WHERE THE HEART OF VANCOUVER FLAMENCO LIVES
At the core of Centro Flamenco are Rosario Ancer & Victor Kolstee, 2 Spanish-trained internationally renowned flamenco artists. Centro Flamenco is at the very centre of Vancouver’s flamenco life yearlong, and it is the stronghold of flamenco education in Western Canada.
Rosario and Victor are also founders of the annual Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, the Flamenco Rosario Company and its Professional Training & Artist-In-Residency programs, contributing the development of Flamenco British Columbia at every level.
OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE
Founded in 1989 by Rosario & Victor, Centro Flamenco stands today as the flagship flamenco studio in Lower Mainland BC. Centro Flamenco has given birth to many of Canada’s top contemporary flamenco dancers as well as popularizing the form to unprecedented large audiences both at home and out-of-province.
Called “the mother of flamenco in Vancouver” by the local press, Rosario was the recipient of the Lola Award (2016), Mayor’s Art Award in Dance (2012), and the Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography (2009) amongst many other distinctions as a testimony to her prolific career and unwavering dedication to the flamenco arts.
BEST ‘TRIED & TRUE’ FLAMENCO CURRICULUM OUTSIDE OF SPAIN
Trained in Andalusia, Spain for over a decade by flamenco legends such as Paco Mundo, Maria Velasquez and Justo de Badajoz, Rosario and Victor have championed a rich, authentic and multicultural approach to teaching. Novices and aficionados alike are immersed into well-structured flamenco curricula whose proven methods accompany all types of students beyond their artistic expectations.
Whether wishing for a simple introduction to palmas (handclapping) and sevillanas (the basis of flamenco dance) or looking forward to full-fledged flamenco dance training, Centro Flamenco will take you there at the right pace with clear, measurable achievements.
Every teacher at Centro Flamenco is an experienced flamenco instructor and a trained professional artist sustaining active performing career. Our full time faculty delivers introductory to intermediate classes in flamenco dance and music for children, teens and adults, as well as advanced courses focused on particular techniques, and palos such as Bulerias, Alegrias, Farruca, Petenera with Bata de Cola to name a few.
To complement its extensive curriculum, Centro Flamenco also organizes, with the festival and Flamenco Rosario, topical high-end professional workshops by Spanish masters and prominent Canadian figures.
A PROFESSIONAL STUDIO AS HUB OF FLAMENCO LIFE & CULTURE
Become part of Centro’s vibrant community of inspiring friends, teachers and international artists! Train your feet & ears on Vancouver’s best flamenco floor in our warm Andalusia themed 712 sq ft Kitsilano studio.
Launch, or continue, your ardent flamenco adventure in dance, guitar, percussion or singing and learn to present and perform your new flamenco skills through City Theatre student shows. Delve deeper into authentic Spanish and flamenco art & culture with special cinema & culinary evenings!