Flamenco around Winnipeg

This event is on July 23, 2021 at 5:00 pm


Students from the Institute of Dance of Manitoba perform flamenco, danza estilizada, Spanish folk dance and Escuela Bolero in various outdoor locations around the city of Winnipeg. The performance shows how the dancers have worked around limitations through the lockdown to continue their art, and how through the pandemic, we have become more connected to the beauty of nature and outdoor attractions often overlooked in our own city. Performers will range from 11 years old to adult.

Meet the artists:

Geneviève LaTouche has been dancing with the Sol de España Spanish Folk Dancers since 1999, under the direction of Carmen Cano de Infante. She has performed with them around Manitoba, as well as at the World Folkdance Festival in Palma de Mallorca, Spain in 2005 and 2007. The folk dance ensemble is featured at the Pabellón de España – Spain Pavilion each summer in Winnipeg’s Folklorama festival. Geneviève began flamenco lessons with Claire Marchand at the age of 10, and at the age of 16 became a soloist for Bolero Dance Theatre, under the direction of Pedro Aurelio Colón. She has been featured in many of the company’s productions, including playing the lead in their production of Cinderella in 2014. She has also travelled with the group to Madrid, Spain to study at the former Marta de la Vega school. During this time, she has also studied danza estilizada and flamenco with Maritel Centurion, performing her choreography in Winnipeg’s Culture Days festival. In 2014, she travelled to Madrid, Spain where she studied danza española at Centro de Danza María Rosa for two years. Upon returning to Winnipeg, she began teaching at Institute of Dance of Manitoba and choreographing for Bolero Dance Theatre’s productions. From 2018- 2020, she travelled to London, where she studied at La Escuela de Baile. In 2019, she travelled with the school to Centro de baile Jerez for their summer intensive course. She is currently working towards her Spanish Dance Society teaching certificate through La Escuela de Baile in London while simultaneously preparing students at Institute of Dance of Manitoba for their exams. This will be Geneviève’s fourth year participating in the Victoria Flamenco Festival with fellow artists from Winnipeg.

Philippe Meunier:
Born in Québec, his guitar has taken him to Spain, United-States and across Canada. 
Whether promoting The Barber of Seville & Don Giovanni for the Manitoba Opera or
opening for the Picasso exhibition, accompanying Flamenco Dancers or playing solo,
he shares his love for Spanish Music wherever life takes him.  

After being awarded three grants by the Canada Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council & the Winnipeg Arts Council, he came back from Spain with several original compositions.
Philippe studied with Jose Luis El Morito de Triana and Francisco Morales de Sevilla. 
Philippe is currently a guitar teacher with the Louis Riel School Division. www.guitarwinnipeg.com

Sophie Kolisnyk-Tod began taking flamenco, Escuela Bolera and danza estilizada in 2016 at Institute of Dance of Manitoba with Geneviève LaTouche. She has performed choreographies in the Dance Manitoba Provincial Festival and in 5, 6, 7, 8 Showtime, where she has been invited to perform flamenco pieces in the Dance World Cup. In 2018, she began studying folk dance and flamenco with Erica Infante Yaeger and Escuela Bolera with Perdo Aurelio Colón. Since 2016, she has performed in Winnipeg’s Folklorama festival for two years. She has also studied and performed as an apprentice for Bolero Dance Theatre.

Wei An Lau began studying flamenco with Maritel Centurion as a young child. During that time, she completed exams in the Spanish Dance Society graded syllabus. In 2016, she began studying flamenco, danza estilizada and Escuela Bolera with Geneviève LaTouche. She has performed in the Dance Manitoba Provincial Festival, where she has won scholarships for her work in Spanish dance under the direction of Maritel Centurion and Geneviève LaTouche. She has also been invited to perform Spanish dance pieces in Dance World Cup through 5, 6, 7, 8 Showtime. In 2018, Wei An began to study Spanish folk dance and flamenco with Erica Infante Yaeger and Escuela Bolera with Pedro Aurelio Colón. She has performed in Winnipeg’s Folklorama Festival on various occasions since 2016, and has appeared as an apprentice in productions by Bolero Dance Theatre.

Jazmine McNarland began studying Spanish folk dance with Carmen Cano de Infante at the age of 5, when she began performing in Winnipeg’s Folklorama festival with the Sol de España Spanish Folk Dancers. Since her debut with the group, she has performed in various events around Manitoba. Jazmine began dancing with Maritel Centurion at the age of 9 and completed her Grade 2 Spanish Dance Society exam. In 2016, she began studying flamenco, danza estilizada and Escuela Bolera with Geneviève LaTouche. She has also studied Spanish folk dance and flamenco with Erica Infante Yaeger and Escuela Bolera with Pedro Aurelio Colón. Jazmine is continuing her Spanish dance qualifications through the Spanish Dance Society. This will be Jazmine’s third year performing at the Victoria Flamenco Festival. She first performed at the festival at the age of 11, where she shared the stage with Winnipeg professionals and Sara García of Madrid, Spain.

Monique Rivera has been performing with the Sol de España Spanish Folk Dancers since 2003. She began flamenco lessons with Claire Marchand the following year. With Sol de España, Monique has performed yearly at multiple events around Manitoba through Folklorama, as well as the annual Folklorama festival. She has travelled with the group to Palma de Mallorca, Spain twice for the World Folkdance Festival. At the age of 18, Monique was featured as a soloist for the first time in a production through Bolero Dance Theatre, under the direction of Pedro Aurelio Colón. She has since been featured as a soloist in multiple productions, including lead roles in Matador, Cleopatra and Carmen. She has also travelled with Bolero Dance Theatre to Madrid, Spain for summer a summer intensive course at the former Marta de la Vega school. Monique has been teaching flamenco lessons at Institute of Dance of Manitoba since 2016. This will be Monique’s second time performing at the Victoria Flamenco Festival.

Erica Infante Yaeger has been performing with the Sol de España Spanish Folk Dancers, under the direction of her grandmother, Carmen Cano de Infante, since 1998. She has participated yearly in Winnipeg’s Folklorama festival since 1999, as well as other events around Manitoba through the organisation. Erica has travelled with Sol de España to Spain and Peru for three international folk dance festivals. As a child, Erica began studying flamenco with Claire Marchand, performing in events around Winnipeg. She has recently been studying flamenco with Maritel Centurion. In 2018, she began performing with Bolero Dance Theatre, under the direction of Pedro Aurelio Colón, where she was introduced to Escuela Bolera and danza estilizada. Erica began teaching flamenco and Spanish folk dance and flamenco at Institute of Dance of Manitoba in 2018. She is also running Spanish folk dance classes through Theatre Dance and the Spanish Club of Winnipeg, as her grandmother moves into retirement, keeping life in dances rarely performed in Spain anymore. Erica is proud to continue preserving her grandmother’s knowledge of Spanish folklore, a task that has has awarded Carmen Cano de Infante a medal by the king of Spain. This will be Erica’s third time performing at the Victoria Flamenco Festival.

Kieran Lloyd has been a member of Bolero Dance Theatre, under the direction of Pedro Aurelio Colón, for six years. She has performed in annual productions with the company, including Carmen, Scheherazade and Lorca. Kieran has been studying danza española with Geneviève LaTouche for two years, where she has been working towards completing her graded Spanish Dance Society exams. In summer of 2020, she studied a distance intensive course through Expresarte in Madrid, where she participated in a virtual recital with fellow Bolero Dance Theatre members.

Angelica Malo is a Ukrainian dancer who has developed a passion for Spanish dance over the past two years. She is a member of the prestigious Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and has performed at Folklorama’s Ukraine Kiev Pavilion. She has also been completing her Royal Academy of Dance vocational ballet exams through Institute of Dance of Manitoba. She began studying flamenco and Spanish folk dance with Erica Infante Yaeger in 2018. She is currently completing her Spanish Dance Society exams through Geneviève LaTouche at Institute of Dance of Manitoba.

Rose Brown has been studying flamenco at Institute of Dance of Manitoba since she was 8 years old. She began studying with Geneviève LaTouche in 2016 and was introduced to Spanish folk dance through Erica Infante Yaeger in 2018. Rose has performed a flamenco solo in the 5, 6, 7, 8 Showtime dance competition. She has also participated in the annual Folklorama festival in Winnipeg for two years.

Megan LaTouche is a modern dancer who has studied Spanish folk dance with Carmen Cano de Infante for over 20 years. She began dancing with Bolero Dance Theatre 16 years ago, under the direction of Pedro Aurelio Colón, and has performed in the company’s annual productions since then. Megan has been featured as a soloist in various productions, including as an ugly stepsister in Cinderella and Martirio in The House of Bernarda Alba, as well as performing self-choreographed contemporary pieces as Death in Blood Wedding. She has travelled to Madrid with the company to study at the former Marta de la Vega school. She has also studied flamenco with Claire Marchand and danza española with Maritel Centurion. She has performed under the direction of Maritel Centurion at events around Winnipeg. Megan is currently studying Spanish folk dance with Erica Infante Yaeger in addition to her continued involvement with Bolero Dance Theatre. In summer of 2020, she performed with BDT in a virtual recital for Expresarte in Madrid. This will be Megan’s third year performing at the Victoria Flamenco Festival.

Izabelle Marroquin-Jilani has been a member of the Sol de España Spanish Folk Dancers since shortly after she learned to walk. As a very young child, she followed in her older sister’s footsteps, performing onstage at Winnipeg’s Folklorama festival and at the Spanish Club of Winnipeg. Izabelle began flamenco lessons at Institute of Dance of Manitoba three years ago. She has studied with Erica Infante Yaeger and Geneviève LaTouche, in addition to her years of training under the direction of Carmen Cano de Infante. On top of her passion for Spanish dance, Izabelle enjoys helping her mom teach Zumba and she is already making up her own choreographies. Izabelle is working towards completing her graded examinations through the Spanish Dance Society.

Carmen Machnicki has been studying danza española at the Institute of Dance of Manitoba since 2016. She began flamenco and classical lessons under the direction of Geneviève LaTouche and has studied Spanish folk dance and flamenco with Erica Infante Yaeger since 2018. Carmen has performed in Canadian dance competitions, including the Dance Manitoba Provincial Festival and 5, 6, 7, 8 Showtime. She has also performed in Winnipeg’s Folklorama festival for two years.

Karra Rivera has been a member of the Sol de España Spanish folk dance group since the age of 5. She has performed annually with the group in Winnipeg’s Folklorama festival, as well as at events around Manitoba with the organisation. She has been chosen twice as an ambassador for Folklorama’s Pabellón de España – Spain Pavilion, during which time she was brought as a youth representative of Spanish culture in Winnipeg to meet Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Winnipeg. Karra began studying flamenco with Claire Marchand shortly after joining Sol de España. At the age of 16, she joined Bolero Dance Theatre, under the direction of Pedro Aurelio Colón, as an apprentice. She has performed annually with the company in productions since then. This will be Karra’s second year performing in the Victoria Flamenco Festival.

Julia Martín has been a member of the Sol de España Spanish folk dance in Winnipeg since 1999 and has performed annually at Winnipeg’s Folklorama festival since the year 2000. As a child, in addition to studying Spanish folk dance with Carmen Cano de Infante, she also began studying flamenco with Claire Marchand through Theatre Flamenco in Winnipeg. Over the years, Julia has performed at many festivals around Canada, as well as in the United States, Spain and Peru. In summer of 2012, Julia travelled to Madrid, Spain where she studied at Escuela de danza y música Marta de la Vega’s summer intensive. While in Madrid, she had a unique opportunity to study flamenco with the celebrity dancer, Pepe Flores. This year will be Julia’s third time dancing at the Victoria Flamenco Festival.