Flamenco Rosario proudly presents “In-Studio Performance: Regeneración” at the Centro Flamenco studio in Kitsilano on Saturday, April 8, 2017.





A Flamenco Rosario Professional Training Program graduate and now based in France, our featured guest performer, Deborah Dawson has an impressive international career and her work has taken her to Russia, Ecuador, Mexico, France, Switzerland and all over Canada. Deborah Dawson, along with local aspiring professional dancers and Professional Training Program graduates, Michelle Zaharik and Sula Boxall, will showcase their personal flamenco styles as they join Flamenco Rosario’s Artistic Director, Rosario Ancer, and Musical Director, Victor Kolstee, on stage. The performance also features guest singer, Stephanie Pedraza.

Presenting a new generation of flamenco dancers in an intimate setting of the Centro Flamenco studio, the presentation will be fun, informative and interactive with a Q + A session following the performance.


DEBORAH DAWSON – MOUROCQ “La Caramelita” is a first generation Canadian, with origins in India and Malaysia. Deborah started flamenco in Vancouver as the youngest dancer to be accepted into Rosario Ancer’s 3-year Professional Training Program. Her passion has driven her to Andalucía where she studies continually under flamenco dance greats Juana Amaya, Andres Peña, Carmen Ledesma and Juan Polvillo, among others. Deborah has an impressive international career and often tours with flamenco artists and world music groups. Her work has taken her to Russia, Ecuador, Mexico, France, Switzerland and all over Canada. Recent productions with the flamenco/Balkan fusion group, “Les Noces Gitanes” reached audiences of over 15,000. Other productions in which she has participated included: the opening ceremony for the Rolex world cup in Geneva, the Pachu Uchuk festival and socio-cultural initiative in Ecuador, the Mis Hermanas western Canada tour, as well as several international flamenco festivals. More information: http://www.lacaramelita-flamenco.com/index.php/en/

MICHELLE ZAHARIK was born in Regina and moved to Vancouver to pursue her academic studies, where she saw the Centro Flamenco advertisements on the buses every day as she traveled to UBC. When she finally made her way to the studio in 2008 and experienced the power and spirit of Flamenco she was hooked! Her music and dance experiences include classical choral singing, vocal jazz, musical theater, jazz and ballet. Michelle has enjoyed studying with Rosario and Victor and the wonderful teachers and guest artists at Centro Flamenco including Sabas Santos, Andres Pena, Mariano Cruceta, La Lupi and La Moneta. Michelle graduated from the Professional Training Program in 2013 and made her professional debut at “La Regeneración” at the Norman Rothstein Theatre the same year. She performs regularly for Centro Flamenco/Flamenco Rosario at community events and at Chai Lounge, and is excited to share her love for Flamenco with new students.

As a young child, SULA BEDER BOXALL had a passion for music and dance. She studied ballet, modern, jazz, and character dance at Arts Umbrella under Artemis Gordon. In 2008, after a nine-year hiatus from dance, she found a way to renew her love of dance with flamenco at Centro Flamenco. At Centro Flamenco she has studied under Rosario Ancer, Bonnie Stewart, Afifa Lahbabi, Nanako Aramaki, and Melanie Meyers. Rosario Ancer’s mentorship has been an integral part of her development as a dancer. She joined Flamenco Rosario’s three-year Professional Training Program in 2010. With Rosario’s encouragement, she travelled to Spain in 2012 and studied under Candela Soto and Isabel Bayon. She regularly attends workshops with guest artists in Vancouver, including La Moneta, Javier Baron, La Lupi, Joaquin Grilo, Olga Pericet, Mariano Cruceta, Marién Luevano, and Ricardo Rubio. In 2013, she danced her debut solo performance. In 2014, Sula performed with Flamenco Rosario at the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. She is excited to be part of the 2016 festival. She regularly performs around the Lower Mainland with Flamenco Rosario and Centro Flamenco. Along with performing, Sula teaches children’s flamenco classes at Centro Flamenco.