May 5–7, 2017

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

An Iconic Journey: A Celebration of 35 Years



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Artistic Director Esmeralda Enrique marks this important milestone with a presentation that honours EESDC’s significant accomplishments with re-imaginings of past works while it looks to the future with fresh and inventive new creations.

Valued for its important pioneering contribution to the development of flamenco in Canada and gorgeous, ferocious, passionate dancing, the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company peerlessly stands on the pillars of traditional flamenco singing, dance and music while beautifully balancing classicism with a contemporary aesthetic.

Enjoy a captivating and exhilarating evening of flamenco and Spanish dance by this award winning company of dancers and musicians performed with power and elegance.

Voted by NOW Magazine readers as Toronto’s Best Dance Company in 2015.

While maintaining the tenets of traditional flamenco singing, dance and music, the company presents a style that holds in perfect balance tradition and classicism with a contemporary aesthetic. EESDC has been presenting an annual Toronto Season since 1990 and has developed an ever expanding repertoire that has earned both critical and popular acclaim. With unique, talented dancers and musicians the Company is recognized for the exceptional level of their productions receiving two Dora Mavor Moore Awards in addition to numerous nominations over the years, NOW Magazine readers voted EESDC Toronto’s Best Dance Company for 2015. Passionate and driven, the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company continues to enthrall audiences with its commitment to imaginative choreography and artistic excellence.

Esmeralda Enrique is one of the most celebrated Flamenco dance artists in Canada. Lauded internationally as a choreographer and teacher, she is the founder of the Academy of Spanish Dance and the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, renowned for its innovation, versatility and artistic excellence.

Esmeralda grew up in the flamenco tradition, studying dance as a child and was working professionally by the age of 14.  She has received numerous awards including being named one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2008.  She received the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Vision Award for Arts and Culture and the inaugural Young Centre for the Performing Arts Dance Award as Senior Artist in 2012, the year that marked the thirtieth anniversary of both the school and company. In 2014 the City of Barrie, Ontario dedicated their fifth annual Rhythmfest to Esmeralda in recognition of her contribution to dance in Canada and North America and she was awarded the Pioneers Award in Art and Dance from the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council. Ms. Enrique has also been honoured with Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Performance in 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2006 and for Outstanding New Choreography in 2009and 2015. Ms. Enrique is also the founder of The Art of Flamenco Symposium, held in 2011 and 2013 in Toronto. Esmeralda reveals in her work a total mastery and love of the art.

Her infinite creativity, energy, and passion will continue to convey a true love for the art of flamenco for generations to come. Undoubtedly her spirit and energy over the last thirty-four years have helped make flamenco a vibrant, driving force on the Canadian dance landscape.