Assistant Director/Flamenco Dancer
“The pounding thrill of flamenco had all eyes riveted on dancer, Lena Jácome.” ---- The New Orleans Advocate
"…an expression of passion, a fiery explosion of sound…and of dancing so exciting…” --- Bisbee Daily Review
Lena Jácome is an internationally touring flamenco dancer, choreographer and instructor. She performed as, and choreographed for the role of 'Flamenco Dancer', in Teatro Bravo!'s presentation of 'Lorca in a Green Dress'. She was an invited guest artist to perform for the Ibero-American Association in Jakarta, Indonesia and she was an invited guest performer & instructor for the Dance Network of South Dakota. Some performance highlights include Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City Center and she guest performed in the World Premiere of the Pangean Orchestra at Symphony Hall. In 2014, she performed and choreographed for the first symphonic work to include flamenco dance entitled, ’Impulso’, composed by Chris Jácome and Henry Flurry. This work premiered in St. Louis, Missouri with The University City Symphony Orchestra. READ MORE...
“Incredible!!" ---Sun Star Reporter
"Gaxiola dances with expression and emotion." –Pinedale Online
Martin Gaxiola, choreographer and dancer, was the artistic director and founder of his own flamenco music and dance ensemble, CALO FLAMENCO, based in Phoenix, AZ. Martín began studying dance in 1992 and since then has studied flamenco extensively in Spain (Sevilla and Madrid) with such renowned artists as Antonio Granjero, Immaculada Ortega, Juana Amaya, Manolo Marín and in the U.S. with Dini Roman. He gained professional experience performing with such dance companies as Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco (NM), Flamenco Ole! (PA), Flamenco Y Más (AZ) and can be seen in two different PBS television specials: “Flamenco”, and “Flamenco: The Passion of Flamenco Dance”.Martín has shared his flamenco artistry in dance classes and lecture demonstrations to children, students and adults across the U.S. and abroad. As a choreographer, he created several original works and full theatrical presentations for various dance companies and solo artists in the U.S. READ MORE...
Macarena Giraldez, a native of Sevilla, Spain grew up in Barrio La Macarena. There she was immersed in the culture and art of flamenco from a young age where she learned from her mother, a noted singer of saetas, and from her aunt, a professional cantaora.. Maca, having never received formal training, came to flamenco by living and breathing the art form native to her land. Macarena is a true example of a flamenco singer in the most organic sense of the role. Macarena has performed in festivals in her hometown of Sevilla, where she taught classes with Antonio Marin. She has performed with such international artists as Nino de los Reyes and others. An experienced performer known for her gypsy voice, she performs regularly at the tablao, Casa Vicente, along side guitarist Misael Barraza and dancers Jason and Mele Martinez.
"Chayito captivated her audience with her haunting voice." --- New York Times
Flamenco singer Chayito Champion began singing at an early age carrying the legacy of her family of flamenco artists. She is in high demand both nationally and internationally, always captivating her audiences with her heartfelt and passionate performances. Chayito says "I don't remember when I started to sing it was like walking and talking I just did it."
She has toured the world with such artists as the late Jose Greco, Antonio Vargas, Teo Morca, Antonio Vargas and Pilar Rioja, Luis Montero, and Antonio Hidalgo with Carlota Santana Dance Co. to name a few. Some highlights of her career include H.O.L.A. Award and A.C.E. Latinos Critics Award in 2003 in New York City as well as Prime Minister of Shri Lanka’s ambassador's award in 2004. Chayito wants to thank her parents for the wonderful gift of flamenco! She always remembers her father’s words, “Live flamenco!” - and so she does. READ MORE...
Diana Olivares, a Tucson native, is currently a member of award winning group Mariachi Sonido de Mexico where she provides vocals and is a violinist. As a mariachi musician she has shared the stage and provided live accompaniment for artists Ana Barbara, Shaila Durcal, Nydia Rojas, and America’s Got Talent’s Sebastien de la Cruz, and also provided back up vocals for Mexican artist Ana Barbara. Diana’s vocal studies include opera and past achievements include 1st place in the NATS Classical Singer Auditions for the Valley of the Sun Chapter in 2013, and 2nd place in the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona’s “Quest for the Best” in 2012. She performed the role of Suor Dolcina in UA Opera Theatre’s production of Suor Angelica and performed the role of Maria in Tucson Music Theatre’s production of West Side Story.
Salvador Gallegos, Jr., FlaMÉXico’s Mariachi Music Director, is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and a sought-after producer, arranger and teacher of mariachi/tejano/conjunto and norteño music. He and his talented brothers created the group, Los Gallegos, and while maintaining a busy performance schedule in Tucson still manage to get on the road and perform throughout the nation. In March of 2005, Los Gallegos was the only band to represent Arizona at the fan fare for the XXV Annual Tejano Music Awards and have appeared there every year since. In May of 2006, Los Gallegos released their debut album "Viejas Canciones". Los Gallegos is definitely the hottest up and coming band in Southern Arizona and are quickly on their way to stardom.
J. Martín Marquéz is a rising star originally from Nogales. Martín performs regularly in Tucson with the Trio Sabor Latino and with Trio Classico, and his specialties are Mexican classical guitar, guitarrón, vihuela (a regional five-string guitar used in mariachi bands), and traditional songs.
Alice Blumenfeld's powerful performances onstage, and her scholarly work offstage, make her a preeminent force in the American flamenco dance scene. Her work has been commissioned by YoungArts for the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage (Washington, D.C.), and she has presented her work at various venues including the Baryshnikov Performing Arts Center (NYC), and The National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM). She has toured extensively with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, and performed in EntreFlamenco (Santa Fe, NM), Nelida Tirado’s Flamenco Company (NYC), at the first Philadelphia Flamenco Festival, and with Forever Flamenco (Los Angeles, CA), and at various venues in Sevilla, Spain. READ MORE...
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"Julia Chacón danced with her back arched and head held imperiously high. Her footwork was dizzying in complexity." --- Ridgecrest News Review
Julia Chacón was born in Albuquerque, NM and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She trained extensively in ballet, and started Spanish dance at age 12 with Lydia Torea (former principal soloist with José Greco). Julia graduated from the University of New Mexico where she studied modern dance with Bill Evans and flamenco with Eva Encinas Sandoval. Throughout college she attended New Mexico's Festival Flamenco, arguably the most prestigious flamenco event outside of Spain. Exposure to artists such as Eva Yerbabuena, the Farruco Family, Antonio Canales, Belen Maya, Mayte Martin, el Extremeño, and el Viejin changed the direction of her life.
After college Julia moved to Madrid, Spain to study at Amor de Dios studios. She returned to the US and joined María Benítez' Teatro Flamenco (Santa Fe, NM) READ MORE...
"Bernadette Gaxiola dances with graceful energy." --- Pinedale Online
Bernadette Gaxiola began dancing Flamenco, Spanish Folk, Mexican Folklorico, and Classical Spanish, since the age of 6, as a way of preserving her Hispanic background. Over her career she has studied with artists such as Laura Moya, Luis Montero, Teo Morca, Julia Lopez, La Meida, Antonio Granjero, Immaculada Ortega, and recently La Conja, Carola Zertuche, and Martin Gaxiola. She has toured the United States at various dance festivals and venues which include the International VA Arts Festival, Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival, International Dance 2000 (PA), invited as a guest artist at the Feria de Abril (PA), Kimmel Center (PA), Willma Theatre (PA), Merriam Theatre, Grady Gammage (AZ), Symphony Hall (AZ), Herberger Theatre (AZ) among others. READ MORE....
Adrian Goldenthal is a Phoenix native, son of local jazz pianist Joel Robin. He attended Arizona State University, where he obtained a B.S. in Psychology while dabbling in the Jazz department. In 2002, Adrian met Chris Jácome in the recording studio when he recorded several tracks for Chris' album "Pa'lante". A few years later, Chris invited Adrian to join in his musical ensemble as part of Calo Flamenco. Since then, Adrian has toured extensively with both Calo Flamenco and Jácome Flamenco. Adrian plays various styles and can also be seen performing with The Flamenco Jazz Project, Briza Brazil, the funk/rock group Badshoe, and the experimental project Shh...The Baby's Sleeping.
Emerson Laffey began studying jazz drumming at Arizona State with the renowned Dom Moio. Moio introduced him to Latin Jazz drumming and he quickly fell in love with the intricate syncopations of this amazing music. Currently, Emerson is playing in a multitude of bands ranging in styles from gospel, R&B, jazz, salsa, rock, and LOTS of flamenco.