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World-renowned Spanish Dancer Inesita, who has been one of the most prolific artists for more than eight decades on stage and screen, is bringing back her Flamenco Alhambra troupe on Saturday, Oct. 27, to the Alhambra Performing Arts Center.
Alhambra Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Chef and Artistic Director Bill Yee, will present the world-renowned Spanish dancer Inesita, who has been one of the most prolific artists for more than eight decades on stage and screen. She is bringing back her Flamenco Alhambra troupe at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, to Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra. This dance performance is free to the public.
Inesita has performed in all-solo concerts internationally including Madrid, London, Liverpool, Paris, New York City, Mexico City, and Valletta, Malta. American tours have taken her to communities from coast to coast. Born in New York City, (Yorkville), she moved with her parents to Los Angeles at age 13 and began early studies in Spanish dance. Additional instruction in Mexico led inevitably to Spain, where she studied under the legendary El Estampio; Regla Ortega, of the famous Ortega family; and a number of other renowned teachers. She has appeared in all possible venues over an extensive career in concerts, films with Bob Hope and others, musical theater, and cabaret showcasing her vast range in all aspects of Spanish dance and pure flamenco.
Miguel Bernal is a brilliant and gifted flamenco dance artist as well as a singer and actor. He is known as a profound and serious performer. His ability has granted him various concert engagements within the United States. A high point of his career was a tour with the renowned company of Jose Greco and Nana Lorca culminating in an appearance with them and the Boston Pops Orchestra, which was televised nationally.
Clarita, a dancer, singer, teacher, and choreographer who has an extensive background in all facets of Spanish dance, including regional, Escuela Bolera, and flamenco. While living in Sevilla, Clarita’s gifts was recognized by Sevilla’s leading male dancer, Curro Velez. Mr. Velez presented her at El Arenal, a foremost tablao, and her dance career exploded. Afterward, she was highly regarded as a solo artist and performed with La Familia Montoya and appeared with many prominent flamenco stars in Spain.
Tina Love, “La Nubia,” has a background in ballet and modern dance and fell in love with Flamenco much later in life. Her first teacher was Ana Galindo in 2001. Over the years, she has taken workshops with various famous performers:Antoinette Lopez, Timo Nunez, Pamela Lourant, Lakshimi Basile, and other well-known teachers. Ms. Love has a group, Love Flamenco, that performs in Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara annually. She is excited by her new role in producing tablao style flamenco shows at the Four Seasons Biltmore, Montecito. She is also a film maker, and flamenco is often represented in her film work,
Stamen Wetzel is an experienced traditional flamenco guitarist and is active as accompanist for flamenco dancers and singers playing for performances and classes. Among the artists he has worked with are Luisa Triana, Margo, Chinin de Triana, Dolores Fernandez, Inesita, Teo Morca, Pepita Sevilla, Miguel de Malaga, Miguel Bernal, and many more. Mr. Wetzel studied for many years under Jeronimo Villarino (de Rio Tinto) as his primary instructor. Mr. Villarino was guitarist for the great figures of flamenco, such as La Argentina (Antonia Merce), La Argentinita, Carmen Amaya, Rosario and Antonio, and numerous others.
Benjamin Shearer has been an active member of the flamenco community for many years. He is a respected accompanist and musician, having performed with the leading Flamenco artists in the Los Angeles area. He has worked as a studio musician for Capitol Records and has numerous radio and television performances to his credit. His primary musical influences came from his friend and teacher Jeronimo Villarino as well as Julio de Los Reyes with whom he also studied. Apart from his work as a guitarist, Mr. Shearer owns and operates the Shearer Musical Instrument Co. in Oxnard, California. He builds and distributes his own line of guitars and other stringed instruments.
Mr. Yee has produced free monthly world-class music and dance programs at his Alhambra Performing Arts Center for more than 12 years. As an award-winning professional chef and high honors graduate of prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, he also owns the Alhambra Culinary School, which has free Entry Level Prep Cook training for veterans, the Chef Kids program for children age 6 – 13, and adults and high school students. He also owns popular LA Omelets & Catering Service, is a contract chef at the 5-star Langham Huntington Hotel on weekends in Pasadena, and is the omelet chef for Wolfgang Puck at Netflix. He worked as a Sous Chef for the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia for several years and is the president of the Le Cordon Bleu Alumni Association and VP of the LA Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.
During Oct. 5 – 7, Chef Yee and his chef team will provide chef services at the LA Greek Festival at St. Sophia Cathedral near downtown LA hosted by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson for an anticipated 15,000 attendees.
A free-will offering will be taken during the intermission, which includes treats from the chefs from the Alhambra Culinary School.
For more information, contact Mr. Yee at 626 230 5435, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for concerts information, catering services, and culinary school schedule.