DanceForce Member: Carlota Santana
Artists: Leslie Roybal, Carlota Santana
Community Partners: Center for Flamenco Arts, NYC; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
Counties: Dutchess, New York
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and the Center for Flamenco Arts present the 6th Annual Flamenco Certamen USA. This unique competition brings emerging talent to the public eye while fostering the continued development and exposure of the flamenco art form throughout New York State. This project supports Flamenco Vivo’s goal of broadening outreach to the entire community and making the flamenco art form a part of mainstream dance in the USA. In order to address the increasing demand for participation, and in support of Flamenco Vivo’s commitment to nurture the growth of next-generation of artists, this program will expand to include a 1-week residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Dutchess County. This residency will include professional tablao performances by Flamenco Vivo, lecture demonstrations for local K – 12 schools, open community classes in music and dance, intensive rehearsal time and mentorship as well as a culminating public performance for participating Certamen Finalists.
The Flamenco Certamen accepts applications from emerging flamenco dancers throughout North America. The applicants submit video samples, written statements and resumes which are scored by a panel of expert flamenco artists and up to 10 finalists are selected to compete at the Estudio (Student) or Tablao (Pre-Professional) level. The Center for Flamenco Arts supports these finalists by providing each one with 6 hours of studio space, mentor sessions with industry professionals as well as a guitarist and singer to accompany them. The culminating performance will take place at the prestigious Bruno Walter Auditorium at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 25, 2019, and will be open to the public. The finalists will be judged by a panel of professional community artists based on pre-determined criteria. Winners will be chosen that evening and the prizes include free studio space, cash and the opportunity to participate as a guest of the Madrid Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco with special invitation to workshops with esteemed flamenco artists and open attendance to the Certamen competition, live in Madrid, Spain. Additionally a winner will have the opportunity to spend a second week in Madrid studying with prestigious flamenco artists Emilio Ochando and Carmen “La Talegona” as part of their prize.