SPOTLIGHT TALENT: BAILAORAS WHO WILL PERFORM AT OUR ALEGRIA VALENTINE’S EVENT

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Wendy Castellanos is versatile dancer and choreographer with a degree from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. For the past ten years Wendy has performed in the most prominent Flamenco Tablaos in the city, danced in various productions with the Los Angeles Opera and has even been a showgirl at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. She is available for private Flamenco dance lessons from her home studio in Glendale. For information contact her atwenmichca@gmail.com . 
 
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1185411_178192192363060_1592042093_n(1) KRISTELLE MONTERROSA

After twelve years of dance training, a solid performing arts high school education and four years of Theater Arts at the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kristelle landed in the hills of Hollywood. LA’s generosity has led to several short film awards in 2011 and a Stage Scene LA 2012 choreography award for her staged scene changes in the hit premiere of “Sideways The Play” directed by Amelia Mulkey at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica.

As a professional Flamenco dancer, Kristelle performs and teaches all over California and is currently developing with her partner Jenifer Guzman a Flamenco documentary on the power of this artform to be passed along from mentor to student as a catalyst for deep transformation. Together they hope to grasp the essence of this Flamenco and treasure it’s artistic value through film. From upbeat in her national commercials for Verizon, Delta, Southern Careers Institute, Oliver People’s and Jack in the Box, to wildly passionate and no non-sense in her flamenco and theatrical performances worldwide, Kristelle’s breadth of expression and her deep artistic sensitivity can be appreciated in all her endeavors. Her ability to speak 4 languages, play castanets, do professional magic shows, make salvadorean pupusas and dance austrian polka with a smile have given her not only one mission in life but many. Kristelle wishes above all to create authentic paths to communication, with the most powerful tool she knows – LOVE. 

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Marcela Aguayo has been studying different dance forms for over 10 years. She has studied and performed with some of the top performers in the Los Angeles flamenco community. Marcela started with flamenco and branched out to other dance forms such as ballet, modern and jazz. In 2002 she relocated to Albuquerque New Mexico to study at the University of New Mexico and the Flamenco conservatory with the Encinias Family. At the World Festival of Sacred Music 2008, Marcela performed alongside Briseyda Zarate and Jesus Montoya at the Fountain Theatre. In 2009 Zarates’ Flamencura she performed as an Arte y Corazon company member at the Bootleg theatre. She was also a dancer in Flamenco Loves Tango at the Wilshire Ebell theatre. San Diego singer/dancer Reyes Barrios has invited her to dance with her company Espiritu Flamenco at Tango Del Rey as well as Tijuana, Mexico. Marcela performs at tablaos around southern California. In 2012 Marcela spent 7 months studying in Sevilla, Spain where she studied baile extensively while attending University classes at the Universidad de Sevilla as well as performed in a local tablao. At the Santa Ana College faculty dance concert in 2010 she co-choreographed with Ricardo Chavez and taught flamenco for the 2012-2013 school year at the Orange County Performing Arts High School along with him as well.  

 

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