Lakshmi Basile, Flamenco dancer/choreographer

Artistic Director of dance company Luna Flamenca

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She began dancing at age five with her parents' gypsy band and performing professionally at age sixteen. The same year, Lakshmi studied with Maestro Antonio Vargas. Shortly afterwards she moved to Santa Barbara to be the principal dancer in the flamenco dance troupe, Pacific Action Dance Theater, directed by Maestra Ana Galindo. She studied dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. There she presented her second staged choreography in the UC arts production "Webbed Feet, 2000." In 2002, Lakshmi moved to Spain to study intensively with the legendary Farruco Family. The same year, she began performing at the famous Carboneria in Seville. The following year, Lakshmi began studying with Maestras Angelita Vargas and Juana Amaya, and she began to participate in many flamenco festivals (for example, La Feria de Abril). She was honored to perform as a soloist in the Bienal de Arte Flamenco 2005, one of Spain's most notable flamenco festivals. She is the only foreigner to perform regularly as a soloist at the highly respected tablao El Palacio Andaluz. Back home in the United States, she began her own company, Luna Flamenca. She has produced a series of instructional videos.




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