The mission of Flamenco Por La Vida is to build an understanding of and appreciation for Flamenco in Arizona by presenting festivals and professional flamenco performances, engaging diverse communities and offering classes to students of all ages, races and economic backgrounds.
Angelina Ramirez is the founder and artistic director of Flamenco Por La Vida in Phoenix, Arizona. Along with performing and teaching, Angelina produces two festivals in Arizona, Lluvia Flamenca and The Phoenix Festival de España. Angelina also tours with world-renowned, New York based company Noche Flamenca. Angelina received the Arizona Commission on the Arts' Artist Research and Development Grant for her work and development of /SER/ in 2018. /SER/ is a flamenco project that explores what it means to be a queer, latinx flamenca, practicing in a traditional gitano (gypsy) form of dance. Angelina was selected to participate in the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures 2017 Leadership Institute. In 2016, Angelina was also selected to participate in the inaugural Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute through the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Angelina was nominated for an Arizona Governor’s Arts Award in 2016 and her company Flamenco Por La Vida was awarded the 2014 Phoenix Mayors Arts Award for Best Dance Organization.
Olivia Rojas is the Music Director and Administrative Manager of Flamenco Por La Vida. She has been singing for over 15 years. She began her professional career singing choral and Mexican rancheras, but was drawn to the passion of flamenco cante six years ago. She has toured with Calo Flamenco and CBJ Flamenco Ensemble. She has had the privilege of working with Alma Performing Arts, Flamenco Por La Vida, Mosaico, The Pangeon Orchestra and Tucson-based Flamenco del Pueblo Viejo. She has studied flamenco cante under the direction of Chris Burton Jácome, Chayito Champion, Esperanza Fernández, Ines Bacán, Gaetano, Jorge “El Canastero” and Marija Temo. Olivia has studied flamenco dance with Molly Duran and Yumi La Rosa.