EmiArteFlamenco is produced and directed by Vicente Griego and La Emi. Launched in 2014, this dynamic company is comprised of an ensemble of local and international artists, dancers and musicians. It embraces artistic excellence and is renowned for embodying the power, passion and virtuosity of the art of flamenco. The company’s mission is to promote the history and culture of traditional flamenco through cutting-edge performances and classes, captivating people of all ages. The performances and classes also serve to bring the community together in their love for flamenco and supporting the arts in Santa Fe.
From left: contributing artist Kayla Lyall, Flamenco Youth de Santa Fe, La Emi, Joaquin Gallegos. Photos by Morgan Smith
From left: Vicente Griego, Elena Osuna, Kayla Lyall, Nevarez Encinias, La Emi, Layla and Flamenco Youth de Santa Fe.
Photos by Morgan Smith and Unique Visuals by William (second left)
About “La Emi” Executive director of EmiArteFlamenco
La Emi began her flamenco journey at the age of four and has emerged as a teacher and performer acclaimed for her artistry and craft.
La Emi started studying flamenco with the Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts (ISA) when she was four years old and began working with the Institute’s youth company, Flamenco’s Next Generation at the age of 10. Just two years later when she was only 12 – she started teaching within the Northern New Mexico public school system. She began teaching for Moving Arts Española in 2005 and ISA in 2006.
As a performer, La Emi has danced on stages from New Mexico to Spain, appearing in the production of “El Pintor” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque (2010), Entreflamenco, the company of Antonio Granjero and Estefania Ramirez, at the Lodge at Santa Fe (2011, 2012 and 2015), Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe (2013, 2014 and 2016) and Compañia Chuscales y Mina Fajardo (2010-2014).
In 2011, La Emi was nominated and selected as one of the 12 young and emerging artists in Pasatiempo, and she received the 2012 Santa Fe Mayor’s Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award for Excellence in the Arts. La Emi studied intensively in Spain with Carmela Greco and La Popi as well as José Galván, Juana Amaya, Yolanda Heredia, Iván Vargas Heredia, Torombo, Rocio Alcaide Ruiz and many others. She has performed under the direction of Carmela Greco, José Galván, and Torombo and at major venues and events including the Carmela Greco Seminario de Flamenco y Danza Española and Café de Chinitas in Madrid; Cuevas Los Tarantos in the Sacramonte of Granada and the Teatro Alameda Festival Flamenco in Sevilla.
La Emi currently teaches and directs at the EmiArteFlamenco Academy, as well as performing in many venues throughout the country.
In the summer of 2018, she launched her professional career with Heritage Hotels and Resorts producing performances at the Benitez Cabaret at The Lodge at Santa Fe.