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natalia monteleon, director
tribute to those who have mentored and taught me
First and foremost - a true artist, extraordinary guitarist, and the finest friend and human being. How fortunate I was to have been associated with him. I owe everything to him and his lovely wife Mari-Carmen.
The most influential and important dancer in my career. A fountain of inspiration - I admire her so much.
Paco del Puerto
In New Orleans for only a few years, Paco danced, taught and kept everyone on their toes with his antics and exhausting all day rehearsals. I cherish this photo of Paco and I from JazzFest.
An encyclopedia of the old cante, and he had the stories and tales to go with it. And when he sang anything from Malaga....chills would go up your spine.
Bohemian to the core, kind, funny, over-the-top Torcuato has been playing in the DC area for almost 50 years. Still a kid at heart!
Paco de Malaga
accompanied classes for his wife Ana Martinez, and accompanied me when I had the honor of subbing for her at el Tio Pepe in Georgetown. Paco and Ana are still among my heroes.
The great and amazing Tati - need I say more?
My very first teacher. A classic artist of the old school - we always called her Mrs. Morales - never Maria! She taught clasico espanol to generations; flamenco was still on the horizon for me.
One of my first teachers - isn't she elegant! This photo brings back the days when we still used castanets in serious flamenco.
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