmen Amaya, Sabicas, La Chunga and her Company. They were all close friends of José Heredia and his family. Sabicas would help and teach René the secrets of flamenco at his mother's kitchen table.

At thirteen he was performing with his sisters, Fátima, Sarita, Zoraida, Carmen and brother Enrique. "Los Heredia" were doing concerts, television shows and supper club performances. His international recognition came when he was seventeen and the incomparable Flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya (Spain's greatest dancer of this century) heard him play. She immediately took him to be her lead guitarist. He toured many years and concertized the major capitals of Europe and the United States with the famous Amaya Ballet. While he was in Spain, René was invited to perform with the singing and motion picture star Antoñita Moreno in "Los Reinos de España". He was then invited to perform in the Festival de Canta Grande with Fosforito, Jarrito, Juanito Varea, Chocolate and Gordito de Triana, some of Spain's most outstanding singers. As his reputation grew, the famous Spanish dancer Jose Greco invited him to be his lead guitarist for several seasons. René has played for such outstanding dancers as El Guito, Mario Maya, Los Pelaos, Manuela Vargas, Luisita Triana, María Rosa Lutys de Luz, María Benítez, Los Heredia and many more.

While living in Paris, René's distinguished LP album Alborada Flamenca was awarded the Gran Prix de Disque of France. In the United States, René was invited to perform the world premiere of his symphony composition and Flamenco suite for Guitar and Orchestra "Alborada Gitana" (a Farruca) which he performed with the Denver Symphony and Denver Chamber Orchestra at Red Rocks Ampitheater.

René has performed live concerts and TV shows with his Flamenco Fusion Group and his Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theater. He performed solo concerts at such prestigious venuses as New York;s Carnegie Recital Hall four years in a row where he received standing ovations. The Champs Elysee Theater in Paris, Westminister Theater in London, Teatro Barcelona, Teatro La Zarzuela and Teatro Maravilla in Madrid, Spain, and the Dorthy Chandler Pavillion and Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

René has performed concerts with this Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theater in Kansas Cyty where he was awarded the "Keys to the City" (sister city of Seville, Spain). He was recognized as one of Colorado's best-known composers in a special tribute to Colorado artists at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

René was invited to be the lead guitarist and guest artist with Stewart Copeland, founder of the "Police" in his national tour of the U.S.A. in "The Rythmatist", René was invited by Colorado Performing Arts Center to be the musical director for the play "Romeo and Juliet" (set in early colonial California).

René was awarded the prestigous Governor's Award of Colorado for excellence in Performance and Education. This October he was awarded "The Mayor's Award of Denver for excellence in the Arts". He has done command performances for such gignitaries as Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Armand Hammer, President Ford and Prince Bandar, Ambassador to the United States, and son of King Fahd of Saudia Arabia. This August he did a command performance for Queen Noor of Jordan, Widow of King Hussein. He also performed for President Jimmy Carter at the 50th anniversary of the Aspen Institute.

René has appeared on numerous national radio and television shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show with Duke Ellington, The Steve Allen Show with Sabicas and The Art Linkleter Show with Donald O'Connor and Abbie Laine. The George Gobel and Eddie Fisher Show with Carmen Amaya, and the Ann Southern Show with Cesar Romero. René appeared in the Spanish Movie "Balcón de Luna" with Paquita Rico, Carmen Sevilla, and Lola Flores. His N.E.T. concert specials and opening acts for such outstanding artists as Bill Cosby, Hal Lindon and Peter Nero have put René in the forefront as one of the leading Flamenco guitarists in the United States today.

"René Heredia is the most sensational young Flamenco guitarist in the United States."
Sabicas

"... brilliant ... phenomenal ... exciting virtuoso."
Variety

"The audience wouldn't let him quit."
Los Angeles Times

"René Heredia is a brilliant guitarist."
Walter Terry, New York Saturday Review

"René Heredia, "He played a Danza Mora that rivaled any I have ever heard."
Dean Wallace, San Francisco Chronicle

"The guitar playing of René Heredia is in the finest tradition of Flamenco, creating a flaming intensity that cannot fail to arouse."
Denver Post




Maria Vazquez / Denver    [Updated 01/06/07]

Maria Vazquez

A native of Sevilla Spain, Maria Vazquez has been dancing Flamenco her whole life. She has a degree in Spanish Dance from the Conservatory in Sevilla and completed her formal training in the school of Carmen Montiel. At the same time she studied with other professional dancers like Manolo Marin, Javier Latorre, and Aida Gomez. Maria has been teaching and performing traditional Spanish dances for the last 12 years. She danced with the company "Ciudad de Sevilla" for two years and toured France and Portugal with them. She conti nued performing with other independent Flamenco groups in Sevilla until 2002, when she moved to Denver. She continues to teach here in Colorado and has also formed a performing group, Grupo Maria Vazquez.

Maria offers on-going beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate-advanced, and children's classes. Beginner classes are appropriate for students with little or no Flamenco dance background while for advanced beginner classes it is helpful to have knowledge of basic Flamenco footwork technique and/or a strong background in other forms of dance. More advanced students may be invited to join her intermediate/advanced classes. Classes are $12 for a drop-in, or $40 for four classes in advance. Private lessons may be arranged on upon request.

Beginner
Monday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Advanced beginner
Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 PM, and Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 3:00PM

Children's
Thursday from 5:15 to 6:15 PM

Location: Maria Vazquez's studio at 910Arts, 910 Sata Fe Blvd. (in Denver)

For more information, please e-mail
flamenco_denver@yahoo.com


Natalia Pérez del Villar / Denver    [Updated 05/14/11]

Natalia teaches flamenco dance in Denver.

Beginners I: Introduction to Flamenco
A new session is starting on May!!! 8 classes/1hour
Saturdays starting on May 7th from 10 am to 11 am.
Not experience needed. In this class students will learn basic technique in arms, footwork, body placement and palmas using Tangos and Tientos Flamenco rhythms.
Choreography: Tangos or Tientos.

Location: DanzArtz Sudios. 520 Cherokee St., Denver, CO.
Price: $96 for the session
For more information send email or call 720-771-7223
www.flamencowithnatalia.com



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