Having performed internationally as an independent dancer as well as with the Flamenco Rosario Dance Company, Nanako has quickly become a well-respected dancer in the flamenco community as one of the youngest established professional flamenco dancers in Vancouver and Berlin.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Nanako and her family moved to Vancouver, Canada, at the age of 3. There she began her dance and music training in ballet and piano at an early age, providing her with a foundation to flourish in the art of flamenco. Under Rosario Ancer and Victor Kolstee’s mentorship, Nanako began her professional dance career at the age of 20 in 2003. Pursuing her dream, she moved to Spain in September 2006, completing a 9-month advanced dance program at the Cristina Heeren Flamenco Foundation in Seville. Her teachers included renowned artists Milagros Menjibar, Rafael Campallo, Ursula Lopez, and Carmen Ledesma. In Vancouver, Nanako has become famous for her “bata de cola” choreographies and has been featured in the Vancouver Flamenco Festivals and the Cuadro Flamenco series. The award-winning Flamenco Rosario production “Mis Hermanas” took Nanako on a tour of Mexico in the fall of 2010. Nanako’s enthusiasm to constantly improve as an artist has fueled her on-going training. She has studied intensively under Pilar Ortega, Adela Campallo, Pilar Ogalla, Andrés Peña, Concha Jareño and Pastora Galvan. Other notable teachers include Leonor Leal, Raquel Villegas, and Isabel Bayón.
Nanako now resides in Berlin, Germany, where she continues to share her love for flamenco. Her German debut was with The Ensemble of Benares “Kathak und Flamenco” show in November 2012 in Dresden. Since then, she has had several performances with local flamenco artists in Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, and Barcelona. Nanako is an active member of the flamenco groups Quejio, Mestizo Flamenco, and the Abraham Carmona Band.
As an instructor, Nanako has been teaching in Canada since 2002. She was part of the instructing team at Centro Flamenco where she specialized in “bata de cola” and props classes. She was also an instructor for the Flamenco Rosario Professional Training Program – Western Canada’s largest flamenco professional training program. She currently gives monthly flamenco dance workshops in Berlin for all levels.
“Flamenco is the language I use to communicate with my audience on stage. Its song, music, and dance combined are the best channels for transmitting my feelings and emotions in its purest form and it’s the most gratifying experience as an artist.” Nanako Aramaki
Marién was born in Mexico City and was introduced to flamenco at the hand of Mercedes Amaya “La Winy,” niece of the legendary Carmen Amaya. Marién has been under the tutelage of very experienced flamenco instructors in Andalucía such as, Joaquin Fajardo, Milagros Menjibar, Rafael Campallo and Los Farrucos. From 2003 to 2005, Marién was awarded a grant by FONCA to study in Fundacion Christina Heeren in Sevilla, Spain and in 2006, to create a choreographic work. Marién has performed in “La Casa de la Memoria” in Sevilla, “Conservatorio de Danza Morelos” in Cuernavaca, México, and “Un Poquito de Compas” Flamenco Series in Teatro de la Danza in México City.
She has taught workshops at the “Esencia Flamenca” academy in Taipei Taiwán and “Spain Kikaku” academy in Fukuoka, Japan. Marién is a regular performer at the Tablao Flamenco “Gitanerías” in Mexico City and is the founder and Artistic Director of “Duende Flamenco”, a working space for flamenco dancers and musicians to explore the endless possibilities of the art of flamenco.
Marién Luévano is a regular guest artist with Flamenco Rosario and Centro Flamenco.