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Flamenco by Melissa Cruz and Dancers // Berkeley

Flamencura: 7th Annual Melissa Cruz Flamenco Showcase
Saturday at 8 PM – 10 PM
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94705

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La Peña Cultural Center presents:
Flamencura: 7th Annual Melissa Cruz Flamenco Showcase

In her seventh annual showcase, Flamenco artist Melissa Cruz presents her dancers, who this year, in addition to further mastering their repertory, have choreographed many of the pieces.

They are dedicating this showcase to the concept of ” Flamencura .” Legendary flamenco guitarist Paco Peña defines Flamencura as “ the quality of flamenconess…the heart and soul of flamenco.”

We will explore the sides of the art form that make it distinctive from others: its improvisational nature, its dynamic gestures and sounds and its ability to empower personal and communal strength.



Melissa Cruz
David Paez
Gina Giammanco
Christina Zanfagna
Rebecca Siegel
Nadia Dmytriw
Laurie Snow
Masako Numasaki
Mikelle Emmanuel
Jennifer Matus
Kumi Dews
Maria Sanchez
Krista Katsantonis
Vida Felsenfeld
Diana Ariza
Alice Glasner
Rebecca Prince
Yunyi Huang
Mitch Garber
Clery Villacrez
Kata Miletich
Ilan Cedillos
Bob Sanders



Melissa Cruz is a Bay Area-based flamenco professional and has been a full-time flamenco artist and instructor for the past 15 years. After being exposed to flamenco while studying Spanish at UC Berkeley, she began dancing with Rosa Montoya and soon thereafter, joined Ms. Montoya’s professional company. Apart from frequently performing in theatrical presentations, she teaches a full weekly schedule of flamenco dance classes and presents consistently in the local flamenco cabaret circuit. Melissa is also the dancer and percussionist for the band, LoCura, with who she performs and tours.

Melissa has performed as a soloist in the San Francisco International Arts Festival in 2012 and 2016 and has presented in eight San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festivals; in 2010 and 2011, as a featured soloist. She was commissioned to present a solo representing the genre of flamenco in the 2013 San Francisco Isadora Duncan Awards Ceremony. Currently, she is principal dancer and choreographer for the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company and Artistic Director of “The Flamenco Room,” a monthly flamenco cabaret show in San Francisco.

As described by Rachel Howard of the SF Chronicle: “Any dancer could make pained faces. But Cruz is clearly possessed by the duende — the spirit that drives this deeply introspective art.”

January 18 2020


Date: 01/18/2020
Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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3105 Shattuck
Berkeley, CA United States

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