Leonor Leal


March 23, 2016 to March 26, 2016

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Pushing the boundaries of what flamenco can be and say in the contemporary world.
  • Residency with Leonor Leal, March 23-26, 2016, Duke University. 

    • Leonor Leal will give a talk for Wednesdays @ the Center. Wed, March 23, 12pm, 240 Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Rd. Free and open to the public. Light lunch served.
    • Leonor Leal will give a lecture/demo with Jose Luis Rodriguez and Francisco "Yiyi" Orozco. Friday, March 25, 7pm, Ark Dance Studio. Free to the public. Reception to follow.
    • Leonor Leal will give an open master class. Sat, March 26, 11-12:30pm, Ark Dance Studio. Free and open to the public.
    • See her at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSpdEhf1mF0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kw4LKU_ggI

Leonor Leal began her dance education in Jerez de la Frontera in classical and Spanish dance. Later she also took up flamenco, studying with several prominent teachers both in Jerez and Seville. Her first professional engagements were in the companies of Antonio El Pipa, Andrès Marin, Javier Baron and in the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia conducted by Cristina Hoyos. She performed in well-known productions such as “Femenino Plural, “Alicia,” “El Pais de las Maravillas,” “Serenata Andaluza,” “Jovenes Valores del Flamenco” and “Viva Jerez.” In 2008 she presented her first choreography “Leoleole” at the festival of Jerez 2008, and was also named the most outstanding female dancer at a renowned contest in Madrid. This recognition allowed her to break through both in Spain and abroad. She has danced in several Sevillian tablaos and taught at the “Andres Marin-Flamenco Abierto” academy in the Spanish capital.

We are excited to announce the Spring 2016 residencies of two acclaimed flamenco dancers from Spain. Belén Maya and Leonor Leal are placed among the best flamenco dancers in Spain today. Both have impeccable credentials in the traditional flamenco form, and both are pushing the boundaries of what flamenco can be and say in the contemporary world. Each artist will visit established courses, and present master classes, demonstrations and small group sessions during their four-day residencies in February and March. We are also co-sponsoring the return of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana to Motorco Music Hall over the Valentine’s Day weekend, February .

These events are co-sponsored with the generous support of Spanish Studies and the Program in Women's Studies at Duke.