Sun News Report
Posted: 12/25/2010 10:58:30 PM MST
Flamenco dancer and Silver City native Lena J come returns to her hometown next… Courtesy: Sylvia Hardt Photography
SILVER CITY – Accomplished flamenco dancer and Silver City native Lena Jácome returns to her hometown next month to perform with her husband, flamenco guitar master Chris Burton Jácome.

The Jácomes will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard. Tickets are available in advance at Alotta Gelato or at the door. Cost is $10 for general admission, $8 for students, with ID at the door only.

The Jácomes currently reside in Mesa, Ariz., where Lena performs with the Chris Burton Jácome (CBJ) Flamenco Ensemble as well as CALO FLAMENCO.

Lena graduated from Silver High School, received her bachelor of fine arts degree in dance performance from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Fla., and her master of fine arts degree in dance performance and choreography from Arizona State University.

“It’s such a treat to perform in my hometown,” said Lena, who was also a member of the Silver City Drill Team during her high school years. “I remember the first time I performed in front of an audience and from that moment on, I knew that I would pursue a career in the performing arts.”

Her father, Ray Delfin Jr., worked as a surveyor for the copper mines, including UV Industries, Phelps Dodge and Cobre Mining. Her mother, Rose Delfin, worked as a secretary for Title I and the Bilingual Department of the Silver City public schools. Both parents are retired and continue to reside in Silver City along with siblings Ray Delfin III and Monica Dunn.

In addition to performing, choreographing and instructing, Lena also models and acts through a Phoenix-based modeling and talent agency.Her husband, Chris, is a Tucson native and University of Arizona alum who has recorded five albums: Levanto, Flamenco, Pa’Lante, Motivaci n, and It’s a Flamenco Guitar Christmas, and established himself as a flamenco master. His music can be heard on the Emmy-award-winning PBS special “Flamenco,” on popular TV shows “Kyle xy” and “Greek” and in the feature films “Amreeka” and “9/Tenths.” His shows often sell out and are said to capture flamenco music at its best. He is considered one of the most in-demand flamenco guitarists in the United States.

Born into one of Tucson’s pioneer families, his family owned the popular department store of the same name in downtown Tucson for more than 84 years.

Chris began playing the guitar when he was just 13 years old and after graduating from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s of fine arts in classical guitar and a bachelor of arts in Spanish literature, he traveled to Sevilla, Spain, to study with the greatest performers of this era, including Miguel Arag n, Manolo Franco, Juan del Gastor, Juan Amador, Juana Amaya, Enrique Robles, Segundo Falc n and Cristo “El Francés.

“I make music from my experiences in the hope that the audience will take a journey with me to another world, the world of the gypsies of Andaluc a, Spain,” said Chris. “I love sharing the art of flamenco with my audiences.”

In addition to performing with his own successful ensemble, the Chris Burton Jácome (CBJ) Flamenco Ensemble, he also tours with and is the musical director of CALO FLAMENCO: Ballet de Mart n Gaxiola, one of the largest touring flamenco troupes in the United States, for which he composes all of the company’s music.

This dynamic flamenco duo will be joined by flamenco dancer Carolyn Holguin, who currently resides in Silver City.

View article in the El Paso Times

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