Melinda Marquez 

 

 

Founder and Artistic Director Melinda Marquez  is a highly-skilled and much-loved dancer and pedagogue, whose roots in the NYC flamenco world go back to her teen years.  As a young classical ballet trainee at the Harkness Ballet in NYC Melinda turned down a coveted contract with the Frankfurt Ballet to pursue a career in Spanish Dance and Flamenco, Melinda was closely mentored  by Roberto  "Bobby" Lorca and soon after performed with Maria Alba at Jacob's Pillow,  with Diego Castellon at the Meson Flamenco on 14th St., and with the companies of Orlando Romero, Jose Molina and Jose Greco, at the Chateau Madrid NYC and toured nationally and internationally. She  deepened her craft dancing at tablaos throughout the NYC area with guitarist Pedro Cortes Sr.   Melinda had the great fortune to also perform with such  legends  as flamenco guitarist Mario Escudero,  flamenco singer Domingo Alvarado and at Carnegie Hall with jazz giant, bassist and composer, Charles Mingus.  In Spain Melinda danced in the cuadro at Las Cuevas de Nemesio and with Miguel Sandoval  while studying with Alberto Lorca, Jose Granero, and privately with Merche Esmeralda and Ciro. A founding member of Spanish Dance Arts--now Flamenco Vivo-- with Roberto Lorca and Carlota Santana, she is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Dance Dept. at Barnard College, NYC.  Melinda continues to explore contemporary perspectives and is thrilled to be currently re-examing and renovating pedagogies  with the mentoring support of dancer, choreographer and master pedagogue Juan Carlos Lèrida 

Melinda's long career and sustained excellence have garnered  praise from students, administrators and fellow flamenco artists.  Flamenco guitar master Paco Peña bestowed accolades on her work:  "....I had  the  pleasure of seeing the Alegrias of the Ballet Hispanico School Dance Recital (2008)...I would like to extend my congratulations to Melinda Marquez on her excellent teaching." Melinda was recognized early in her career with a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship with the added distinction of being chosen as the Gregory Millard Fellow. She was invited  solo guest artist at a  the  Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, and has held faculty positions at Ballet Hispanico, The Alvin Ailey School, The Joffrey Ballet School, American Academy of Ballet,  Jacques D'Amboise  National Dance Institute,  as well as Master Classes at Mannes College of Music, NY City Center Fall for Dance Festival among others.  Read more  in this article by Lucile Bruce in The Arts Paper...