Ilisa Rosal, Director · Dancers · Singers · Guitarists
Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Founder & Artistic Director of Ballet Flamenco La Rosa and PAN, Performing Arts Network.
Ms. Rosal is an innovator in her art form, having created over one hundred pieces in the pure Flamenco style as well as cross-cultural collaborations and full-length dramatic Flamenco Ballets. She trained most of the working Flamenco dancers in Miami, many of whom have gone on to form their own performing groups. Under her guidance, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa has come to be respected as one of the finest companies in Florida, consistently performing to sell-out crowds, standing ovations and rave reviews.
Ms. Rosal’s training included extensive study in Spain with Ciro, El Guito, La Tati, Azorin, Manolete, Paco Fernandez, Mercedes and Albano, Jose Granero, and Paco Romero. In 1981 Miss Rosal studied in New York with Jose Molina (Flamenco & Classical Spanish), Mariano Parra (Escuela Bolera), Jeanne Brescianni (Isadora Duncan Technique), Rajika Puri (Bharat Natyam) & Charles Moore (African Dance). From 1975-1980 Miss Rosal studied Spanish Dance with Luisita Sevilla & Jose Molina. She trained intensively in Classical Ballet with Susan Stadler & Modern/Jazz (Luigi Technique) with Beatrice Laverne. She studied drama at the University of Miami and Classical Ballet in N.Y. with David Howard & Nanette Charisse.
From 1980-85, Ms. Rosal toured in Spain & France with various Flamenco groups and in the U.S with the Spanish Ballets of Paco del Puerto and Paco Montes. She performed with Jose Molina in N.Y. and was a guest teacher at Fairmount Center for the Performing Arts in Ohio, choreographing six flamenco works for their Spanish Dance Company. During her time in Spain and N.Y., Miss Rosal was sought after as a coach for flamenco dancers and choreographed solos for many individual artists. Manolete, one of the most respected flamenco professionals in Spain, invited her to teach formal ballet technique to local gypsy artists at his school in Granada. From 1975-1980 she taught ballet and Spanish dance at Miami South Ridge Senior High (a magnet school for the artistically gifted), Temple Beth Shalom’s Fine Arts School, and the Susan Stadler Academy. Her earlier experience also included regular performances in community theatre, both as an actor and a dancer, where she was featured in lead roles in The Diary of Anne Frank, Milk and Honey and Fiddler on the Roof, as well as an apprenticeship with The Players Repertory Theatre, a professional acting company based in Miami. Ms Rosal wrote original lyrics for a production of Mice and Men for The Ring Theater, and created an original dance version of Camelot for The Miami Beach High School Community Theater.
Ms. Rosal created and implemented an outreach program to schools and libraries with lecture/demonstrations and performances called “Dance Reach”. She also is the Founder and Executive Director of PAN, Performing Arts Network. Ms. Rosal has received three State of Florida Choreographer’s Fellowships, and three Dance Miami Choreographers Fellowships from the Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs. She has spoken and performed at The National Dance Guild Conference and The Vail International Dance Festival. She choreographed and danced the lead role in The Palm Beach Opera production of Carmen and the Florida Shakespeare Festival production of “The Phantom Lady”. Ms. Rosal spent three years on the faculty of the Harid Conservatory.
In 1985 Ilisa Rosal founded and became the Artistic Director of Ballet Flamenco La Rosa. In addition to its regular concert season and national guest appearances, the company has been invited to perform at major local events such as Ocean Dance, Pow Wow, Arts a la Carte, Coconut Grove Orchid Festival, Miami Beach Arts Festival, The Miami Beach Dance Festival, the Miami Dance Festival and the Florida Dance Festival. In July 2000, Ilisa Rosal produced and performed in a pure flamenco concert with Flamenco legend Manolete and his musicians for a sold out house at the Jackie Gleason Theatre. The performance received standing ovations and three encores. This production was also presented in Vail, Colorado for the prestigious Vail International Dance Festival. This successful collaboration with Manolete was followed by “Encuentro” in 2005. This Middle-Eastern/Flamenco collaboration premiered with great success at The Coconut Grove Playhouse. Another Middle Eastern/Flamenco Collaboration, “Herodias”, based on the novel by Gustave Flaubert, featured Venezuelan Flamenco sensation “Siudy”, Curillo de Bormujo, first dancer with the National Ballet of Spain, guitarist Diego Franco and singer Johana Jimenez from Sevilla. “Las Brujas de Salem” (The Witches of Salem), an original Flamenco Ballet inspired by Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, in collaboration with Manolete and an International cast of musicians and dancers for a ground breaking new work, premiered in April, 2007 at The Jackie Gleason Theater and “Celtic Callings”, an Irish music and dance/Flamenco collaboration debuted in 2008 at the Byron/Carlyle Theater. In 2009, Ms. Rosal’s original Flamenco Ballet, “Rey Lear” inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear debuted at the Manuel Artime Theater for the Miami Dance Festival. In 2010, Ms. Rosal created “La Dama Macbeth”, an original Flamenco Ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, featuring special Guest Artists La Tati as Lady Macbeth and an international cast of 20 dancers and musicians, which had its world premiere at The Gusman Center for The Performing Arts. In 2011 Ms. Rosal presented “Cleopatra y Cesar”, a Flamenco Ballet inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s play “Caesar and Cleopatra”, which premiered in April, 2011 at The Colony Theatre. Ms. Rosal created “Directo al Corazon”, inspired by Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, which premiered in January, 2012 at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Also in 2012, Ms. Rosal produced the first Arte Flamenco Miami Festival, which included the three premiere Flamenco companies in Florida. Her most recent works included a new Flamenco Ballet entitled “Señorita Julia” inspired by Strindberg’s Miss Julie, which premiered in January 2014 at the Koubek Center of Miami Dade College and a World Premiere Pure Flamenco Event “Ritmo y Pasion” wich will premiere at PAN, Performing Arts Network.
Dancer/ Choreographer/ Teacher
Flamenco dancer Celia Fonta is a native of Chicago, where she first studied flamenco guitar before beginning her career in dance. She began her studies of Flamenco, Spanish Classical and Folkloric dance in Madrid with world famous teachers. Celia began her professional career along with her husband Paco Fonta, internationally renowned Flamenco singer and guitarist. Together they toured the United States with the Boston Flamenco Ballet. In 1986 Celia and Paco Fonta came to Miami to work at the Famous Cacharrito's Place and since have made Miami their home. Ms. Fonta has worked at all of the most important Tablaos in Miami as a featured dancer. She has worked with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, based in Miami, as principal dancer and soloist, as well as with Bailes Ferrer, a company based in Ft. Lauderdale, as featured soloist.
Celia Fonta has been guest artist and teacher in flamenco workshops and concerts all over Florida and the United States. Notably, Ms. Fonta gave a two-week residency with Northeastern Illinois University and was a guest artist with Ensemble Espanol's 25th Anniversary Gala in Chicago. She was invited to perform at the Florida Folk Festival several times and was a recipient of the Florida Folk life Apprenticeship Program award as Master Artist. Ms. Fonta also received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida. She was adjunct instructor of Spanish dance at Florida International University from 2003-2008. Currently, Ms Fonta teaches private lessons by appointment.
In 2002, Ms Fonta and her husband formed "Siempre Flamenco", a not-for-profit company dedicated to promoting awareness of flamenco music and dance and to preserve its art and traditions. As Artistic Director of Siempre Flamenco, Ms Fonta has produced and choreographed the Festival of Flamenco Song for the past six years, as well as numerous shows, including Mojito Andaluz, a fusion of flamenco and Afro-Cuban music and dance, Oy-Le a collaboration of Flamenco and Klezmer, Al Andalus, a program exploring the Jewish, Moorish, and Gypsy roots of Flamenco and most recently Beats and Compas, an experimental music and dance performance blending hip-hop and flamenco to the same beats and rhythms.
Dancer / Teacher/ Choreographer
Jose Junco began his Spanish Dance studies in Madrid, Spain at the age of 15 at the Escuela Real de Arte Dramatico y Danza (Royal School of Dramatic Art and Dance). He studied with numerous teachers in Spain including Rosa Naranjo, Edit, Julio Principe, Luis Fuentes, Paco Romero, Betty, Rosita Segovia, Pedro Azorin, Juanjo Linares, Guito, Carmen Cortes, Cristobal Reyes, Antonio Canales, Antonio Reyes, Susan Beltrami, and Jerry Houlihan. His professional debut as a Dancer was in 1989 with the Ballet de Espana of Paco Romero performing in Spain, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Mexico. He appeared with that Company in the movie Don Juan Mi Querido Fantasma. He continued to perform with the Companies of Alberto Portillo, Alberto Lorca, Carmen Cortes, Mariemma, Jose Granero and Rafael Aguilar, traveling through Spain, India, Morocco, Turkey, Japan, France, Austria and Italy. He performed with the Greater Miami Opera in the role of the lead Bull Fighter, in the Opera La Traviata to great critical acclaim, as well as the lead dancer in Diefledermaus and La Gioconda. He danced with the Ballet Rosita Segovia and in conjunction with The Greater Miami Opera Young Artist Program in Miami, at The Joyce Theatre in New York City, The Civic Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at the famous Flamenco "Tablao" Café de Chinitas in Madrid, Spain.
He worked as a soloist and assistant choreographer in Austin, Texas to re-create choreography by Jose Greco in a project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has performed at the Dade County Auditorium, Jackie Gleason Theatre of the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Theatre, Colony Theatre, Tropigala at the Fountainbleau Hilton and the Viscaya Palace in Miami with the Ballet Rosita Segovia and Ballet Flamenco La Rosa. He performed at Princeton University, Webster Hall in Pittsburgh, Penn., and toured with the production of Flamenco Vivo with The Carlota Santana Dance Company. He is a sought after teacher/choreographer/soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has conducted workshops in such cities as Valencia and Pamplona in Spain, Austin and Houston, Tx., Santa Fe , NM , Oklahoma City Oklahoma , The Florida Dance Festival in Miami and in Ft. Lauderdale , Fl. He has performed with such famous Artists as Los Del Rio, Rocio Jurando, Azucar Moreno, Los Romeros de la Puebla, Belmonte, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Ricky Martin, Lucia Mendez and Olga Tanon and was featured in the lead role of the Andrew Lloyd Weber Musical "Song & Dance".
Mayelu Perez began studying Spanish dance at several Spanish cultural societies in Havana, Cuba, and performed in many of their cultural events. She graduated with certification by the Cuban Ministry of Culture in 1998. Her professional training includes Ballet Liz Alfonso, Danzas Ibericas company of the Centro Pro-Danza de Cuba, Ballet España de la Habana (Led by Eduardo Veitia) under the Cuban National Ballet (led by Alicia Alonso), Aires Spanish Dances Company (led by Paz Diaz Lemus), and 4 years of studying Flamenco in Seville, Spain with Manolo Marin's dance company.
Ms. Perez has studied various dance techniques such as Classical Ballet, Spanish Classical Dance, Escuela Bolera, Flamenco Theatre and Spanish regional folklore, under such important artists as Amparo Brito, Laura Alonso, Paz Diaz, Manolo Marin, Pilar Ortega, Manuel Betanzo, Javier Baron and Ana Casas. She is an experienced Spanish Dance teacher, having taught at several schools for professional dancers and dance companies, and she has given several dance workshops throughout the U.S. She has toured with The Boston Flamenco Ballet and appeared for three seasons with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa.
Dancer/ Teacher/ Choreographer
Born in Argentina, Jorge Robledo trained in Ballet, Modern, Flamenco and Classical Spanish Dance. He is known for the sensuality, energy and projection of his dancing. He has studied with La China, Juana Amaya, Antonio Canales, Antonio Ortega and Belen Maya. Has appeared Internationally in "Bodas de Sangre", "La Zapatera Prodigiosa", "Carmen", "Luna Gitana", "Gitanas", and "Flamenco, Furia y Pasion". He also performed as a Guest Artist with singers Rocio Jurado and Isabel Pantoja, Ballet Flamenc La Rosa and with his own Flamenco Company.
Flamenco Vocalist/ Teacher
Almudena Caceres was born in Mondejar, Guadalajara and began singing at a young age.
Ms. Caceres began studying Flamenco singing at the age of 16 with Juan de Madrid.
In 1999, while on tour in Japan, she met the guitarist Sivi Rodriguez and they became partners in life as well as artistically.
They toured the U.K. and the U.S. together, and now live in Miami, FL, where they work with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa as well as in various Flamenco clubs or "Tablaos".
Johana Jimenez studied Flamenco beginning at the age of 4 with Jose Galvan. In 1985 she recorded her first music album as a "tonadillera", with songs composed especially for her. She continued singing all over Spain, where she began appearing on television, and won numerous 1st and 2nd places in national contests.
When she was 15 years old she recorded her second music album "Esa Paloma". She also performed with Chiquetete in the Imperial Theatre of Sevilla, Spain.
At 19, Ms. Jimenez performed in "Estrellas para el 2000" in the Prince Theatre in Madrid, Spain. In 1998 she performed at "The Flamenco" Tablao, in Japan for a six month run. Then, in 1999 she worked with Adrian Galia's Company, in the performance "Pensando Flamenco", presented in Madrid, Spain.
After that she worked with such Flamenco Companies as Antonio Marquez, Rafael Amargo, Domingo Ortega, and Alejandro Granados.
Currently, she is preparing her next music album, and performing throughout Spain as a solo artist.
Flamenco Singer/ Guitarist/ Guitar Teacher
Paco Fonta is from Torre Perojil, in Jaen, Spain. Singing and playing from earliest childhood in penas (Flamenco societies for aficionados), he grew up in the tradition of the pure Flamenco style. At nineteen, he began formal study and pursued a professional career. He began performing in tablaos (flamenco clubs) in Madrid, accompanying Spanish Ballets, and playing for festivals and contests of singing. Mr. Fonta met PAN/ Ballet Flamenco Director Ilisa Rosal in Madrid in the early 1980's and they worked together at tablaos and festivals for several years. When Ms. Rosal founded Ballet Flamenco La Rosa in 1985, Paco Fonta was under contract to a local flamenco club, and he joined the company. They have worked together ever since on the many projects the company has produced, and created a great following for the high quality and pure excitement and beauty of their work. Mr. Fonta is a rare talent in that he has mastery of both the guitar and singing, and travels nationally & internationally with his own flamenco group, as well as in many Guest Artist appearances with other companies.
Guitarist/ Composer/ Guitar Teacher
Basilio Garcia was born in Madrid, to a family of artists and writers, and initiated his career as a flamenco guitarist at the age of 15. He performs
at the Flamenco Clubs (Tablaos) throughout Spain and has accompanied Flamenco classes at "Amor de Dios" in Madrid taught by Maria Magdalena, Tomas de Madrid, La Tati, La China, El maestro Ciro and Cristobal Reyes. His artistry encompasses many achievements, including being part of the "Cuadro Flamenco de Zambra", and the Flamenco Company Lucia Real y Camborio, participating in the Opera Carmen. Mr. Garcia has also collaborated with diverse artists in the recording of CD's such as "El Principe Gitano". He has performed with such artists as Paco Sanchez, Manolete, La Tati and La Truco. Mr. Garcia has also collaborated in productions of Flamenco USA 2002-2003. In Miami, Basilio Garcia has performed at the Jackie Gleason Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse and PAN, Performing Arts Network, and has taught master classes and guitar workshops with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa.
Guitarist/ Composer/ Guitar Teacher
Alexander Jordan was trained in guitar at Taller de Guitars with Alejandro Bustamante, the famous Juan Maya "Marote" and Rafael Riqueri. He studied accompaniment of dance with Paz Díaz Lemus.
He has performed internationally with some of the greatest musicians and dancers of our time. His credits include Espectáculo "Entre Palmas y Cantares", Anniversary 84 del Museo de Bellas Artes de La Habana, Guitarist for "Conjunto Danzas Ibéricas", performances at Salas Lorca y Alejo Carpentier, Gran Teatro de la Habana", Concierto "Convento San Francisco de Asis", Guitarist for the Ballet Español de la Habana, Homenaje a Alicia Alonso, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Gala de Estreno Ballet Español de la Habana, Gran Teatro de la Habana, concerts in the Salas Lezama Lima y Alejo Carpentier, Gran Teatro de la Habana, Concierto V Aniversario el Aula de Cultura Iberoamericana, Homenaje a los ex primeros bailarines Milagros Medina y Reinaldo Suárez, Galas de VII Festival Internacional de Guitarra de la Habana, tour of Cuba, performances in Teatro Mella, Gala de los XIV, XV y XVI Festivales de Ballet de La Habana, concert "Con Todos" Funciones Teatro América, Festival "La Huella de España", Homenaje a Ernesto Lecuona, Festival Internacional de Teatro de la Habana, México Tour: Guadalajara, Chihuahua, Tasco, Chiapas, Acapulco, y Ciudad de México, Feria Internacional del Café, Manizales, Teatro Nacional, Guest Artist for the concert of the French group "Barrio Chino", Misa Flamenca en homenaje a Manuel de Falla, composition and musical arrangement for "Aquel Amor Brujo", "Vida Breve" and "Caminando".
Mr. Jordan was the guitarist for the company "Aires", with performances at Salas Lorca and Antonin Artaud del Gran Teatro de la Habana, Festival de Danza Callejera de la Habana, accompanying the dancer Briand Veitia, Guest Artist for the Ballet Español de la Habana, guitarist for "Castañuelas y Ole", the concert "Cante y Guitarra", performances with Darío Arboleda, guitarist for the productions of "La Casa de Bernarda Alba", "Noche Rociera y Flamenca" , Gala Jornada Cultural Andaluza en Cuba, "De la Habana a Cádiz" with the Flamenco company "Ecos", performances of "A Compás", music and poetry for "El neopopularismo en la Poesia" with Aitana Alberti, daughter of Rafael Alberti, collaboration of "Danzart" and founding with Paola Escobar the music and dance group "Taconearte".
Alex Jordan performed a concert at Casa de España, presented by the Spanish Embassy Fundación Españoles of Colombia. He performed at Delia Zapata Olivilla and Centro Colombo Americano. He created the music for the work "Flamenco 24 hours", won the scholarship for creation "Pasos 2002" for the Instituto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo de Bogotá. He performed in the world premiere of "Flamenco 24 horas", with a 3 week run at La Casa del Teatro Nacional. Then, he went on to Festival de Danza Internacional. Mr. Jordan was featured as a guitarist in the television show "Toros y Caballos" with Juan Rafael Restrepo. He was invited to perform at the "Ramiro Isaza" and played concerts such as "Flamenco místico y espiritual" with the singer Carmenza Fuentes from Sevilla. He collaborated with Nicolás Uribe with the recording of the music for the telenovela "Te voy a enseñar a querer". Mr. Jordan was invited to play for the "Festival de Guitarra' of the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia and won with this group the national prize Montaje Escénico Musical, Ministerio de Cultura, with the work "Flamenco 24 horas". Alexander Jordan currently resides in Miami, Fl, where he performs in local Tablaos and with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa.
Jesus Rodriguez "El Sivi"
Sivi Rodriguez was born in Malaga. He began his guitar studies at the age of 12 with Pedro Blanco. He went on to accompany Flamenco singing at "peñas" throughout Andalucia. He has toured Japan, the U.K and the U.S. as a guiartist for several Flamenco dance companies. Mr. Rodriguez currently plays in Miami, at various Flamenco clubs, or "Tablaos" and with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa.