Barbara Romero (dancer and co-director) founded Danzas Españolas with Isabel Soler in 1998. She has studied and performed a variety of Spanish dance forms such as flamenco, escuela bolera, neoclassical and jota. She has trained both in the U.S. and Spain with teachers such as Ciro, Fernando Romero, Alejandro Granados, Mariano Parra, José Molina, Orlando Romero and Jerane Michel. Ms. Romero toured and choreographed with the Boston Flamenco Ballet for six seasons, performed and taught with Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Arts and was the featured dancer for three years at Meson Asturias in addition to appearing with Romería Flamenca and at numerous tablaos. She has appeared at the off-Broadway Theatre East and as a flamenco dancer on the CD of "Z" The Masked Musical. She has also studied ballet, modern, character, folk and Middle-Eastern dance.
Isabel Soler (dancer and co-director) founded Danzas Españolas with Barbara Romero in 1998. She studied flamenco, escuela bolera and neo-classical dance in NYC and in Spain with Antonio del Castillo, Mariano Parra, José Molina, Carmela Greco, Alejandro Granados and Jerane Michel. She studied ballet at the Joffrey Ballet and Washington Ballet Schools, jazz dance with Miguel Godreau and modern dance with Sabatino Verlezza with whom she has performed. Ms. Soler studies Indian Kathak dance with Najma Ayashah and studied Doumbek with Amir Naoum. She has performed with Romería Flamenca, Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Arts and at various tablaos in NY and NJ. Ms. Soler has appeared at off-Broadway's Theatre East and as a flamenco dancer on the CD, "Z" The Masked Musical.
Natalia Brillante (dancer) has trained in Escuela Bolera, neo-classical and flamenco with teachers such as José Molina, Mariano Parra and Jerane Michel. She apprenticed with The American Bolero Dance Company for two years and then was invited to dance with Danzas Españolas . While pursuing a B.A. in foreign languages at Hunter College, Ms. Brillante studied and performed with the Martha Graham Co., with several Isadora Duncan based companies and also trained in ballet. She performed Spanish dance with Danzas Españolas, Ballet Fiesta Mexicana Ybarra, Cuadro Romería Flamenca and is currently performing off-Broadway with Carmen "La Sala" in "Flamenco Extravaganza". She has taught children's classes at Ballet Academy East and for Discovery Programs NYC. She currently teaches and administrates at her own school and children's performing group, American Youth Dance Theater.
Carlos Fittante (dancer) is a graduate of the School of American Ballet and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Empire State College. In addition to his work in Spanish dance, Carlos is a specialist in Balinese and Baroque dance styles. He is the Artistic Director of BALAM Dance Theatre as well as a principle dancer with the company and is also on the faculty of the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, where he teaches Mask & Gesture and Movement for Actors. In addition to Carlos's work with Danzas Españolas and BALAM Dance Theatre, his extensive performing credits include New York Theatre Ballet, New York City Opera, Boston Early Music Festival and the New York Baroque Dance Company. He has performed at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Barbican Center and Suntory Hall. His work has been presented in the DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL, Queer Culture Festival, Queens Museum of Art, Washington University in St. Louis, and Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra to name a few. His extensive choreographed works and performances have received critical praise from the New York Times, Village Voice, Santa Barbara Independent, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Dance Magazine.
Mariano Parra (Artistic Advisor) is known in the dance world as the "Dance Doctor." A protégé of La Meri, Mr. Parra has had extensive experience in all forms of ethnic dance. He has taught, performed and lectured at Jacob's Pillow. He has lectured and performed at The Spanish Institute in New York City. He directed, choreographed and danced in his own company, "The Mariano Parra Spanish Dance Company" in New York City for over 25 years. After dissolving the company he dedicated his life to teaching and choreographing Spanish dance techniques. Mr. Parra has taught at The Joffrey School of Ballet, The American Ballet Theater School, The Alvin Ailey School, The Chautaqua Institute and at New York University. He has choreographed and/or been an artistic consultant for The José Molina Co., Carlota Santana, Andrea Del Conte and The American Bolero Dance Co. He currently teaches in NYC. www.marianoparra.com
Alfonso Mogaburo Cid (singer) was born and raised in Seville - the heartland of flamenco music. His mother, an amateur singer and his grandfather, a flamenco aficionado, were his earliest influences. In 1987 he joined the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena, one of the most significant flamenco clubs in Andalucia. In 1993 he co-founded Al Baño Maria, a resident group of the peña and, for four years, toured with it extensively. Mr. Cid received his classical training in flute and music theory at the Seville Conservatory. He moved to NYC in 1997 and since then has worked with Pilar Rioja, Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo and Andrea Del Conte's American Spanish Dance company just to name a few. He has performed at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall and Repertorio Español.
Naila Aziz (singer) is at home in both classical and folkloric repertoire. A native of Baku, Azerbaijan, Ms. Aziz is a popular and highly acclaimed performer. She completed music college qualified to teach piano, sight-singing and music literature and then graduated from the State University of Culture and Art with honors in musical theatre. She participated in many competitions and festivals in Moscow, Tbilisi, Erevan, Abinsk, Gelinger, Vitebsk, etc. Her popularity as a performer grew as she sang in the Day of Friendship concerts in both Yugoslavia and Turkey and appeared on Istanbul television. In 1986, Ms. Aziz recorded the song "Bayati" which became a classic hit and is still played on TV and on the radio. In 1987, she was a prize winner of the Moscow TV show, "Tovarish Pyesna" (Comrade Song). In 1995, her talents again won her a prize as composer of the best song about Azerbaijan. Her knowledge of Western classical music and Eastern traditional singing styles combined with her lovely soprano voice make Ms. Aziz an important part of Danzas Españolas. In addition, Ms. Aziz is a talented costume designer who has designed and made many of the company's costumes.
Carlos Martin Revollar (guitarist) was born and raised in New York City. He trained in with Dennis Koster, Luis Heredia and "Canito" Suarez. Mr. Revollar has performed with Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Arts, Andrea del Conte Danza España, Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, Maria Loretta Sol y Sombra and Karim Noack Flamenco Dream Company. He has performed at La MaMa E.T.C. at the Annex for the production of "Sotoba Komachi", off-Broadway's Theater East and Two River Theater Co.'s production of Lorca's "Blood Wedding" directed by Martin Santangelo. Mr. Revollar performs regularly at Xunta's Tapas Bar in NYC and at Las Tapas de España in NJ in addition to many other tablaos.
Ruslan Agababayev(pianist) was born in Baku, Azerbaijan where, from an early age, he showed a comprehensive musical talent. In addition to the piano, he also plays the flute, vibes and drums. He trained at the Azerbaijan Republic's Ministry of Education's special music school with V. E. Ravinsky and O. P. Sacvarelidze and at the Baku Musical Academy with E. Y. Safarova. In the United States Mr. Agababayev studied with A.Poley before enrolling into CCNY's BFM program where he currently studies composition with Prof. Deltredici. While in Azerbaijan, Mr. Agababayev won first place in the Golden Autumn Jazz Festival playing his own works and performed in a two part classical and jazz concert. He has toured extensively throughout the former Soviet Union, Germany, Turkey and Israel. In the U.S. he has performed in classical and jazz festivals where his own works, as well as his classical and jazz interpretations, were well received. In NYC he has played at such famous jazz clubs the Blue Note and Birdland in addition to performing at the great hall of Lincoln Center. At CCNY he won first prize for best undergraduate free-style composition, The Mark Brunswick Composition Award and, in 2000, the ASCAP Foundation Dreyfus/Warner-Chappell City College Scholarship for best composition. In March he won first prize for his composition for piano and orchestra which will be performed this April at the Mannes College of Music where Mr. Agagbabyev will also attend this fall.
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