JOSE CORTES - Dancer
Jose Cortés is a 'bailaor gaditano' born and bred in Cadiz. He was educated and trained at the Conservatorio Profesional de Cadiz, the Pilar Ogalla and Charo Cruz dance schools and has also taken advance courses with Javier Latorre, Juan Ogalla and Mercedes Ruiz. In 2003 he was winner of the esteemed national Alegrías competition at the famous Peña de Perla in Cadiz whilst only 16 years old, his outstanding talent having already been spotted aged 11 in 1998, when he was a finalist in the TV talent programme Veo Veo. Not only has he performed in several distinguished Flamenco dance companies, including with Manolo Carrasco he has also performed in several music theatre productions such as Anderson, Jesus Christ Superstar and Mowgli in which he played the leading role. He has danced in several music videos for Vale music and made several appearances in a well-loved TV series on Canal Sur television.
CARMEN LA TICO - Singer
Carmen La Tico, who also hails from Cadiz, has recently been singing with 'Flameno en Route' and the Carmen Mota dance company having spent several seasons honing her craft at the famous Tablao Flamenco Cordobes in Barcelona and at the Tablao El Flamenco in Osaka, Japan. She is currently working with the Maria Jose Franco dance company.
EL CAÑEJO - Singer
Juan Francisco Rodríguez Rubio 'El Cañejo' (or El Kañejo) was born in the fishing village of Barbate, Cadiz. He started singing from a young age, influenced by his grandmother who sang to him from the day he was born. He works as a tuna fisherman in the 'Almadraba' when the tuna migrate from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean but his passion has always been Flamenco. Through his appearances singing in local bars and Peñas, at communions, weddings and Ferias, his popularity has grown and he is now to be found singing at top venues in Madrid, Russia, Japan and even Norway in 2017 alone! He always returns to his life as a fisherman and can still be heard delighting the community with his memorable voice back home at his local haunts.
MARI ANGELES - Dancer and dance teacher
Mari Angeles Pérez Román is a true 'flamenca gaditana' who has studied with some of the best teachers after her formal education at el Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Cadiz, including Antonio Canales, Javier Latorre along with artists such as Eva Yerbabuena, Mario Mayo, Israel Galván, Yolanda Heredia and Alejandro Granados. She was 'el pregón' of the Cadiz Carnival (i.e led the opening ceremony) for three consecutive years and has appeared in many Tablaos in Barcelona, Madrid and Cadiz and performed overseas in France, Morrocco and China. In 2009 she was the only Flamenco dancer to hold a doctorate in Flamenco from the university of Seville which led to her influential role judging the prestigious national Flamenco dance competition, held annually at La Perla de Cadiz. She now teaches in Cadiz and performs regularly in her native province.
CUFFY CUTHBERTSON - Guitarist and guitar teacher
Cuffy Cuthbertson, originally from Glasgow, began playing guitar from an early age and when Flamenco entered his life, it soon took over! He studied under Tito Heredia, Paco Serrano and Gerardo Nuñez and has aqcquired an extraordinary level of technique. He tours internationally with singer Yasmin Levy as well as playing with his band 'Flamenco Loco' around the South West UK. He also teaches Flamenco guitar at the Spanish Guitar Centre, Bristol.
ANETA - Dancer and dance teacher
Aneta, originally from Poland, discovered her passion for dance as a child but Flamenco captured her soul and led her to follow its path to Spain, where she learnt from renowned teachers at Amor de Dios in Madrid and La Truco, Antonio Canales and La Lupi in Andalusia. Aneta's expressive style has bought together many influences from east and west, a fusion representing her life long journey through different countries. Aneta also teaches Flamenco in Taunton.
JAIME CANTERA - Guitarist, singer, percussionist
Jaime Cantera (Jimi Can) is a Bristol-based Spanish-Cuban multi talented performer. He writes songs, plays guitar, percussion and more and absorbs influences from different world music styles such as afro, latin, gypsy, reggae or pop. For the last few years he has been developing his gift for the cante (Flamenco song) delivering an authentic and passionate response to the letras (words) and music and is a leading member of the band 'Flamenco Loco'.
KOSTKA GARCIA - Guitarist, guitar and drums teacher, vocals, percussion
Kostka Garcia, originally from Northern Spain but now living in South West UK, developed his interest in Flamenco playing with Cuffy Cuthbertson in 'Calima' a Bristol Flamenco ensemble in the nineties, and has since been a regular collaborator in 'Flamenco Loco' sharing vocals and percussion with Jaime Cantera. Kostka is also a Rockschool examiner and guitar and drums tutor.
ADRIÁN BRENES - Dancer, teacher, choreographer
Adrián Brenes is one of the rising stars of Flamenco. Born in Conil, Cadiz, he began dancing at eight, studying with the famous 'La Truco' and has since trained with some of the most famous names, winning numerous awards for Alegrías and Sevillanas along the way. He is the author of a unique individual style in which the assertive energy of the male dance (traditionally focused on the legs and feet) is channelled through the entire body, creating a joyous explosion of passion and charisma. He has worked as a professional Flamenco dancer since 2012.
Adrián is now based in Madrid where his reputation continues to grow, with performances at Casa Patas and other famous venues. He has forged strong links with the UK, dancing with Flamenco Express (London) and Alba Flamenca (Edinburgh). In September 2015, he spent a season with the London Royal Opera, Covent Garden in their production of Carmen and in June 2016, performed and taught at various venues around Mexico City.
Adrián is a skilled and sensitive teacher with considerable experience. He speaks fluent english and has taught in London, Scotland, Gloucestershire and South Wales. When not performing, he teaches Flamenco at the Instituto La Truco in Madrid.
MARISA SAINZ - Singer and dance teacher
Born in the Flamenco heartland of San Fernando, Marisa is an all-round performer who can dance as well as she sings. She trained at the Seville Dance Conservatory and has taken classes with some of the best flamenco dancers over the past twenty years. She now combines singing with dance teaching and is recognised as one of Flamenco's most capable and original female singers with appearances all over Spain.
Her dance school is one of the most famous in Andalusia, recently featured in the German TV series 'Tansalarm.'
MARÍA PARDO - Dancer and dance teacher
Maria was born in Cadiz in 1989 and began dancing at five. She later became part of the Paca Briceño Folk Dance Ballet, appearing in many national and international festivals. At sixteen, she entered the Conservatorio Maribel Gallardo in Cadiz as a full-time student of Flamenco before gaining a Master of Music degree at the University of Madrid. Maria has danced and choreographed numerous Flamenco shows in Spain and overseas and recently produced two shows for children. She is a regular performer on renowned Madrid stages and in 2015 was runner-up in the National Alegrías competition at the famous La Perla de Cadiz.
Maria is a talented teacher. She is employed by the music school Educo-Musico as advisor on the professional development of dance teachers and is responsible for dance at the music school Aula-Sonora in Madrid.
DAVID CUEVAS ESPINOSA - Guitarist and guitar teacher
David is a Flamenco guitarist and composer from Cadiz. He has performed with many well-known artists in Madrid and Cadiz, acting as musical director and guitarist for numerous Flamenco tours and events. He has also composed music for several leading artists, including Andy Lucas and Maria Carrasco and has contributed to recordings for Sony ATV and Warner recording companies.
David's personal style is complex, ranging from lyrical delicacy to a driving intensity, characteristic of the best Flamenco guitar. His inventiveness and skill make him a great accompanist, as well as a thrilling soloist. He is also an experienced and inspiring teacher.
JESÚS CASTILLA - Singer
Jesús, from San Fernando, Cadiz, was born in to a traditional Flamenco family where his talent was apparent from an early age. He went on to study with leading teachers in his area, absorbing the work of Flamenco ‘greats’, especially the legendary ‘Camarón de la Isla’ as he defined his own unforgettable style.
Performing in an impressive range of genres, he has won numerous prizes and awards in Andalusia, most recently in the Camarón de la Isla Memorial competition and the prestigious National Competition of Three Songs in Madrid and has shared stages with some of Flamenco's leading performers.
He is a singer of character with a powerful, poignant voice and a comprehensive knowledge of Flamenco style, particularly the songs of his native Cadiz. He can equally perform solos, work in a group or accompany dance and has performed in Morocco, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, England, Ireland, India and the United States, as well as in some of the most renowned theatres of Spain.
In August 2015, he released his first recording 'La Voz de Mi Alma' (The Voice of my Soul) to both critical and commercial acclaim.