Felipe de Algeciras as principal dancer and choreographer.
Felipe de Algeciras
Carmela Romero Co-principal dancer of "Alma".Carmela is no
stranger to stage and screen, having appeared at the Swan Theatre, Stratford,
Opera House, Covent Garden, The Royal Albert Hall, and in numerous television
productions and feature films including Alan Parker's Evita starring Madonna
and James Horner's Mask of Zorro Starring Antonio Banderas together with Felipe
de Algeciras and Tito Heredia.
Ruiz Ramón was born in Granada to an Andalucian mother who encouraged
his love for music from an early age. He took up the guitar at 16 and by 20
had acquired enough fundaments to perceive his true passion, flamenco guitar.
In 1998 he was accepted to work in "Los Gallos" flamenco tablao, in the heart
of the Barrio de Santa Cruz in Seville (one of the most prestigious tablaos
in Spain), where he performed with world-class dancers and singers such as Juana
Amaya, Isabel Bayon, El Moro and Manuel Mairena. On the brink of a promising
career Ramon started to feel curiosity for other forms of artistic expression.
Continued exploration into these issues led him to study new forms of music
such as Jazz, Latin American and to perform with the extravagant award-winning
show "Ole" as musician, actor and comedian.
Felipe de Algeciras Born in Algeciras Felipe
started dancing at the age of 13. In his late teens he founded and became chief
choreographer for "El Grupo Soleá". He first came to London in 1991 where he
performed at the Shaw Theatre. Following his debut in England Felipe has gone
on to dance at Sadlers Wells, the House of Commons and has appeared with the
English National Opera at London's Coliseum. Felipe's powerful footwork can
be heard throughout the sound track for the film "The Mask of the Zorro" staring
Antonio Banderas and most recently has launched his own company "Alma".
García Born in Valdepeñas, La Mancha. Ana started her dance studies
at an early age when she attended classes at her local dance school. Ana took
her exams on Classical Ballet and Spanish dance at Malaga's Conservatoire. Later
on she realised she wanted to make Flamenco her career and embarked on her committed
studies with some of the great names of Flamenco as Maria Magdalena, La Chiqui
de Jerez, Adrian Galia, Rafaela Carrasco, Eva La Yerbabuena, etc. in Madrid,
Seville and Jerez. Ana has been teaching successfully in England since 1993
an has a wealth experience with adults and children.
She is in great demand as a teacher and as a performer. Ana has been a regular
guest teacher at Birmingham University (drama & dance department), in Chester,
London, Banbury, Gloucester, Bristol, Nottingham, Derby and Birmingham. At present,
Ana has just started performing with her new Flamenco dance company, "Alma",
alongside Felipe de Algeciras one of the best Flamenco performers of our time
Felipe de Algeciras
Villalobos From La Linea, Andalucía. From an early age Jasmine discover
that she was able to follow different rhythms (compass) in Flamenco music and
dance and also learnt various styles (palos) of the music. She always sung and
danced at reunions, such as family gatherings, parties and peñas (Spanish flamenco
clubs). Jasmine transition, therefore, into the professional field has been
a natural progression. She has been singing professionally for approximately
6 years in theatres, festivals and peñas through Europe. As well as working
with "Alma" Jasmine has recently worked with Grupo Maya and Marcial Heredia
from Granada, and Luis de la Tota from Jerez
Heredia is an Andalucian gypsy born in Algeciras, near Gibraltar
and was educated in Madrid and London. With a family background of flamenco
music, his uncle a singer and his cousins guitarists, he started his career
when he was only eleven years old. Unable to read music he learned the correct
fingering for the guitar fro a diagram drawn in the back of a cigarette packet
by a veteran flamenco player. At the age of eighteen he won a scholarship to
Madrid University, where he graduated as an architect. However, he then decided
he was more interested in the intricacies of virtuoso guitar playing than elevations,
plans, and blueprints!. Although he plays classical guitar, Tito is chiefly
interested in Flamenco Music - "It has the tragic intensity of life"- he says.
Tito has played throughout Spain, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, The United
States and Australia. He has accompanied Trader Fanlkner in "Lorca" at the Lyric,
and Donmar Theatres in London. He has also appeared on television with Frankie
Howard, Dave Allen, Benny Hill and Clio Laine. We can also hear Tito's guitar
in the Mask of Zorro soundtrack..