Afifa Lahbabi

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Growing up surrounded by the rhythm of her native Morocco gave Afifa an early appreciation for music and dance. Afifa’s formal dance background includes tap, ballet, modern, and intensive flamenco training with Rosario Ancer and Victor Kolstee.

Afifa has been a soloist in the Cuadro Flamenco series since 2002, a featured soloist in the 2005 and 2007 Vancouver Flamenco Festivals and Flamenco Rosario company dancer in the 2009 festival as well as independent dancer with Flamenco Alcala. Other performances include Los Cuatro Vientos, Ayer y Hoy, Flamenco y Las Americas, Guadalquivir and Mis Hermanas. Afifa performed at the Pemberton Folk Festival in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 she trained intensively for two months in Sevilla, Spain with Alicia Marquez, Adela Campallo, Belen Maya and Mercedes Ruiz. In 2009, Afifa trained intensively for 6 weeks in Jerez de La Frontera, Spain with Andres Peña, Isabel Bayón, Ana Maria Lopez and Manuela Carpio, returning again in 2010 to further her training with Rafaela Carrasco, Manuela Carpio, Ana Maria Lopez, Mercedes Ruiz, and Andres Peña.

In October/November of 2010  Afifa was once again a cast member in Flamenco Rosario’s production of Mis Hermanas first international tour travelling  to Mexico.  Afifa was invited to perform for the “In the House Festival” in Vancouver in 2010 and again in 2012. Since 2002, she has danced at Kino Cafe regularly, East is East on Main st and other Vancouver venues such as Las Margaritas and Corduroy’s in Kitsilano, as well as the Libra Room and Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive  leading her to become a local favorite. Afifa has been a member of Flamenco Alcalá since 2002. She is a  dedicated, loyal and passionate instructor at Centro Flamenco  and has extensive  experience teaching introductory levels right up to the professional training program.

 “Flamenco feeds my soul and sets my spirit free. It is my meditation as well as a beautiful journey of self discovery and self improvement that never ends…it truly lives inside of me.”