Connecting with ourselves, our community, and the world through the passion of flamenco.
Our work is alive. Honoring tradition. Sometimes experimental. Always committed.
Now in its sixth year, Deborah Elias Danza Española has been making this vision a reality through its original performances, artist residencies in K-12 schools, and touring and teaching across Minnesota.
We create ORIGINAL WORKS AND PERFORMANCES, both those that honor the traditions of flamenco, and those that explore the boundaries of the art form. We make them accessible, through affordable ticket prices and taking them on the road into greater Minnesota.
We actively work in the schools, through ARTIST RESIDENCIES that share the flamenco art form and help kids succeed. Each year we work with at least six St. Paul schools, and reach over 500 students.
We instigate the CORO FLAMENCO STREET CHOIR, a community ensemble that is part procession, part flash mob, and part sing-along. The only group of its kind in the U.S., we do an annual Flamenco Christmas Procession, and in 2016 our first Spring Procession (made possible with Knight Arts Challenge funding).
We seek connections in all of the work we do - connections between artists, audiences, and beyond. Our activities have brought the art of flamenco to more than 5,000 children and 2,000 adults, and engaged 20 artists, 11 arts organizations, 5 libraries and 25 schools. Through these activities we fulfill one of our primary goals: For audiences and artists to experience, engage, learn, and connect through the passion of flamenco.
Deborah Elias Danza Española was formalized in 2010. It is the performing company of Deborah Elias, as well as the organizational structure behind her work. It is guided by Deborah Elias as Director, and an Advisory Committee whose members bring expertise in a broad range of disciplines, including arts education, marketing, economics, and budgeting.
The mission of Deborah Elias Danza Española is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in flamenco and Spanish classical dance, music, and culture through high-quality, accessible educational activities, performances, and new boundary-exploring works that lead them to explore connections between these cultural expressions and themselves, other art forms, and the world. The artistic philosophy is that such relevant arts experiences enrich the individual while increasing understanding and acceptance of others.
As a fiscally-sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a 501(c)3 organization, Deborah Elias Danza Española is able to operate as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, including accepting tax-deductible donations.
We would love your help! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Deborah Elias Danza Española to help us continue making these connections through our performances of original works, educational programs, and touring activities! You can donate online here.