Alice Blumenfeld fell in love with flamenco at age 12, and since then it has been the driving force in her life. Blumenfeld is a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a YoungArts Silver Award winner in World Dance, a Fulbright recipient in Dance, and an Individual Excellence Awardee in Choreography from the Ohio Arts Council (FY 20). She is the founder and artistic director of ABREPASO Flamenco and she holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University and a BA in comparative literature from New York University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. As a freelance dancer, she has worked with many of the major flamenco companies in the U.S., including Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Her work has been commissioned by National YoungArts Foundation, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The National Hispanic Cultural Center, and several universities. She was a visiting assistant professor of dance at Oberlin College from 2018-2020, where she taught contemporary dance, dance administration, flamenco, and critical inquiry courses. She is also adjunct faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, teaching dance appreciation.
Alice’s current work combines a strong foundation in flamenco’s improvisational structures with post-modern choreographic frameworks to explore what makes us truly human and our interconnectedness to nature. She is fascinated by the ways in which imagery and language shape movement and how we translate language into dance and vice versa. She holds a Simonson Teacher Training Certificate and has also taught and choreographed in contemporary forms and ballet.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adult
Facilities and Resources Required
- Audio System
- Electrical Outlets
- Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s Project Olé: residencies and educational performances in New York City public schools, including Title I schools
- Children’s Grief Center
- Instituto Cervantes at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
- Hudson Guild
- Girls Club Lower East Side
- Regional Dance America: Southwest
Upon request with a background check available for review.
Videos courtesy of TEDx and the teaching artist via YouTube. Alice Blumenfeld — choreography and dance
Joan Zucker — cello
Joaquin Gallegos — guitar
Meagan Chandler — cante