La Magdalena is a flamenco teaching artist and performer based in Washington, D.C.
When not teaching, performing, or choreographing in the greater Washington, D.C. area, La Magdalena can be found dancing "por fiesta" on the streets of her second home in Seville, Spain.
In the mid 90’s, Magdalena helped revive the NYC Flamenco scene, cutting her teeth on stage at local Manhattan venues such as Alegrías, Ñ, Kaña and Xunta. Since then she has performed various dance companies and taught Visiting Artist workshops across the U.S.
On tradition, La Magdalena is inspired by her own first mentors, and is best known for her traditional style which focuses on the grace, majesty, rhythm and musicality of flamenco.
She integrates her unique artistic and educational training into an exciting study program for people of all ages and backgrounds.
La Magdalena has been inspiring audience members and students alike for over 25 years.
LA MAESTRA - THE TEACHING ARTIST
In 2013, La Magdalena moved with her family from NYC to Washington D.C.
Inspired by her little dancing daughter, she then created Flamenco 4 Kids!™ to serve children and teens in the area. To date, as a teaching artist, she has worked with private and public schools as as well as hundreds of local families.
Over the years, La Magdalena's countless activities have have grown into a community-based endeavor called Dance Flamenco DC, which brings the sights, sounds and movements of Andalucía to the DMV.
Magdalena is known for her focus on the rhythm and musicality of flamenco dance. She expertly weaves extensive knowledge of the craft with her academic background in education and social services.
Magdalena is a teacher at heart, dedicated to students and the exciting journey of learning.
LA magdalena - Awards
DC Arts and Humanities Fellowship (2023)
DC Collaborative Teaching Artist Fellowship (2022)
Field Trips Grant Panelist Commission on the Arts and Humanities (2022)
Dance Institute of Washington HIspanic Heritage (2021)
Sitar Arts Center Early Childhood Professional Development (2020)
Coached opera singer Janara Kellerman in preparation for Carmen, NYC Opera (2009)
Artist in Residence: Awarded space and production grant from The Field NYC (2009)
Featured in documentary "Flamenco: Here and There" by Lisa Katzman (2008)
Recorded with internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Antony & the Johnsons (2007)
Awarded grant from Fractured Atlas for work as an independent performance artist (2006)
Choreographer at HERE Art Center “Culture-mart” Series (2005)
Your presence brings me back to the time I visited Sevilla.
Thank you for your "flamenco spirit" which clearly resonates with your audiences.