"Help Bourassa Dance Bring Master Flamenco Artists to Maine"

"Help Bourassa Dance Bring Master Flamenco Artists to Maine"

From Lindsey Bourassa

Bourassa Dance is asking for financial support to cover artist-teaching fees, accommodations, and travel expenses for master flamenco artists to share their art and knowledge here in Maine

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Update #4

11 days ago

We are in our last day of fundraising! Thank you SO much to all who have donated. I am honored to have been supported so generously!

There is just about $500 left to raise... could I ask you to share this with your friends, family, colleagues, and fellow artists to see if we can come closer to our goal and support all 5 flamenco artists through 5 performances, 4 days of workshops, accommodation, travel and the sharing of beautiful artistry right here in Maine?!

THANK YOU!

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Greetings, 

Year after year, the Portland-based flamenco arts venture Bourassa Dance strives to bring more and more quality flamenco to Maine. This year, Bourassa Dance is hosting and organizing master flamenco shows and workshops in October and November with artists: dancer Miguel Vargas, singers Bárbara Martínez and Ale Cano, guitarist Cristian Puig, and local flamenco dancer Lindsey Bourassa. 

In order to host these phenomenal artists, Bourassa Dance is looking for financial support for the artist’s travel expenses, as well as for artist's teaching fees, rehearsals, and accommodation needs, to allow for each artist to be adequately supported to travel and stay in Maine and to ensure this level of flamenco continues here for years to come. We are looking to raise $1,875 in donations from our community, all of which will go directly toward supporting these artists throughout their workshops on November 14th - 17th and through their performances on October 18th, 19th, and 20th and November 22nd and 23rd organized by Bourassa Dance Flamenco Arts Company of Portland, Maine. Full Details at BourassaDance.com. 

Please consider supporting this endeavor by making a donation of any size, every little bit helps! All who donate will receive a receipt stating the guarantee of funds. Please understand that Bourassa Dance is not a non-profit organization and therefore cannot offer tax deductions for donations. Bourassa Dance is a flamenco arts endeavor, run by individual artist Lindsey Bourassa, who strives to build the flamenco arts community in Maine to be the best it can be and to help enrich Maine’s performing arts sector as one of the best in the country.   

With Gratitude,  

Lindsey Bourassa 

BourassaDance.com | Info@BourassaDance.com

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About the Artists: 

Based in Portland, Maine, Lindsey Bourassa is a flamenco dancer, choreographer, and the founding director of Bourassa Dance Company and Studio of Portland, Maine, where she teaches Flamenco Arts. Lindsey received her Master of Flamencology Degree from ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) in 2019; her Bachelor of Cultural Dance Studies from Goddard College (USA) in 2009, with a specialization in flamenco and salsa; and her Certificate of Professionalization in Flamenco Arts at El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla (Spain) in 2012. She has dedicated herself to the study of flamenco since 2004, studying in Spain, France, Canada, and the United States with flamencos such as Miguel Vargas, Esperanza and Curro Fernandez, Carmen Ledesma, La Choni, and Ursula Lopez, among many others. She has taught and performed in both Spain and the United States with national and international flamenco artists. Lindsey is the recipient of the 2019 Mission Award, Mayo Street Arts; 2018 New England Dance Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts; 2017 Continuing Education Grant, New Ventures Maine; 2016 Project Grant, Maine Arts Commission; 2013 Visibility Grant, Maine Arts Commission; 2011 Good Idea Grant, Maine Arts Commission. 

Miguel Vargas is a flamenco dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Sevilla, Spain. He is the of the Miguel Vargas Flamenco Dance Theatre and the Center of Art and Flamenco of Sevilla, Spain. He has performed and taught globally and is one of the greatest exponents of flamenco dance worldwide. Miguel began his career in Spain, dancing in the most renowned of Seville, Los Gallos. He has worked alongside artists such as Manuela Carrasco and Mario Maya, has performed before the King and Queen of Spain in the inaugural Winter Sports World Championships in Granada in 1996, and has performed throughout Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East in venues such as the New York Lincoln Center and the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, among countless others. 

Singer Bárbara Martínez grew up performing in New York City. Originally from Venezuela, she comes from a lineage of Argentinian tango singers, including her grandmother Morenita Rey and great-aunt Libertad Lamarque. For almost 20 years Bárbara has worked as a dancer and singer with several flamenco dance companies, as well as productions of Carmen and La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, where she also sang as a child.

In 2010, Barbara performed to a house at Carnegie Hall/Weill, singing an eclectic repertoire of flamenco, Latin and world music with a magnificent group of musicians. She has appeared in the documentary “Sobre Las Olas – A Story of Flamenco in the U.S.” by Carolina Loyola-Garcia and the photography exhibit entitled “100 Years of Flamenco in New York” at the NY Performing Arts Library. 

Singer Ale Cano is an artist and scholar who is driven by passion and the love of art. He has worked in theaters, concert halls and , both as a soloist and accompanist, performing in Seville, Tenerife, and across the US and Argentina where he performs ‘ a compás’ (rhythmic songs) with mastery, singing in a manner that is primal and visceral; songs that leave the soul as if it were for the last time. 

Guitarist Cristian Puig was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, into a family of flamenco artists including his mother, flamenco singer Gloria Monreal, and his father, flamenco guitarist Pablo Puig. When he was 19 years old, Cristian began his studies in classical guitar at the conservatory of Manuel de Falla. Soon he took classes in flamenco guitar with Quique de Cordoba and furthered his studies in jazz, bossa nova and contemporary music with various teachers. Based in New York, he performs nationally and internationally as one of the most sought after flamenco guitarists residing in the US. 

BOURASSA DANCE

Founded by Lindsey Bourassa in 2013, Bourassa Dance is a flamenco arts company and studio in Portland, Maine, providing flamenco classes, workshops, and performances by local, national and international flamenco artists. The flamenco community in Maine is slowly, but surely growing strong. More and more dancers of all ages are joining to learn this art form, creating a sense of community, an important and empowering artistic outlet, and a new form of expression for and in Maine. 

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Lindsey Bourassa posted a new update:
11 days ago

Update #4

We are in our last day of fundraising! Thank you SO much to all who have donated. I am honored to have been supported so generously!

There is just about $500 left to raise... could I ask you to share this with your friends, family, colleagues, and fellow artists to see if we can come closer to our goal and support all 5 flamenco artists through 5 performances, 4 days of workshops, accommodation, travel and the sharing of beautiful artistry right here in Maine?!

THANK YOU!

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Lindsey Bourassa posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #3

Thank you to ALL who have donated through this platform and personally. I am SO grateful. There are 22 days left to go. Please share with your friends and loved ones, art lovers, dance lovers, and community builders. Gracias!!!

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Lindsey Bourassa posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #2

Hello!

There has been a bit of an update on this season. Miguel Vargas and Ale Cano's artist visas have been delayed, meaning they will not be able to travel to the US until November for workshops and performances. This means that this fund now will support a 5th artist - singer Bárbara Martínez from NY/Venezuela to perform with Cristian Puig and Lindsey Bourassa in the October performances at Mayo Street Arts. This also means that travel costs now are international for Miguel and Ale, who will be traveling from Seville directly to Boston for their Maine workshops and performances in November. With these changes, these funds are needed more than ever. However, Bourassa Dance also understands if you prefer to revoke your support due to such changes. If you do, please be in touch with Lindsey at Info@BourassaDance.com.

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Bourassa Dance

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Lindsey Bourassa posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

We have hit 25% of our goal in just 14 days! Thank you to all who have donated. Remember, if you have donated $100 or more, you receive a free class!! Get in touch at Info@BourassaDance.com to sign up!

Please help spread the word so we can reach more people to support flamenco in Maine! Thank you <3

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