It’s a GREAT place to see flamenco! Come out and enjoy a fabulous evening, my friends!


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I had the AWESOME opportunity to perform at the New Music Arizona Concert by the Chaparral MusicFest in Prescott on September 10th. It was a special concert for me because I was asked to dance to a new musical piece composed by Chris Burton Jácome and I was also asked to perform a piece that I had not danced in many years. The piece is entitled, ‘Conquistador’ or Conqueror. For those familiar with flamenco, it is a Farruca. I danced this piece with Calo Flamenco and the Artistic Director of that company, Martín Gaxiola had set the choreography while Chris set the music. The piece (footwork and all) is captured on Chris’ CD ‘LEVANTO‘.

Photo with Calo Flamenco performing ‘Conquistador’.

Needless to say, it was an honor to perform this piece. It held special meaning for me, since I began my flamenco dance training and career with Calo FlamencoMartín Gaxiola being my first flamenco dance instructor and a mentor ever since. Much gratitude also to Chris for being an incredible mentor to me from the moment I put on my first pair of flamenco shoes!


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Stop by Tapa’s Papa Fritas this Saturday, June 9, 2012.  I’ll be performing with Chris Burton Jácome and Martín Gaxiola. Music begins at 7:30pm and dancing begins at 8:15pm.  No cover.


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Chris Burton Jácome’s song “Sin Ti” from his latest CD, LEVANTO


in the

John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Category!!!

Please help “Sin Ti” win the Lennon Award

That’s right! Chris’ song “Ritmo-Canix” won last year and now “Sin Ti” is competing in the same online voting process to become the Lennon Award Winner for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Music Category 2 years in a row!!! Please vote so Chris can become one of the only artists in the contest’s history to win the category 2 years in a row!

Voting starts Wednesday March 28th, 2012. Please vote once a day starting on March 28th, 2012 and ending on April 27th, 2012!

To vote for “Sin Ti”, please follow these steps:

1. Visit

2. Scroll down and choose the “World Category” (lower left)

3. You MUST register your email address (sorry about that!) If you registered and voted last year, it will not make you renew. Please proceed to step #7.

4. They (JLSC and Sonicbids) will send you an email and you must click on the link in that email to start actually voting.

5. That link takes you to the “Email Address Confirmation” Page

6. IMPORTANT: you must then follow the “Please click here to continue” link.

7. Choose the appropriate choice from the first drop down list that asks you if you are a songwriter, musician, etc. and SKIP down to choose you are a “fan of the artist”. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FILL OUT ANY OF THE ADDRESS INFO.

8. FINALLY: Select “Chris Burton Jácome ‘Sin Ti’” if you feel it is truly the stronger candidate of the two songs.

9. Give yourself a big hug from me, because I am so very thankful for your vote and your efforts!

10. Please repeat steps 1-9 daily until April 27th, 2012.

Thank you for your support!


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The Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble will be performing at Desert Botanical Garden as part of their Music in the Garden Series.

Artists include:  Chris Burton Jácome, Martín Gaxiola, Emerson Laffey, Adrian Goldenthal & Lena Jácome

Concert Details:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

12noon – 2:00pm

$21.00 General Admission

$8.00 Children

Doors open at 11:00am

Open seating

To purchase tickets:


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I’ll be performing tonight and tomorrow night at Tapa’s Papa Fritas.  Tonight, February 10th with flamenco guitarist, Chris Burton Jácome & flamenco dancer, Martin Gaxiola.  Tomorrow Night, February 11th I’ll be performing with Chris Burton Jácome and percussionist, Emerson Laffey.  Stop by! No Cover.  Music begins at 7:30pm and flamenco dancing begins at 8:15pm.


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This past January was my first visit to Chicago as I performed with The CBJ Flamenco Ensemble at the Old Town School of Folk Music located in Lincoln Park.  The concert was held on January 25, 2012 to a packed house. Though my time in Chicago was brief, I fell head-over-heels with the city.  I can’t wait to visit Chicago again!

Martin Gaxiola & Casey Blake

Chicago Baby!!

As I took all these images of the city, my back seat neighbor, Emerson Laffey is giving me the 411 on the architecture, rich history and interesting facts about the city.

Passing Lake Michigan on our way to the hotel.

Just down the street from our hotel.

Brief, but enjoyable time resting in my hotel room. This is a pretty consistent ‘look’ of my shared hotel room with roomy, Casey Blake.  Her bed generally looks in order…. mine… not so much!

The dressing room.

Casey at the venue, making sure everything is in order.

With Chris getting a quick bite as the sound is getting set up.

Sound check.


A much needed dinner and my staple post or pre- performance meal: Steak and eggs

This was Chris’ after performance dinner.

I never saw the sun in Chicago.  This photo was taken on our way out the following day. I’m looking forward to seeing much more of Chicago!


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I spent more time in Lancaster, Ohio with the CBJ Flamenco Ensemble, but somehow accumulated more photos during my brief visit to Olney, Illinois. I’m not sure how I managed to do that, considering I was only there for one full day and two nights!  Olney is known for their white squirrel, hence a few images of the white squirrel in action are included in this blog (images of all white squirrels are courtesy: Julia Chacón).

The theater.

Chris Burton Jácome

Chris & Meagan Chandler during sound check.

Awww. I love this photo.

In between two beautiful ladies: Flamenco dancer, Julia Chacón and flamenco singer, Meagan Chandler

I love this photo too!

Catching Casey Blake in action.

During the evening concert, held January 24, 2012 at Olney Central College. Sitting with amazing dancers, Martín Gaxiola & Julia Chacón. Performance images courtesy: Kevin Ryden.

Julia dancing her beautiful Soléa.

Pictured with two super-talented musicians:  Percussionist, Emerson Laffey and Bassist Adrian Goldenthal.

The beautiful Meagan.

I wish I had performance images of Martin Gaxiola to share.  It’s unfortunate that I don’t since he’s such an AMAZING dancer & performer.

Next stop is Chicago!!!


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I performed with the CBJ Flamenco Ensemble in Lancaster, Ohio on January 22, 2012. It had been a week since I hadn’t seen the sun.  As a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, I’m fortunate to see the sun most of the year.  It’s an absolutely wonderful way to live.  So you can image my enthusiasm when the sun peeked out while traveling to Lancaster.

The drive to Lancaster, Ohio.  The sun is out!!!!

Brief stop for food before getting on the road again.  During this tour I think we accumulated 1700 miles of driving.  Sounds like fun….

Adrian Goldenthal & Casey Blake

Chris Burton Jacome, me & Casey Blake.  We just found a health food store.  We’re so happy!!!

The Theater.

Great photo of Emerson Laffey & Meagan Chandler.  Images taken at the restaurant are courtesy: Casey Blake.

Julia Chacon, Casey & Chris.

With Martin Gaxiola enjoying great Mexican Food!!!

Yes!! We were all hungry!

Steak, beans and guacamole.  Can’t help but smile!

On the road again.  Next stop – Olney, Illinois.


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I spent a few days in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania with the CBJ Flamenco Ensemble for a concert held on January 19, 2012.  I had the opportunity to enjoy the snow!  Was it COLD!!!! Wellsboro is a cute town with a population of about 3300, although it did seem much larger to me.  Below are some images of my time there.

Enjoying the COOL weather!

On our way to the venue. Martin and Casey.

View outside my car window.


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With good friend and stage manager extraordinaire, Casey Blake.

Dancing the happy dance.

Flamenco dancers, Martin Gaxiola and Julia Chacon.

During tech listening to the beautiful Meagan Chandler.

After the performance.


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