Biographies

Carola Zertuche

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Báile (Dancer)

Carola Zertuche, Artistic Director, Theatre Flamenco San Francisco 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 Ciro, Belen Maya, Andres Marin, Israel Galvan and jota master Pedro Azorin, and where she 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 such as: Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, Joyce Theatre, New York,Santa Fe, NM, and Fox Theatre, Atlanta; La Tania, as Guest Artist with Domingo Ortega Flamenco Company, Los Angeles; Andres Marin Company in the “First Flamenco FestivalSan Francisco”; and as special guest artist for Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company, Royal Daphna Hall, Doha, Qatar.

Her dance has been showcased in such festivals as: the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival from 2002 to 2009, the Santa Barbara Ethnic Dance Festival 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 Sentido Flamenco show starring Alegría Suarez, Cano, Mercedes Amaya and Santiago Aguilar 2002; Al Compas del Tiempo, 2007; El Camino Perfecto, 2008; and now with the presentation of 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. Most recently in 2009, she has 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

Stephanie Narvaez

Báile (dancer)

Stephanie Narvaez, Dancer, Theatre Flamenco San Francisco Stephanie Narvaez made her debut at the age of eight, performing in “Fiesta Flamenca Navideña” produced by Ramon de Los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre in Boston. Since then she has performed as a soloist and lead dancer with Omayra Amaya Flamenco Sin Limites II Dance Company as well as with a Boston family based group called El Arte Flamenco where her father would accompany her on the guitar.

While studying at NYU, she performed frequently throughout the East Coast, touring with “Pasion y Arte”, a Philadelphia based flamenco troupe, and working in tablaos on a regular basis in New York City. Soon after receiving her BA in Romance Languages she performed at the Lincoln Center with Antonio Hidalgo in Carlota Santana’s production “Flamenco Vivo”.

She has studied in New York and Madrid, and continues to travel bi-annually to Sevilla, Spain to study with world renowned artists. She moved to San Francisco in 2004 and continues to perform in the bay area. She is excited to participate in her third season with Theatre Flamenco.

Leonor Zertuche Coindreau

Báile (dancer)

Leonor Zertuche Coindreau, Dancer, Theatre Flamenco San Francisco Leonor Zertuche Coindreau (dancer) From an early age Leonor pursued studies in ballet, jazz dance and flamenco – which she has specialized in since 1995.

She has participated in six editions of the Festival de Arte Flamenco de Monterrey, Mexico, the Festival Alfonsino of the University of Nuevo León and has danced with the Ballet de Monterrey and the Zarzuela of Monterrey. She has toured with flamenco companies in Mexico, Portugal and the US. In 2005 Leonor was awarded second place in Monterrey’s competition for young flamenco artists, an honor that earned her the opportunity to study in Sevilla.

Her passion for dance inspired her to pursue a degree in modern dance from the University of Nuevo León where she was a soloist in the school’s company and graduated with honors. She later spent two years in Madrid where she received a Master’s degree in theatrical set design. Leonor has trained with many renown flamenco artists including: Mario Maya, Manolo Marín, Carola Zertuche, Belén Maya, Andrés Marín, Rafael Campallo, Pastora Galván, Fuensanta ‘La Moneta,’ Antonio ‘El Pipa,’ Inmaculada Ortega, Carmen ‘La Talegona,’ La Truco, Concha Jareño, Miguel Cañas, El Junco, Leonor Leal and Milagros Menjibar. Upon returning to Monterrey she reincorporated into the modern dance company of Sunny Savoy, the Oripando Group and as a soloist with other flamenco companies.  This is her first season with Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco.

Cynthia Sanchez

Báile (dancer)

Cynthia Sanchez, Dancer, Theatre Flamenco San Francisco Cynthia Sanchez (dancer) is a native of Albuquerque, NM, where she began her studies in flamenco and Spanish classical dance under Pablo Rodarte.

Aside from developing her dance training with teachers from Spain and the US, she has been per-
forming for 11 years with companies such as: Pablo Rodarte’s Dance España, Maria Benitez Estampa Española, Miel Amarga, Flamenco Legacy, and recently with Teatro Nuevo Mexico and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in the Zarzuela “La Verbena de la Paloma”, and on stages throughout the southwest  in venues including: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM and Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM.  She carried on Rodarte’s legacy after his departure in 2006 as a founding member of Dance España Albuquerque where she teaches and performs.

Cynthia’s flamenco studies have continued more intensely under Juan Siddi in Santa Fe, NM where she has become more involved and dedicated with dancing professionally.

Today, she is a member of the Juan Siddi  Flamenco Theatre Company, appearing on tours throughout the US and with their 2009 Santa Fe Summer Season. Currently, she is an attraction at the Tablao Flamenco El Meson, Santa Fe, NM. This is her first appearance in the Bay Area with Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco.

Eliza Llewellyn

Báile (dancer)

Eliza Eliza Llewellyn began dancing at the age of three, studying ballet in her hometown of New Orleans. She initiated her flamenco training in New Mexico under Maria Benitez, Martin Santangelo and Soledad Barrio, and later in Mexico with Raul Salcedo and Marisol Moreno. In 2002 she moved to Spain to pursue more advanced studies at the prestigious Centro Flamenco de Estudios Escenicos Mario Maya in Granada and later in Seville under Yolanda Heredia, Pastora Galvan and Israel Galvan.

She relocated to the Bay Area in 2005 to continue her studies in flamenco. In 2006 she became a company member of Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, directed by Carola Zertuche, performing in theaters around the Bay Area and in the 2007 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Eliza has recently returned from Madrid where she studied at the renowned flamenco academy Amor de Dios, training under Alfonso Losa, Miguel Cañas, Maria Juncal, Concha Jareño and Antonio Reyes. In the summer of 2008 Eliza was invited to perform with the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theater Company in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is her third season with Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco.