Carlos Ayala (Guitarist)
Born 1966 in La Macarena, a quarter of Seville renowned for producing some of the greatest flamenco artists. At the age of eleven Carlos started playing in various dance schools in Seville and accompanying singers. He was soon working professionally in Spain’s best known tablaos and sharing the stage with artists such as Lola Flores, Marifé de Triana and Paco Toronjo.
His busy career has included European and Japanese tours, private parties for the king and queen of Spain and many television appearances. Through the powerful, rhythmical quality of his playing, he has become the first choice as accompanist for many leading dancers.
Ana Mª Blanco (Dancer)
Born 1966, Seville, into a family with a long history of flamenco artists, she soon began to assimilate the complex rhythms of flamenco and later attended various dance schools in Seville for more formal training.
In 1983 she was awarded first prize for her dance interpretations in the national competition ‘Gente Joven’ on Spanish television. Since then she has featured in tablaos and flamenco festivals throughout Spain and has also performed in Europe with various dance companies.
Juan Reina (Singer)
Born 1950 in Seville. At the age of ten he began singing professionally and was soon performing at the tablao ‘Corral de La Morería’, Madrid. He later joined the Curro Velez dance company ‘Fiesta Gitana’ on tour in the UK. In 1998, he returned to London for six weeks with ‘Campanas Flamencas’.
During his long career he has worked with all of Spain’s most renowned flamenco dancers such as Mario Maya, Farruco, Matilde Coral, Merche Esmeralda, and Antonio El Pipa. He has won many awards for singing, most recently at the ‘Festival del Cante de las Minas’ in La Unión (Murcia).
Adolfo Vega (Dancer)
Born 1974 in Triana, Seville. After formal training in Spanish classical dance at the Real Conservatorio de Sevilla, he continued his flamenco studies in Seville with several renowned dance teachers including Manolo Marín, El Mimbre, Mario Maya, Farruco and José Galván and in Madrid with El Güito and Ciros. He has performed in many tablaos in Seville and Madrid and at Seville’s ‘Bienal de Flamenco’ with the dance companies of Mario Maya, Javier Barón and Manolo Marín with which he also toured worldwide. During a busy career appearing as principal dancer in many international festivals throughout Europe, Japan and the USA he has also found time to teach at Mario Maya’s dance school in Granada and other centres throughout Europe.
Stunning footwork and an accute sense of rhythm combined with elegant style and inspired improvisation has produced a charismatic performer and one of the most spectacular and captivating flamenco dancers of recent years.
Mª José Leon (Dancer)
Born 1984 in Ecija (Seville). The fifth generation from a family of flamenco artists, Mª José began singing and dancing at the age of four. She studied in Seville with various dance teachers including Matilde Coral and José Galván and at thirteen toured Holland with ‘Fiesta Gitana’. In 2002, she was principal dancer with the acclaimed production ‘Contrabandista’ at Seville’s ‘Bienal de Flamenco’ and has toured Spain with her own company achieving many awards. Her charismatic stage presence, vibrant choreography and formidable technique combined with a deep respect for the roots of flamenco have won praise from both the public and flamenco critics as well as inspiring other dancers of her own generation.
El Inglés (Guitarist)
Born 1954. He began studying the flamenco guitar with several renowned guitarists from Seville and later in the dance schools of Manolo Marín and Matilde Coral. For many years he taught flamenco guitar in Seville, visiting Britain each year to give recitals and appearing as a soloist on both Spanish and British radio and TV.
He has also played in the tablao ‘Los Gallos’ in Seville and in many of the more important flamenco festivals in Andalucia such as ‘El Potaje de Utrera’ and ‘El gazpacho de Morón’.