From 2018 Mas Alla Series, Jamaica Ctr for Arts & Learning, photo: Eric Bandiero

Since inception over 34 years ago, Flamenco Latino's professional company has explored and developed the genre known as Ida y Vuelta. This "Round Trip" genre had its birth during the late 18th century, when Spain and other countries in Europe were influenced by Latino dance and music, most notably the Cuban Habanera and Rumba, which led to flamenco tangos, tanguillo and rumba.

Flamenco Latino's interpretation of Ida y Vuelta has included exploration of flamenco guajiras and many rumba styles, such as Peret, Bambino and the Gipsy Kings. It has also created many unusual amalgamations referencing mambo, cha-cha, danzon, bomba y plena, cumbia and merengue. Drawing on Basilio Georges' early professional career as a jazz musician, the music has reflected many jazz harmonic and improvisatory concepts.

With such a career reference, Flamenco Latino produced a great deal of exciting and innovative repertoire presented in Seasons at Pace University and the Duke Theater, and through touring from 1997 to 2006. It has gone even further with collaborations at Thalia Spanish Theatre from 2003-2009, where Director Angel Gil Orrios involved Flamenco Latino to interpret of the art of Picasso through plays written by the artist, and through "Amor Latino," a musical involving both tap and flamenco.

Unfortunately, Flamenco Latino closed its Studio Theater space in Aug. 2016. Basilio continues to offer guitar classes in the same building, renting space at Shetler Studios on the 12th Floor, Penthouse, and Aurora continues offering adult dance classes at Creative Cultural Center St. Veronica, and children's classes at Jamaica Center for Learning and Arts.

For class information with Basilio, click here

For class information with Aurora, click here

photo: Carol Rosegg

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Funding for the development of this Web site was provided, in part, by the 2000 and 2002 JPMorgan/Chase Smarts grant, an annual program of the Association of Hispanic Arts.