Jorge Navarro's ardent devotion to Flamenco rhythm, music, and dance is readily evident. His involvement in Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance, and Baile Español spans more than thirty years: first as a dance company member, then lead dancer & soloist, and finally as the founder and director of a number of companies.
His work as a dancer, choreographer, instructor, lecturer, restauranteur, actor, and artistic director have all had their basis in Flamenco.
He has toured worldwide as a principal dancer and director of Flamenco companies and has appeared on the great stages of Carnegie Hall, Jacob's Pillow and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His film credits include, among many others, "Take Me Out Tonight," "Death of My Past," and "Devil's Advocate." In addition to his role in Devil's Advocate, Mr. Navarro was the dance and choreography consultant to the director of the film and taught choreography to Al Pacino. Mr. Navarro has been teaching Flamenco dance for more than twenty years, conducting workshops across the United States, and as distantly as South Korea.
Currently, Mr. Navarro is the Artistic Director of the The New York Center For Flamenco Performing Arts/ArtsFlamenco, as well as being the proprietor of Alegrias - a venue that hosts Friday & Saturday evening performances of Flamenco music and dance at La Nacional in New York City.
Antonio Hidalgo began his professional career at the Flamenco festivals in Cordoba, Spain. In 1984, he became a member of the Spanish Ballet of Carmen Mota, which toured Italy, France, Monte Carlo, South America and the United States. The company also performed frequently throughout Spain.
In 1990, Mr. Hidalgo became an independent solo dancer. Since that time, he has performed with various dance companies in the Costa del Sol and in Flamenco tablaos. He has directed and choreographed several Flamenco productions including, among many others, "Fiesta de Andalucia" in Spain and "Palais des Beux Arts" in Brussels. He has performed with the ballet of Antonio Gades, the ballet of Jose Greco, the "Tablao El Flamenco" in Japan, and Maria Benitez' "Estampa Flamenca." He has made frequent appearances on international television and has performed, with his own dance company, in Japan and in many venues in Spain.
Mr. Hidalgo began working with "Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana" in 1998. His choreographies and performances were premiered to great acclaim in "Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana" at The Joyce Theater in New York City in 2001 and 2002. Most recently, Mr. Hidalgo is producing work for La Compania de Jorge Navarro and has co-produced and performed in "Los Hombres" in New York and "El Cristo de Los Flamenco" in Albuquerque, New Mexico.