Photo by Katia Flores

Veronica (Bonnie) Stewart fell in love with dance at the age of seven. She has trained extensively in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and flamenco. She holds a degree in Theatre from the University of British Columbia and a Teacher’s degree from Simon Fraser University. She has toured provincially and nationally, and has performed for celebrities and royalty. She has had the opportunity to study with some of the world’s greatest flamenco artists: Alicia Marques, Blanca del Rey, Antonio El Pipa, Mercedes Ruiz, Andres Pena, Pilar Orgalla, Pilar Ortega, Juana Amaya, Joaquin Grilo, Farruquito, La Lupi, La Moneta, La Tanya, Sabas Santos, Marisol Moreno, Oscar Niento, Victor Kolstee and Rosario Ancer.

Veronica appeared in Vancouver’s Flamenco Festivals 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2005 and 2004. In spring 2015, she appeared in the International Dance Day short film directed by film maker Jason Karman. Veronica has also been a soloist for Flamenco Rosario’s Cuadro Series. Milestones include dancing and choreographing El Proyecto Azteca,Vancouver’s Flamenco Festival with Isabel Bayon, performing with prima ballerina Evelyn Hart, in Pacific Dance Arts’ “Art in Motion”, and returning from Jerez, Spain, where she took part in the Flamenco Festivals de Jerez 2010, 2007 & 2005. In spring 2016, she had the opportunity to study in New York at the Nueva York Flamenco Festival. Veronica currently instructs flamenco at Centro Flamenco, Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts and is a member of Flamenco Rosario. She has been a constant performer at Kino Cafe and regularly appears at Chai. She is pleased to be part of this year’s Vancouver International Flamenco Festival.

Photo by Ariel Samoil

Liat Harlev has been dancing flamenco for about 10 years. She started her first class in Vancouver and since then she has been hooked. She has taken classes with various teachers and guest artists from Spain and was lucky enough to learn from great flamenco dancers such as Mercedes Ruiz, Pilar Ogalla, La Moneta.

Liat has been performing for local festivals, at Kino Cafe, and Chai Lounge and continues to grow and learn this challenging and expressive art form.

Photo by Elvira Yebes

Jhoely Triana was born in Colombia and music and dance has always been a part of life for her. She started her training at the Goh Ballet Academy, continued on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance at Simon Fraser University and now studies under the direction and mentorship of Kasandra “La China” and Oscar Nieto at Mozaico Flamenco. She has performed locally at the Kino Cafe, East is East restaurant, Victoria Flamenco Festival, various community events and student showcases.  This past June she performed at the 30th anniversary community showcase of the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque where she represented Vancouver, Canada.

Photo by Ben Hergert

Milagros Palacios was born and raised in Lima, Peru, before moving to Vancouver in 2004. Before coming to Canada, she was already in the dance scene in Peru and Chile where she trained in classical español, flamenco, and Peruvian dances. In 2010, she continued her training at Centro Flamenco under the guidance of Rosario Ancer and Victor Kolstee, and of notable instructors at Centro including Bonnie Stewart, Afifa Lahbabi, Melanie Meyers, and Nanako Aramaki. In 2013, Milagros completed Flamenco Rosario’s three-year intensive Professional Training Program and was part of Flamenco Rosario’s show La Regeneración, which featured the Professional Training Program graduates. Additionally, she studied with a number of great artists, such as Marién Luévano, Leonor Leal, La Lupi, Pilar Ogalla, Andres Peña, Belén Maya, Israel Galván, Fernando Galán and Joaquin Grilo, to name a few. She has performed at various local venues and community events while continuing her training at Centro Flamenco.