Meet the Artist: Siempre Flamenco

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celia fontaFlamenco dancer Celia Fonta is a native of Chicago, first studied flamenco guitar and Flamenco, Spanish Classical and Folkloric dance before focusing on the art of pure flamenco. Ms. Fonta has worked with great masters such as Merche Esmeralda, el Guito, Antonio Canales and Carmela Greco. Ms. Fonta has worked as a featured dancer at the famous Tablaos in Miami, and as principal dancer and soloist with with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, as well as with Bailes Ferrer as featured soloist. Celia Fonta has been guest artist and teacher in flamenco workshops and concerts across the United States. Notably, Ms. Fonta gave a two-week residency with Northeastern Illinois University and was a guest artist with Ensemble Espanol’s 25th Anniversary Gala in Chicago. She was invited to perform at the Florida Folk Festival several times and was a recipient of the Florida Folk life Apprenticeship Program as Master Artist. Ms. Fonta was a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida, and was adjunct instructor of Spanish dance at Florida International University from 2003-2008.

Paco Fonta is internationally recognized as a foremost flamenco guitarist, singer, and composer. He has been praised as an accomplished singer of Cante Jondo, the most authentic, profound, and difficult of the flamenco styles. Born in a small town near Jaen in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, he began his professional career performing in tablaos and festivals accompanying singers and dancers, including such artists as La Nina de la Huerta and Antonio Molina. He later toured Europe with the Kurt Savoy Trio. In 1985 he won first prize in cante jondo at the flamenco festival in Jaen, Spain.

paco 2Celia began her professional career along with her husband Paco Fonta, touring the United States with the Boston Flamenco Ballet. In 1986 Celia and Paco came to Miami to work at the Famous Cacharrito’s Place and since have made Miami their homes.

In 2002 the pair formed “Siempre Flamenco,” a not-for-profit company dedicated to promoting awareness of flamenco music and dance and to preserve its art and traditions. As Artistic Director of Siempre Flamenco, Ms Fonta has produced and Choreographed the Festival of Flamenco Song for the past six years, as well as numerous shows, including Mojito Andaluz, a fusion of flamenco and Afro-Cuban music and dance, Oy-Le a collaboration of Flamenco and Klezmer , Al Andalus, a program exploring the Jewish, Moorish, and Gypsy roots of Flamenco, Beats and Compas, a hip-hop and flamenco experimental dance concert, and most recently the premiere of Furia de color Flamenco, a traditional flamenco show at the Arte Flamenco 2012 Festival.

 

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