Soledad Vallejo Fillola – Marisol – was
born in 1979 in Madrid, Spain. At the age of
5, she began her study of Spanish dance and ballet
at the Academia de Baile Oscar Zazo. She premiered
with the Compañía Daganzo in 1988,
at the age of nine, performing
classical Spanish dance.
furthered her flamenco studies at Amor de Dios
in Madrid with such renowned artists as El
Guito, Alejandro Granados, and La China. Her
extensive performing career includes such prestigious
Spanish venues as Teatro Bellas Artes and the
legendary tablao, Casa Patas. From 2002 to
2004, Marisol toured with Compañia el
Camborio throughout Italy performing in Carmen
and La Traviata.
began working with Carmela Greco in Tokyo,
Japan, during tours in 2001 and 2002. She joined
Compañía Carmela Greco in 2005.
Veláquez was born in Madrid, Spain in
1979 and began studying Spanish dance in 1984
at the Escuela Emilita Montesino. At the age
of 8, he entered the Conservatorio de Madrid
and premiered on stage in 1987 at the Teatro
Alcazar in the Compañía Alberto
Portillo’s show Los Flamenco Somos Así.
continued his flamenco studies at Amor de Dios
in Madrid, while actively performing at prominent
venues in Madrid, including the Teatro Bellas
Artes and Teatro Conde Duque, and in Barcelona,
London, Verona, and throughout the US. Carlos
has danced in the companies of Paco Peña,
Antonio Granjero, and José Greco and
also has danced as primer bailarín in
Teatro Calderón. He often can be seen
at the famous Casa Patas and the Café Chinitas
tablaos in Madrid.
studying with Carmela Greco at Amor de Dios,
Carlos joined Carmela on a tour in Tokyo, Japan,
in 2001 and 2002. He joined Compañía
Carmela Greco in 2005.
Menendez, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, began
her dance training at the age of nine at the
Peabody Preparatory division of the Peabody Institute
with Maria Morales. She continued her flamenco
studies in New York City and Madrid, Spain.
returned to the Washington area in 1996 to
perform and choreograph. She danced in several
productions of the Washington National Opera,
including Doña Francisquita. She was
a featured soloist, along with renowned classical
guitarist Manuel Barrueco, in the Baltimore
Symphony Orchestra’s 2002 Symphony with
a Twist series, and again in the BSO’s
February 2005 production of El Amor Brujo.
Her unique talent has led to over fifty performances
with the BSO as a part of their concert series.
Anna has also performed with the La Truco Flamenco
company at the Albeniz Theater in Madrid.
received an Artists’ Fellowship by the
D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
in 2003 to further her flamenco studies in
Spain. She co-directed a full evening flamenco
production in 2003, Bailes Ineditos, which
was presented to sold-out audiences in Washington,
DC and Chicago. She currently teaches flamenco
in both Maryland and Washington, DC.
2004, Anna had the privilege of working with
Carmela Greco in the production Intimo presented
in Washington, DC. Anna joined Compañía
Carmela Greco in 2005.
Aparicio began his studies of dance and flamenco
in Washington, DC at the age of seventeen. Edwin
deepened his studies of flamenco at the Amor
de Dios studio in Madrid with La Tati and Tómas
de Madrid. In 2001, Edwin made his flamenco debut
in Spain at the legendary tablao, Casa Patas,
has performed as a soloist throughout the US
with such companies as the José Greco
Company and Reynaldo Rincón, and shared
the stage with such acclaimed artists as Chuscales,
Silverio Heredia, Roberto Castellón,
Pedro Cortés, La Truco, Pastora Galván,
and José Luis Rodríguez. Most
recently, he performed with Jovenes Flamenco
as a soloist and a company member at the Centro
Cultural de San Blas in Madrid.
teaches master classes; most recently, he held
a master class at the Flamenco in the Sun annual
festival in Miami, alongside internationally
acclaimed masters Belén Maya and Pastora
Galván. Edwin is also the artistic director
and choreographer of the flamenco production
Encuentros and co-director of the collaboration.
began working with Carmela Greco in 2004 by
collaborating on the choreography and direction
of the nationally acclaimed production Intimo.
He joined Compañía Carmela Greco
Antonio Jimenez, born in Madrid, began playing flamenco guitar in his youth. Following his inspiration of Manolo Sanlucar and forming his own unique style, Antonio quickly rose to playing in the top tablaos of Madrid such as Café de Chinitas, Corral de la Pacheca and Karibeu. He has accompanied such distinguished artists as La Chunga, Ramirez, La Chana, El Mimbre, and Carmela Greco. For over eight years, Antonio worked as the guitarist for the renowned Lola Flores.
In the mid-1980s, Antonio formed his own musical group, Los Cholos, whose first recording reached number one on the top 40 of Spanish radio. Over the course of the next six years, Antonioís group recorded two more compact discs, and their music reached outside of Spain to Germany and England.
Antonio joined the José Greco II Company as Music Director in 1992, with which he toured throughout the USA and Italy. In 2001, he composed the music for Climax, a production dedicated to the life of José Greco. Antonio toured with Lola Greco, Carmela Greco and José Greco
Junior with this production to the most important
theaters of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Currently,
Antonio teaches guitar in Madrid and is Music
Director of Compañía Carmela
Marlow began playing the guitar in childhood.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree
from the James Madison School of Music in 1997.
A native Washingtonian, Richard discovered the
flamenco guitar in college, after which he pursued
flamenco guitar studies in Sanlucar de Barrameda,
Spain with the world renowned master guitarist
1997, Richard has performed with Arte Flamenco
Dance Company in venues that include The Kennedy
Center’s Millenium Stage and The Baltimore
Museum of Art. In 2004, Marlow was the lead
guitarist in the production of Bailes Ineditos,
Encuentros and Intimo, together with Jesus
Montoya, Eli “La Truco” and Carmela
Greco. In 2005, he performed in The Kennedy
Center Concert Hall for the 20th DC Mayoral
Arts Awards, and in the production of Amor
Brujo with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
percussive style of playing is highly sought
after by flamenco artists. He can be seen playing
almost nightly at numerous venues in the Washington,
DC area. He began working with Carmela Greco in 2004 and joined Compañía Carmela Greco as a guitarist in 2005.