Artistic Discipline: Dance – Flamenco
“One of the beautiful things about flamenco is that it is open to everyone regardless of age, nationality, gender, body size, or bone structure. If you have the drive and the passion, you can learn it.”
Angelina Ramirez is a member of the 2016 AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute cohort.
The Teaching Artist Institute is a five-month training program that will introduce teaching artists to the variety of settings, programs, and partners that make up the creative aging field, and provide skills-building activities for participants to attain the specialized knowledge needed to work successfully with older adults. Inspired by ArtSage and other national models, the Institute has been developed around the philosophies of person-centered care, a process-based approach, and cultural responsiveness. To learn more about AZ Creative Aging and the Teaching Artist Institute click here.
Angelina Ramirez began studying Flamenco at the age of nine with Deanna Pierce and Olivia Rojo in Tucson, Arizona. At sixteen, she became a member of Rojo’s company, Flamenco y Mas. Just out of high school, Angelina toured the US as a featured artist with the National Theater Company. She continued her studies at the National Institute of Flamenco Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, studying with Eva Encinias, Joaquin Encinias, Omyara Amaya and Marisol Encinias. Angelina became an original member of Yjastros, the American Flamenco Repertory Company under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. While residing in Albuquerque, she had the pleasure of studying from dancers such as Antonio Canales, Israel Galvan, Alejandro Granados, and Farruquito. In 2009, returning to Arizona, Angelina founded Flamenco Por La Vida, a performance company that has been continually performing throughout the Valley for the past five years. In 2012, Angelina along with collaborators Monica Robles and Ruben Gonzalez, opened 5th Row Dance Studios, where Angelina currently teaches flamenco. In 2014, Angelina presented two inaugural festivals in the Phoenix Community: Lluvia Flamenca in collaboration with Stateside Presents and The Phoenix Festival de España with The Phoenix Center for the Arts. During the 2014-15 season, Angelina was asked to tour with world-renowned, New York based company Noche Flamenca in their production of Antigone.
Angelina and her company Flamenco Por La Vida were awarded the 2014 Phoenix Mayors Arts Award for Best Dance Organization. Angelina looks forward to whatever her journey will bring her as she continues to live her lifelong passion as an artist of Flamenco.