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Julia Chacón was born in Albuquerque, NM and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She trained extensively in ballet, and started Spanish dance at age 12 with Lydia Torea (former principal soloist with José Greco). Julia graduated from the University of New Mexico where she studied modern dance with Bill Evans and flamenco with Eva Encinas Sandoval. Throughout college she attended New Mexico's Festival Flamenco, arguably the most prestigious flamenco event outside of Spain. Exposure to artists such as Eva Yerbabuena, the Farruco Family, Antonio Canales, Belen Maya, Mayte Martin, el Extremeño, and el Viejin changed the direction of her life.

After college Julia moved to Madrid, Spain to study at Amor de Dios school of Spanish Dance where she studied under el Ciro, Belen Maya, Rafaela Carrasco and Manuel Reyes. She returned to the US and joined María Benítez' Teatro Flamenco (Santa Fe/Madrid) with whom she performed four seasons and worked with Inmaculada Ortega, Antonio Granjero, Juan Siddi, Antonio Andrade, Pedro Cortes, Chuscales, and others.

She later joined Flamenco Vivo Carlota Sanana (NY/Madrid) with whom she completed 6 national tours performing with artists such as Antonio Hidalgo, Matias Lopez Exposito, Gaspar Rodriguez, Andres Peña, Carlos Rodriguez, Angel Rojas, and others.

In 2012-2013 she split her time between the US and Seville, Spain where she she performd with José Galván y su Cuadro, with whom she danced at the Peña Torres Macarena. In Spain she also performed with Jesus de Utrera, Tudela, Alvaro Gomez, Chabuca, Maria Jose Luna, and others in Seville, Galicia, Huelva, and Madrid. In 2013 she was featured in, Tranquilo Hombre, a short film, shot in Seville, about a flamenco dancer who continues to dance despite a debilitating accident.

Julia's choreography was performed in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Shanghai Opera House (performed by Chinese dancer Lydia Xie). In addition to performing in Spain, she has performed in Mexico, Colombia, and over 100 cities across 36 of the United States.

Julia has taught nationally in private studios and art education programs. She has written and co-written six Spanish Dance curriculums that have been implemented in New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, and Arizona schools. She was a featured presenter at the National Dance Education Organization National Conference in 2010 (Tempe, USA) and she has touched the lives of thousands of children through classes, lecture demonstrations, and curriculum development.

Julia founded Inspiración Flamenca in 2008 in Santa Fe, NM. Since moving to Arizona in 2013, she has served on the Advisory Committee of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Discovery Series (2014-2015 season); was chair of Origination, a Festival of Native Cultures; presented two concerts at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts; volunteers for the City of Scottsdale; has taught in Phoenix, Peoria, and Tempe public and private schools; and has collaborated with Scorpius Dance Theater, and other Valley dance companies. Inspiración Flamenca has the honor of being the first local dance company to be presented by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on August 28th, 2015.

(Updated August, 2015)



Flamenco Companies
• Inspiración Flamenca, USA. 2008-present.
Cuadro de José Galván, Sevilla, Spain. 2012-2013
CBJ Flamenco Ensemble. USA. 2012-2013.
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, USA, Colombia. 2006-2012.
María Benítez' Teatro Flamenco, Santa Fe, NM. 2006-2007.

Special Appearances
Scottsdale CPA. Virginia G Piper Theater. Live & Local Fridays. Scottsdale, AZ Aug. 28, 2015.
• Flagstaff Arboretum Concert Series. Flagstaff, AZ. Aug. 1, 2015.
• Origination! Scottsdale CPA, Fountain Theater. Scottsdale, AZ March 29, 2015.
• Unmasking the Mystery of Flamenco, Scottsdale CPA, Stage2. Scottsdale AZ. Feb. 3, 2015.
• Inspiración Flamenca. Peoria CPA, Gyder Theater. Peoria, AZ Jan. 10, 2015.
• Esperanza. Peoria CPA, McMillan Theater. Peoria, AZ/ Nov. 21-22, 2014
• Ole Tablao, San Antonio, TX. July 26, 2014.
Lluvia Flamenca. Crescent Ballroom. Phoenix, AZ. Nov. 2013.
Pazo los Escudos Hotel. Vigo, Spain. June, 2013.
Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ. April, 2013.
• Pike's Peak Center, Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. Colorado Springs, CO. Dec., 2012.
Peña Torres Macarena. Seville, Spain. Nov., 2012.
Abrapalabra Festival. Bucaramanga, Colombia. Oct., 2009.
• Dancing On, UNM Alumni Chorographers. Albuquerque, NM. Oct., 2009
• San Carlos Performing Arts Series. San Carlos, Mexico. Jan., 2009.
• Tifton Arts Festival . Tifton, GA. Jan., 2008.
• Santa Fe Dance Festival. Santa Fe, NM. June, 2007.
• Loyola Marymount University Guitar Festival, Los Angeles, CA. March, 2006.
• Dance Telluride!, Telluride, CO. Feb., 2006.
Scottsdale Center for the Arts, AZ. May, 2005.

Tapas Papa Frita. Scottsdale, AZ. 2012-2015.
• Caffe Daniel, Paradise Valley, AZ. 2014.
Sala Garufa. Seville, Spain. 2013.
La Caja Negra. Seville, Spain. 2012-2013
La Boca/Taberna. Santa Fe, NM. 2012-2013.
Tapas y Tintos. Miami, FL. 2009.
• Pipa. New York, NY. 2008.
Taberna del Alabadero, Washinton, DC. 2005.

Artistic Direction
• Inspiración Flamenca. AZ, GA, NM, Mexico. 2008-preent.
• Flamenco!, Flagstaff, AZ. 2013, 2015.
• Alas y Raices. Benitez Cabaret. Santa Fe, NM. Feb., 2008.
• Nights of Sevilla. Santa Fe, NM. 2007.

Guest Choreography
• FlaMexico! (CBJ Flamenco Ensemble), Chandler CPA, Chandler, AZ. Aug, 2014.
Tangos (Caminos Flamencos), Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ. 2013.
• De España Vengo (El Niño Judeo), Pablo Luna. Colorado Springs, CO. 2012.
• Interlude & Dance (La Vida Breve), Manuel de Falla. Coloado Springs, CO. 2012.
• Milonga, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, USA. 2012.
• Soleares, USA. 2011.
• Danza del Molinero (Sombrero de Tres Picos). Shanghai Opera House. Shanghai, China. 2006.

Teaching Experience
• Private sector studios. NM, AZ, WA, MO, NC. 2006-2015
• Various public and private schools in the Phoenix Valley, AZ. 2013-2015.
Carlota Santana Project Olé Arts Education K-12 Workshops. NC, NY. 2007-2012.
Institute for Spanish Arts. Santa Fe, NM. 2006-2012.
• New Mexico Public Schools, 2006-2011.
National Dance Education Organization Annual Conference. Tempe, AZ. Oct., 2010.

Publications and Other Media
• Dance Studio Life Magazine. Fire & Passion, by M. Simpson. pp.91-95. Jan., 2010.
KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio. Gotta Dance Radio Show. April, 2009.
Local Flavor Magazine. Hear the Heartbeat, by G. Snyder. pp. 30-31.March-April, 2008.
The Collector's Guide. Flamenco, Romancing the Dance. By M. Montaño. pp.212-225. 2009-2010.
The Travel Channel: Passport to Great Weekends, Santa Fe. First aired: Sep., 2008

• BFA, Dance, magna cum laude, University of New Mexico.
• BS, Anthroopology, University of New Mexico.
Amor de Dios Spanish Dance Academy, Madrid Spain.
Academía de Baile de José Galván, Seville, Spain.
Academía de Baile de Manuel Betanzo, Triana, Spain.

(Updated August, 2015.)

Full Curriculum Vitae available upon request!


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