About Arte Flamenco
About Arte Flamenco
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Founded in 2005 by Joyce Mabel
Lou, Arte Flamenco Malaysia is blessedly supported by a core group of
flamenco enthusiasts and friends.
Joyce Mabel last
resided in Manila, Philippines, and was first introduced to Flamenco
and Spanish dances there. She studied under the tutelage and guidance
of Ms Marissa Aboitiz, and has had the privilege to perform with Ms
Aboitiz’s dance company, Grupo de Baile Andaluz in
Manila. Joyce Mabel was also trained by Senor Guillermo Gomez, a
much respected figure in the flamenco community in Manila.
Upon her return to Kuala
Lumpur, Joyce Mabel found only a handful of flamenco enthusiasts. With
her passion for the dance, she tirelessly worked towards her goals of
generating interest in and introducing flamenco to Malaysians.
Arte Flamenco is also a
member of the Spanish Dance Institute, now known as the Instituto de la
Danza Española (SDI), which was established in 1985. Arte
Flamenco remains to be the only formal studio in Malaysia recognized by
the Institute offering its syllabus.
In December 2007, Arte
Flamenco reached another milestone by presenting and staging the first
ever locally produced flamenco theatrical production,
SUEÑOS DE AMOR.
DE AMOR was presented in conjunction with the Rose Borromeo
Spanish Dance Company and was co-sponsored by Internexia Sdn Bhd under
the auspices of Puan Bismilah Kadir.
Joyce Mabel continues her
passion for flamenco with continued tutelage under Maestra Deanna
Blacher, founder of the Instituto, Ms Rose Borromeo, Artistic Director
and founder of Rose Borromeo Spanish Dance Company (RBSDC) and Mr Angel
Gomez, Professor de Baile SDI. In addition, she regularly attends
workshops by renowned artistes such as Jose Galvan, Antonio Vargas,
Aida Gomez, Sarah Baras, Francine Sweet and Clara Ramona and the
Compania Miguel Sergovia in KL and in Spain. Joyce Mabel is also proud
to be a member of the Rose Borromeo Spanish Dance Company, based in
Arte Flamenco currently meets
and conducts classes out of Sun Yoga and Caterpillar Studio.
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