‘Solo Flamenco’ An evening of flamenco music and dance
Friday, January 14th, 2022. Doors 7:30pm/ Show 8:00pm
Location: Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St., Austin TX 78702
General Admission: $25 per person online/$30 at the door
Limited seating – All welcome – Family friendly – BYOB
Jose Manuel Tejeda
Drea Pacot is a native Californian who has always had the love of dance in her heart. She holds the belief that dance, overall, is an expression of emotion. During her first years of study Drea studied ballet until her college years. While at UCDavis she began to explore contemporary dance dancing and performing with the university’s modern dance troupe as well as Nexxus Modern Dance Collective. In both troupes she choreographed numerous dances. It was during her senior year when Maria Benitez’s Flamenco group toured the campus. From there her focus in dance flipped and the journey into Flamenco began. Over the twenty plus years of her journey in Flamenco Drea has studied with many artists, both in the U.S. and in Spain, from group classes, workshops, and privates. But there are two significant women artists that particularly inspire her dancing. Those amazing women are Yaelisa, director of Caminos Flamencos (California) and Pilar Andujar (Austin). Other notable artists include Jose Galvan, Concha Vargas, Concha Jareno, Olga Piercet, Alonso Losa, and Vanessa Paloma. In California, Drea taught in Sacramento and Nevada City, CA. She received a grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission to showcase her students on the theater stage as well as invite prominent flamenco artists to the region. Along with flamenco guitarist Gopal Slavonic she formed the group Flamenco del Oro that performed throughout Northern California. Drea moved to Austin in 2011 to attend the acupuncture school AOMA. She began working with Pilar Andujar and Genieveve Guinn, director of Flamenco Dance Academy. In 2018 Drea performed as a company dancer in Guinn’s production of Fosteros at the Long Center. Drea also performed in flamenco events as a soloist at Esquina Tango and Barlata restaurant. Audience members enjoy her emotional expression and impromptu nature in a tablao setting. Her mission is to bring her joy, expression, and depth of flamenco dance to blossoming students in flamenco. Currently she teaches this art at the Austin Flamenco Dance Academy. She is also a licensed acupuncturist at Castle Hill Fitness South Lamar and within her own business Yin Petals Acupuncture.
Genevieve grew up in San Antonio, Texas where she began dancing flamenco and folklorico during childhood. She has danced with companies across the country including the Fandango Dance Troupe, Ballet Folkorico Mexicano de Georgetown University, the Maru Montero Dance Company, Los Quetzales, Austin Flamenco Dance Company, and Arte y Pasión. Genevieve has studied under many strong flamenco figures nationally and internationally. She has traveled to Sevilla and Madrid for intensive flamenco training at Amor de Dios and FlamencoDanza and regularly visits Albuquerque, NM to attend the ever-inspiring NIFNM Flamenco Festival. Genevieve has competed in the Flamenco Vivo Certamen (Tablao Division) in New York City. As part of this opportunity, she completed a residency at the Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Upstate NY under the mentorship of esteemed flamenco artists Isaac Tovar and Florencia Oz. Genevieve currently teaches young people and adults at the Guadalupe Dance Academy and Raices de Arte Español in San Antonio, TX (where she serves as assistant artistic director). Genevieve is a pediatric physical therapist by trade, but considers herself a lifelong learner and lover of dance and enjoys sharing what she knows about flamenco with her dedicated students and creating opportunities for the growth of the flamenco community in San Antonio whenever possible.
Jose Manuel Tejeda is a professional Flamenco and Classical Guitarist from Cuba. He has on his resume more than a decade of experience performing as a solo guitarist, guitar teacher, composer, arranger, recording, and collaborator. Jose has performed in many important theater and auditoriums in Cuba, US, and Spain. Jose moved to Austin Texas 9 years ago and he is currently a member of the band Atash and A’lante Flamenco. His passion and dedication to studying many different music genres have made him one of the most successful and high demanded guitarists in Texas.
Guillermo Gonzalez “Guille” is a Flamenco Singer (Cantaor) who has lived in the United States since 2012. Guille in Sevilla, Spain, the region itself cultivated his flamenco singing (cante) from childhood. He incorporates modern influences and has struck a dramatic fusion in his work. In Spain, he has shared the stage in private parties with renowned artists as Antonio Rey, Jose y Maka Ibañez (Makarines), and Javier Ceballos. In USA, he has performed in California, Utah, and Texas, in such theaters as the Fountain and Barnsdall in Los Angeles, tablaos as El Cid, Alegria, and Café Sevilla, as well as events and fiestas throughout the country.
Celia is a native of Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, Celia grew up singing flamenco at parties in her hometown, before marrying a Naval officer and relocating to the U.S. 25 years ago. One day someone noticed Celia’s voice and talent for flamenco cante. Ever since Celia has been singing non-stop for many local flamenco troupes within Texas. She’s definitely a local favorite in Austin!