Outdoor Stage at the Band Shell
The La Tania Baile Flamenco Company & School was founded in 2007 by award winning and internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer La Tania. Focused on the deep roots, rhythms and fluidity of traditional flamenco, the mission of the company is to share the authentic beauty and power that is the art of flamenco music and dance, with audiences everywhere. Nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Ensemble Performance for the 2012 presentation of Despertar Es Un Color, the La Tania Baile Flamenco Company & School has presented as a featured group in such venues as the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, City Dance Onstage, The Rotunda Dance Series presented by World Arts West and Dancers’ Group, Fiesta Flamenca and the annual showcase of Punta y Tacon.
Melissa Cruz (special guest soloist with La Tania Baile Flamenco School & Company)
Melissa Cruz is a Bay Area-based flamenco artist and instructor. Garnering years of experience as a company dancer and soloist, she presented her own production in 2007, La Vida Flamenca, in both San Francisco and Houston, Texas. She regularly performs in the local flamenco cabaret circuit and has served as Adjunct Dance Faculty at The University of San Francisco, as a guest instructor at the world dance youth program DanceVersity, as a soloist in the 2012 San Francisco International Arts Festival and has presented in seven San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festivals; in 2010 and 2011, as a featured soloist. She was commissioned to present a solo representing the genre of flamenco in the 2013 San Francisco Isadora Duncan Awards Ceremony and was a featured artist in the 2014 Tucson Flamenco Festival.