With your support we support artists, expand cultural opportunities, and inspire with authentic flamenco.
Monique Leon-Ward, President
Susanna Cruz, Secretary
Linda Vega, Founder
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Maria 'LA Chacha' Bermudez has exposed audiences across the world to the unique style and sound of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain — recognized as the birthplace of Flamenco — and the city where Maria has resided for many years. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Flamenco company Sonidos Gitanos.
Her outstanding and critically acclaimed performances have graced venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lope de Vega in Sevilla, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles where she recently presented her sold-out show, Flamenco! Fiesta de la Bulería Jerez.
In Santa Barbara, she is the Director of Maria Bermudez Flamenco and Performing Arts, where she inspires a new generation of dancers.
Our founder, Linda Vega, is known for shaping the course of dance history in Santa Barbara. Among her many accomplishments is the making of 36 Old Spanish Days Spirits and Junior Spirits of Fiesta. Her vision to support dancers, collaborate with guest artists from Spain, and expand opportunities for the community to experience authentic Flamenco continue to guide our mission.
One of the most recognized Flamenco artists in the world, she performed on stages all over the world. Beginning in 1973, she toured extensively with Spain’s top companies, including Rafael de Córdoba, Luisillo, Antonio El Camborio, and many others. In 1982 she formed “Danzas de Espana,” and the company performed nationally as well as abroad.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and fund our mission.