2018 Flamenco Certamen

Lydia Johnson-Gallegos in the 2017 Certamen.

Year: 2018-2019
DanceForce Member: Carlota Santana
Artists: Leslie Roybal, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Community Partners: Center for Flamenco Arts, NYC; Elaine Gardner; La Colora Flamenco Costumes, NYC; Menkes, NYC; Sally Lesser Designs
Audience: 1,080
Counties: Erie, New York

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and the Center for Flamenco Arts present the 5th 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. This year the competition will expand to include 2 levels of competition in order to address a growing demand for participation; student and pre-professional. With the aim of expanding outreach to upstate NY communities, a winning artist will enjoy the opportunity to be part of a multi-day residency in Buffalo, NY in collaboration with DanceForce member Elaine Gardner. As part of the residency offerings, Flamenco Vivo will initiate a partnership with Cynthia Pegado of PDdance in order to provide a flamenco workshop for Parkinson’s disease patients.

The Flamenco Certamen accepts applications from emerging flamenco artists throughout New York and up to 10 finalists are chosen to present their work during an evening competition. This performance will take place at the prestigious Bruno Walter Auditorium at The Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 20, 2018, and will be open to the public. The finalists will be judged by a panel of professional community artists based on pre-determined criteria. The Center for Flamenco Arts supports these finalists in their preparations by providing each one with 6 hours of studio space, mentor sessions with an industry professional as well as a guitarist and singer for their final rehearsal hour. 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.

Both the Certamen competition and the upstate residency will support many artists in their journey for growth and exposure as well as provide an opportunity for outlying communities to experience a cultural art form such as flamenco.