BIO FOR ROSARIO ANCER (Feature Show Thursday, Aug 4th @ Hermann’s Jazz Club): After enjoying a successful career in Spain, Rosario Ancer and her Vancouverite husband guitarist Victor Kolstee moved to Vancouver in 1989, where they co-founded their school Centro Flamenco, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, and The Flamenco Rosario Arts Society, “Flamenco Rosario”, and its Professional Training Program.
Called by the press “The Mother of Flamenco in Vancouver”, she received a 2000 YWCA nomination for the Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture. For her contributions in bringing excellence in dance to British Columbia and for the creation of “Mis Hermanas”, Rosario was awarded the 2009 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography given by The Dance Centre on behalf of the BC Dance Community. She also was nominated for the 2012 Inspirational Latino Award for Arts & Culture and was honored with the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award.
As an interpreter of flamenco dance, Rosario Ancer is more interested in the continuing growth of the art form than in simply reiterating its past, exploring new possibilities by crossing boundaries of both history and culture.
Flamenco Rosario celebrated 25 years in Vancouver last year, and we are thrilled to bring them to the Victoria Flamenco Festival for the first time.