Bourassa Dance is asking for financial support to cover artist-teaching fees, accommodations, and travel expenses for master flamenco artists from Spain and Argentina to share their art and knowledge here in Maine
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, singer 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 $2,200 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.
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 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.
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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