A recent transplant from Madrid, Spain, Calvin Hazen has been a professional guitarist for over 20 years. He has performed at some of the most prestigious theatres in the U.S. as well as internationally including RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL and LINCOLN CENTER in New York City, TEATRO NACIONAL in Mexico City and TEATRO MADRID in Spain where his performances have enjoyed enthusiastic critical acclaim (NEW YORK TIMES, VILLAGE VOICE, etc.). Television appearances include THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, GOOD MORNING AMERICA and THE REGIS AND KATHY LEE SHOW. After his initiation as a professional musician touring and recording with guitarist OTTMAR LIEBERT, Calvin has since worked as musical director and composer for numerous companies including Suite Espanola, Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo and Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco. He is a regular performer and instructor for Festival Flamenco, Albuquerque. Recording credits include "The Hours Between Night and Day" with OTTMAR LIEBERT, "El Pintor", in Madrid, Spain and "Ni Mucho Ni Poco" in Santa Fe, N.M for both of which Calvin worked as composer and co-producer. Currently, Calvin is in Albuquerque as an invited guest artist in the Dance Department at the University of New Mexico.
Flamenco singer Chayito Champion began singing at an early age carrying the legacy of her family of flamenco artists Curro y Teresa. She is in high demand both nationally and internationally, always captivating her audiences with her heartfelt and passionate performances. New York Times has written "Chayito Captivated her audience with her haunting voice". In 1978 she was given the name "Gitana Americana" by the late Antonio Montoya, El Farruco. She has toured the world with such artists as the late Jose Greco, Antonio Vargas, Teo Morca, Pilar Rioja, Luis Montero, and Antonio Hidalgo with Carlota Santana Dance Co. to name a few. Some highlights of her career include H.O.L.A. Award and A.C.E. Latinos Critics Award in 2003 in New York City as well as Prime Minister of Shri Lanka’s ambassador's award in 2004. She is currently the Director of Los Flamenco de San Antonio. Her recent engagements include such prestigious venues as Repertorio Español, Thalia Theatre, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. She recorded her first album with Chris Burton Jacome in Phoenix AZ in 2009 called Levanto.
Olivia Marin began dancing flamenco at age 15 in Denver with Compañía Maria Vasquez. After attending the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque,she moved to New Mexico to continue her flamenco studies both at the University of New Mexico and the National Institute of Flamenco's conservatory. After graduating from UNM she began dancing as an apprentice with Yjastros- The American Flamenco Repertory company and has had the opportunity to study under incredible artists each year.
Elena Heiss began dancing at the National Institute of Flamenco Arts at the age of eight under the instruction of Eva Enciñas Sandoval. She eventually became a part of Alma Flamenca, a pre-professional company, under the direction of Marisol Enciñas. She now studies dance at the University of New Mexico and is an apprentice to the Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company.