Artistic Director, Choreographer, Báile (Dancer)
Carola Zertuche was born in Torreon, Mexico. She began her dance career in Mexico City’s Tablao Meson de Triana, where she shared the stage with renowned artists such as Domingo Ortega, Juan de Angelica, Antonio Rey, El Kiki, and Luisa de Cadiz; and where she studied with Manolo Vargas, and Pilar Rioja. Thereafter, she moved to Spain to study with renowned artists including Ciro, Belen Maya, Andrés Marín, Israel Galvan and jota master Pedro Azorin, and while in Spain she also performed with the company Los Tarantos. Carola moved to the Bay Area to continue her dance career as a performer, choreographer and teacher.
Carola has toured throughout Mexico, the United States and the Middle East with renowned flamenco companies and in famous venues such as: Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco at the Joyce Theatre (New York), The Lensic (Santa Fe), and the Fox Theatre (Atlanta); La Tania (as Guest Artist with Domingo Ortega Flamenco Company in Los Angeles); Andrés Marín Company (in the “First Flamenco Festival San Francisco"), and as a special guest artist for the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company at the Royal Daphna Hall in Doha, Qatar.
Her dancing has been showcased in the following festivals: the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival from 2002 to 2009, the Santa Barbara Ethnic Dance Festival in 2001, and Flamenco Festivals in Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico.
Her productions have met with much critical acclaim and include: Verde, 2005, with the participation of Pastora Galvan and Jose Anillo; El Color del Flamenco, 2003; and in Mexico with the Sentido Flamenco show starring Alegría Suarez, Cano, Mercedes Amaya and Santiago Aguilar 2002; Al Compas del Tiempo, 2007; El Camino Perfecto, 2008; and Ser y Estar, 2009.
Carola has received numerous nominations and awards for her talents and contributions to flamenco in the Bay Area. Nominated in 2002 for the Isadora Duncan Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Performance: Soloist,” she has since been recognized for: “Best Classic Flamenco Show”, San Francisco Magazine, 2007 and “Best Flamenco Show,” San Francisco Weekly, 2008. In 2009 she received her second nomination for the Isadora Duncan Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Performance: Ensemble.”
Along with her role as Artistic Director for Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, Carola continues teaching flamenco dance classes at her dance studio “La Solea” in San Francisco, as well as local and international flamenco dance workshops.
President of the Board of Directors
Miguel Santos has been with Theatre Flamenco since its inception, serving as principal dancer, choreographer, and since 1987, artistic director. He began his studies in classical ballet with Carmelita Maracci. His Spanish dance training began in Los Angeles in 1954, and soon thereafter he traveled to Spain where he studied with all the major flamenco teachers. Mr. Santos has performed with Teatro la Zarzuela of Madrid and both José Greco’s and Lola Montes’ companies. While Mr. Santos was performing with the José Greco company, he appeared in the film Around the World in 80 Days. He has performed in La Traviata for the San Francisco Opera and for the Seattle Opera with Beverly Sills. Mr. Santos continues to refine his flamenco skills by taking master classes with José Galván, La Quica, Javier La Torre, El Guito, Merche Esmeralda, and José Antonio. A three-time NEA Choreography Fellowship recipient, Mr. Santos’ major works include Misa Flamenco, Concerto No. 2, and Regionalismos, among many others. Mr. Santos has served as a panelist for the California Arts Council. Miguel Santos was also recognized for his substantial contributions to the Bay Area and to the art of flamenco by the Isadora Duncan Dance Award (IZZIE) and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival for 2008. He currently teaches flamenco at the San Francisco Dance Center and is artist-in-residence at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Redwood City, California.