The Flamenco Collective…
is a not for profit incorporated association formed in 2017 by a dedicated group of flamenco aficionados and enthusiasts to share a love and passion for flamenco and Spanish arts and culture.
is to celebrate and promote Spanish performing arts in Western Australia.
to host an annual Flamenco Festival showcasing local artists while exposing the local community to high quality international and national artists through performances and workshops.
Who We Are
Working together for the first time, The Flamenco Collective organising committee are some of Perth’s best Spanish and flamenco dancers who have studied with internationally renowned artists, performed and taught throughout Australia and overseas. The majority of committee members run their own WA-based performance companies and are directors and/or senior teachers in dance schools across the Perth metro area.
Ashanti Suriyam is the committee Chair and responsible for bringing the idea of a Perth “flamenco collective” to fruition. Born dancing, Ashanti delights in bringing high calibre international guest artists to Perth to perform and teach and is the director of Perth’s only exclusively adult dance studio, The Dance Workshop.
The matriarchs of the committee, Lynn Martlew and Michelle Jarrott, were first introduced to Spanish dance when studying at WAAPA in the 1980s. From WAAPA they were handpicked by Maestra Deanna Blacher OAM to form WA’s first Spanish Dance Company (Danza Viva) in 1985. They toured throughout the State before devoting their time to further intensive study and specialist dance teaching at the prestigious Charlesworth Ballet Institute.
Karen Mooney and Nicola de la Rosa trained with the Danza Viva Spanish Dance Academy and performed as principal dancers with the Danza Viva Spanish Dance Company. As long-time friends and colleagues, they are now co-directors of the newly established Spanish Dance Company. Both have extensive dance and teaching experience spanning the course of 25 years. Karen is also a costume designer and runs Spanish costume and accessories company, Fuego Flamenco.
Farida Rabih is the director of Casa Del Compas, Perth’s largest Spanish dance school, and the director and principal dancer of performance company Puro Flamenco. Following in the footsteps of her Spanish dancer mother, Elena, Farida returns to Spain regularly, organising study trips, and bringing internationally renowned artists to Perth.
Destined for a career in dance, Deanna Faust was first introduced to Spanish dance at the age of 10. However, her real passion for Flamenco was ignited when studying under Laura Uhe in Melbourne. Deanna’s return to Perth was followed by an invitation to teach Advanced Flamenco at The Dance Workshop and as a soloist with performance company, Flamenco Puro.
Julia Anwar McHenry (Julia Lopez) supports marketing and funding grant applications for The Flamenco Collective’s events and activities. From a company dancer with Danza Viva to guest artist with Clara Ramona & Co. in Manila (Philippines), Julia is a freelance Spanish dancer, teacher, and arts administrator.