Founded in 2011 by Genevieve upon returning to her home town of Austin, the Austin Flamenco Academy has grown over the years to offer flamenco classes at all levels, to all ages, as well as special events like the Feria de Abril and exclusive workshops with visiting guest artists. Whether you're three years old or seventy-five, whether you're just looking to test the waters or want to dedicate yourself to this art form professionally, whether you're just looking for a fun event or want to study with some of the top artists in their field, Austin Flamenco Academy is the place for you!
genevieve - founder & Artistic Director
Originally from Austin, Texas, Genevieve Guinn began her dancing career in 1993 with Sylvia Keprta, responsible for igniting Genevieve's passion for Flamenco. After studying locally for 6 years, Genevieve moved to Spain where she studied with world renowned flamenco artists like Cristobal Reyes, Jose Maya, Alfonso Losa, and Maria Juncal. She performed regularly at respected tablaos in Madrid including Al-Andalus and Tablao Las Carboneras in Madrid and as a company member with “Compañía Maria Juncal". In 2003 she was chosen as an apprentice for the "Gitana Cortés Company" under the direction of Joaquín Cortés. In 2004 Genoveva was invited to teach in Taipei,Taiwan at the International Dance Conference. 2005 saw Genevieve perform as a soloist at Gitanerías in Mexico City.
Genevieve has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Spain, and Mexico and shared the stage with artists such as "La Tati", “La Truco”, Carmela Greco, and Genara Cortes.
Genevieve was the Assistant Artistic Director for FlamencoAparicio Dance Company in Washington DC under the direction of Edwin Aparicio from 2006 through 2010. 2006 marked Genoveva's Broadway debut in New York City and in 2007 she was the choreographer for the GALA Hispanic Theatre’s highly praised production of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s "Bodas de Sangre", directed by the acclaimed Hugo Medrano. In 2009 Genevieve was an invited solo artist at the Ford Amphitheatre's "Forever Flamenco: LA Ole!" in Los Angeles and a featured performer at The Kennedy Center in DC.
In 2011 Genevieve moved back to Austin Texas and founded The Pink Flamenco Dance Studio, now Austin Flamenco Academy, providing classes to children, youth and adults. In 2014 she returned as a soloist to The Kennedy Center as well as performing in Fuego Flamenco X at Gala Hispanic Theater. Genevieve has most recently perfomed as a soloist at the Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario in Managua Nicaragua and with famous classical piano sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque in Naples Italy
Genevieve's unique strength and style has made her one of the most sought-after flamenco teachers and performers of her generation.
defne Enç - guest teacher
Defne Enç is a contemporary flamenco dancer and choreographer whose background in multiple dance and fine arts fields brings new dimensions into her work.
Defne has performed as a soloist and company member, in theaters and smaller venues throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Spain, as well as in Beijing and Istanbul, working with companies including Estuaria Cía Flamenca, Compañía Pepa Molina, Paco Mora Ballet Flamenco Español, Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company, Bailes Ferrer, Caminos Flamencos, La Tania Baile Flamenco, and Flamenco Vivo under the direction of Rafaela Carrasco. She has been invited to participate in numerous dance festivals as both a dancer and as a choreographer, including Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA (finalist in contemporary choreography), Certámen Coreográfico DanSalt in Girona, Spain (semi-finalist in contemporary choreography), Certámen Coreográfico de Danza Español y Flamenco in Madrid, Spain (with Estuaria Cía Flamenca, semi-finalist in flamenco choreography), Fuego Flamenco Festival in Washington, D.C. (as a featured soloist), Flamenco in the Sun in Miami, FL (as a featured soloist) and the ODC Pilot Program in San Francisco, CA (for contemporary choreographers). Her award-winning dance film “Time, Again”, co-directed with filmmaker Alonso J. Luján, was an official selection at numerous film festivals throughout Canada, Brazil, Poland and the U.S., and won Best Dance and Music Related Film at the ReelHeart International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Experimental Short Film at the Great Lakes International Film Festival. She has closely collaborated with many other celebrated dancers in her generation including Karen Rubio Lugo, Mariana Collado Gonzalez and Lucía de Miguel. She has also worked closely alongside Rafaela Carrasco and Belen Maya as repetidora for numerous workshops in the Festival Flamenco de Jerez as well as in other venues.
Her dance training started in ballet at the age of 5 at the prestigious Westside Academy of Ballet in Los Angeles, continuing on throughout the years at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet School in San Francisco and the Escuela Mayor de Danza in Madrid. She studied contemporary dance with Mary Carbonara at Lines Ballet School, with Bliss Kholmeyer at ODC in San Francisco, and with Laurie DeVito, Diane McCarthy, and Max Stone at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City. Her flamenco studies also began in San Francisco, with Emmy award-winning artist Yaelisa. In 2005 she moved to Spain where, while working as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, she continued her education with the top dancers in the field including Rafaela Carrasco, Yolanda Heredia, Manuel Liñán, Marco Flores, Concha Jareño, David Paniagua, Rocío Molina, Olga Pericet, and Alfonso Llosa.
Defne is a highly regarded dance teacher and has taught workshops as well as on-going classes throughout the U.S. including at Lines Ballet School in San Francisco, University of California in Berkeley, Fazil's Dance Studio in New York, Flamenco in The Redwoods alongside La Tania and Belén Maya, as well as in Washington D.C., Mexico City, and Bern, Switzerland. She has just relocated to Austin, TX, and currently teaches at the Austin Flamenco Academy and Ballet Austin.
Illeana Gomez - Guest Teacher
Illeana Gomez first encountered Spanish dance in her home town of Laredo, TX. Since then she hasstudied with various artists in Spain at Amor de Dios in Madrid as well asvarious artists in Seville including Juan Manuel Montoya “Farruquito,” Carmen Ledesma, Juana Amaya, and Andres Marin. In 2006 Illeana moved to Albuquerque to study at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts under Joaquin Encinias. Under the mentorship of Eva Encinias, shewas the first student in history to earn an MFA in Dance with a focus in flamenco. Illeana has worked in various companies including Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company, and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and has been on several national tours, performing in such prestigious theaters as the Joyce Theater in NY. She has performed with such artists as Jesule de Utrera, Saray Muñoz, Auxi Fernandez, and Silverio Heredia, Jose Mendez, and Carmen Ledesma to name a few. Currently, she is a member of Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe, and Theatre Flamenco (San Francisco) as well as co-director of La Juerga Flamenco Ensemble. She has taughtdance at the University of New Mexico, Institute for Spanish Arts, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
“Although I was born in Texas, so far from flamenco’s place of origin, it has always been a part of my life. I respect the tradition of flamenco, but I want to voice my own narrative, and tell my story as an American dancing Spanish dance.
Chloe Brevelle - Guest Teacher
Chloe Brevelle began studying flamenco in 1996 with Teresa Romero Torkanowsky, while attending Loyola University in New Orleans. After graduating, she moved to New York City and continued her studies with La Meira, Victorio Korjhan, and Jose Molina at the legendary Fazil's Studio. In 2000, she moved back to New Orleans, where she began performing regularly around the city and the region with such companies as Olé Flamenco Olé, Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca, and Alianza Flamenca. In 2007, she traveled to Sevilla, Spain, and studied with such renowned artists as Manuela Reyes, Lola Jamarillo, and Alejandro Granados.
For two summers, Chloe has been a guest instructor for the Lake Charles Civic Ballet Summer Intensive program, giving ballet students an introduction to flamenco. She also choreographed several pieces for their annual spring performance. Living in Paige, Texas, she has continued teaching flamenco dance, as well as performing with such Austin groups as The Spirit of Flamenco, Flamenko 909, Flamencura, Pilar Andujar y su Compañia, and The Pink Flamenco Studio Company.