Carmen Ledesma returns!

Direct from Spain, flamenco dancer Carmen Ledesma returns to Edmonton for workshops from November 22nd – 24th, 2019! A featured artist at the first Edmonton Flamenco Festival in 2017, she is a favourite of audiences and students alike.

With funding from the Alberta Dance Alliance – Community Workshop Series , we are collaborating with Flamenco with Jane to bring this workshop about. Here on only her second visit to Canada, also stopping in Toronto – it is a thrill to present another opportunity to study with Carmen in Edmonton.

About Carmen:

Carmen began her artistic career when she was only four years old, winning the prize of Galas Juveniles and being a disciple of Enrique El Cojo. In 1970 she made her professional debut in her hometown, and the following year she toured South America for six months. After this, she began her participation in Andalusian festivals and the flamenco’s most prominent tablaos, alternating them with different artistic tours through out Europe, America and Asia, often together with Curro Vélez, in the Fiesta Gitana group.

As an artist of wide repertoire, she is considered one of the most significant interpreters of today. She has collaborated with the indisputable talents of the flamenco world such as Camarón de la Isla, Pansequito del Puerto and El Lebrijano, among others.

Workshops are open to the public. Some previous flamenco experience required.

More information can be found at this link

Announcing our 2020 Festival Dates!

In this update

  • 2020 Festival dates!
  • Photos from our 2019 mainstage show
  • Festival Sponsor MarrMac Dance

2020 Festival

Save the date! Our 2020 festival will take place from March 12th – 15th. The mainstage show, featuring guest artists from Spain, takes place at the Winspear Centre on March 13th. Tickets will become available when we announce our artists later this year. Workshops with our guest artists will take place on March 14th and 15th.

Photos from our 2019 mainstage show – Tierra Flamenca

Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernandez
© Marc J Chalifoux Photography

Did you catch this year’s show featuring the Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernández Flamenco Company on April 12th at the Winspear? Photographer Marc J. Chalifoux captured some stunning images for us. Have a look over on our Flickr page of 2019 Festival Highlights

Festival Sponsor MarrMac Dance

We are so grateful for the continued support of MarrMac Dance. A vibrant force in the Edmonton dance scene since 1968, MarrMac offers a great line up of classes for all ages including Adult Tap, Ballet & Highland classes – all drop in! Click here for a look at their current studio offerings.

Announcing our Festival Weekend Workshops!

Information on our workshops in dance and song has just been posted! Weekend workshops take place with our international guest artists on April 13th and 14th.

Weekend cante classes are for all levels. Dance students should have a minimum of one session of flamenco with any teacher as a foundation for the Introductory level dance classes.

Dancers, we have had a lot of interest from dancers in Edmonton and other cities in Canada and anticipate high registration levels. Class sizes are limited and we encourage you to register early so you don’t miss out.

Information and Registration can be found at this link.

Looking for guitar classes? Please contact our Guitar Coordinator Jim Findlay: guitar@edmontonflamencofestival.com

Looking for private or semi-private classes? Please contact us directly to arrange: workshops@edmontonflamencofestival.com

Coming in from out of town? Festival partner the Chateau Lacombe offers Festival guests a special discounted room rate. Click here for information.

Chateau Lacombe logo

Our fundraiser weekend is here!

Our fundraiser weekend is upon us!

Workshops (Nov 30 – Dec 2) – This year’s festival fundraiser weekend features workshops in flamenco song and dance with Stephanie Pedraza. Dance classes require a bit of past experience as a pre-requisite but all levels are welcome in the cante class. Workshop Information at this link.

Performance (Dec 1) – Cafe Blackbird presents Stephanie Pedraza
We’re taking a break this year from our fundraiser flamenco performance but there is still an evening of live music with Stephanie Pedraza on Saturday, December 1st. Did you know that apart from being a flamenco dancer and singer, Stephanie is also a singer/songwriter? Her original musical compositions are an honest  reflection of her rich latin-american background, her experience growing up in Cali-Colombia and a perfect blend of traditional latin rhythms, root, rock,pop as well as English and Spanish lyrics. She’ll be performing a non-flamenco acoustic evening at Cafe Blackbird here in Edmonton on December 1st with a portion of the proceeds going to support our festival. Tickets ($15) at this link.

 

Congratulations to Calgary flamenco guitartist Holly Blazina on being nominated for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year for her debut album “Transcendencia” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards! She’s been featured in the Calgary Herald today.

Did you attend our 2016 fundraiser performance “Flamenco at the AGA”? You may have caught Holly in action as she was our guest guitarist that year.

Feliz Día del Flamenco – Happy Flamenco Day!

© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2018

Feliz Día del Flamenco – Happy Flamenco Day! Commemorating the day Flamenco was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010 (www.unesco.org).

Upcoming! Fall Fundraiser weekend – Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2018

Workshops – This year’s festival fundraiser weekend features workshops in flamenco song and dance with Stephanie Pedraza. Dance classes require a bit of past experience as a pre-requisite but all levels are welcome in the cante class. Workshop Information at this link.

Performance – We’re taking a break this year from our fundraiser flamenco performance but there is still an evening of live music with Stephanie Pedraza on December 1st. Did you know that apart from being a flamenco dancer and singer, Stephanie is also a singer/songwriter? Her original musical compositions are an honest  reflection of her rich latin-american background, of her experience growing up in Cali-Colombia and a perfect blend of traditional latin rhythms, root, rock,pop as well as English and Spanish lyrics. She’ll be performing a non-flamenco acoustic evening at Cafe Blackbird here in Edmonton on December 1st with a portion of the proceeds going to support our festival. Tickets at this link.