2022 Flamenco Certamen USA

Tamia at 2021 Flamenco Certamen USA residency at Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Photo by Darryl Padilla.

Year: 2022-2023
DanceForce Member: Carlota Santana
Artists: Leslie Roybal; Carlota Santana
Community Partners: Emilio Ochando; Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Audience: 312
Counties: Essex; New York

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presents the 9th annual Flamenco Certamen USA, a development program for up and coming flamenco dancers that includes a weeklong training residency and live competition. On the surface, the Certamen is a competition for developing flamenco artists; however at its core, this project creates opportunities for exponential growth, a sense of unity among all those who participate. Serving both established flamenco artists, students and community members, Flamenco Certamen combines quality education and performance with community engagement to expand the growth of flamenco culture and artistry throughout New York State. In order to move beyond the Manhattan city center, Flamenco Certamen will include a one-week residency at Lake Placid Center for the Arts. During this time, participating artists will work in depth with professional mentors to build their competition solos and generate valuable connections with each other and the local community. Alongside this, Lake Placid community members will have the opportunity to take an introductory flamenco class, attend the Certamen dress rehearsal and engage in a feedback session to encourage their own understanding of flamenco dance, music, and culture (estimated attendance 50 for dress rehearsal showing and 45 for workshops). Flamenco Vivo supports this endeavor by providing esteemed industry professionals and live musical accompaniment for these programs.

Up to ten rising flamenco artists residing in North America will be selected to participate in the Flamenco Certamen USA. Based on their application and experience, they will be placed into one of two levels: Estudio (student level) or Tablao (pre-professional level). The competition will be an evening length public performance held on Friday, October 14, 2022 at The Bruno Walter Auditorium at the NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (estimated audience 207). Finalists will be evaluated by a panel of professional community artists who will determine the winners that evening. Winners will receive free studio space, cash, and the opportunity to participate as a guest at the Madrid Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco, which includes admission to the Madrid Certamen Competition in Spain as well as access to workshops with esteemed flamenco artists. Additional winners will be awarded scholarships to study with our partners in Spain, including but not limited to: Festival de Jerez and FlamencoDanzaEstudio: Tamara y Ursula López. Virtual passes will also be made available for fourteen (14) days following the performance allowing Flamenco Certamen USA to reach communities beyond those physically present to attend the competition in NYC.

The principal artists managing this project are Carlota Santana (Artistic Director) and Leslie Roybal (Program Director for Artist Development) with additional support from Emilio Ochando.