creative residency

Each year we offer emerging and mid-career flamenco dance artists an opportunity to research and develop a creative idea with the help of an experienced mentor.

We’re excited to announce
Macarena López as the 2023 mentor and Charo Tsai as the mentee.

Macarena is a dancer from Sevilla, Spain. She studied at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Sevilla “Antonio Ruíz Soler”. She has performed in different national and international stages and festivals. She debuted as Soloist Dancer of the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía under the direction of Rafael Estévez. In 2021, she won the first place as soloist dancer in the competition, Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid. That same year, she released her magnum opus Crisol, which she’s toured to numerous national and international stages.

Nowadays, she combines her collaboration with the cantaor flamenco Arcángel, and the company Estévez & Paños, with the performance Reverso that recently premiered at the 26th edition of the Festival Flamenco de Jerez.

Charo Tsai, is a Taiwanese—Canadian dancer. Her interest in Flamenco began when she was a university student in Taiwan and eventually became her part-time job. In 2008, she started studying abroad as a Co-op international student. As soon as she arrived in Vancouver, she found Flamenco Rosario and joined the Professional Training Program. As a graduate from PTP, Rosario Ancer invited her to participate in Flamenco Rosario's company for community events in Vancouver.

Her proposed project for the Residency is Embrace the other part of me:Confrontation, acceptance, integration.

Mentee applications are now closed.

Through mentorship, the residency will provide an artist mentee the opportunity to be guided as they carve their own artistic voice and develop creation skills. The mentor will challenge the mentee to explore dance vocabulary and their individualistic choreographic expressions, while reflecting and experimenting. There is potential to explore and integrate the use of props and scenographic elements to expand the artistic environment. The objective is to nurture the artistic mind, empowering the mentee to be a flamenco leader of tomorrow.

To be eligible, the mentee must be an emerging or mid-career Canadian professional Flamenco artist. This is defined, for this purpose, as an artist who has completed basic training or a professional training program, maintained a professional dance career for a minimum of one year, and has been paid artist fees for performing in a professional, public setting.

To apply:

  • Please submit a proposal of up to one page, outlining your creative idea, along with your resume, to

  • applications are due May 12, 2023

  • Only apply if you can be present throughout the residency, July 15–25, 2023

We look forward to hearing from you next year!

The mentee receives:

  • up to 32 hours of free studio time at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver: July 15—25, 2023

  • 12-16 hours of time in the studio with Macarena

  • an opportunity to present a small informal sharing of the ideas that you explore

  • $1,000 fee

Flamenco Rosario asks the mentee to:

  • be present at, and complete, all studio sessions

  • focus on development as a choreographer of Flamenco dance

  • be proactive and enthusiastic in interactions with mentor – the mentee will direct the relationship

  • There is no expectation to create a finished work. This is research and development for you that you may decide to continue to work on after the residency.

  • inform Flamenco Rosario of any issues with the process as they arise

  • take part in an end-of-program evaluation