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 Sara Jimenez as our 2022 mentor and Yurie Kaneko as the mentee.

Sara Jiménez Andrés is a Dancer and choreographer, qualified by the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Reina Sofía de Granada in Spanish dance and flamenco. She received a scholarship from the Centro Andaluz de Danza in Seville under the direction of Blanca Li. Among her works as a choreographer are Una pieza sin nombre, Vía Bamba, Tápate Niña, [ETC], VARIACIÓN a tempo, Recital Flamenco, and Real de la Alhambra. In addition to her solo work, she has participated as a solo dancer with Estévez & Paños, BalletFlamenco de Andalucía, Eduardo Guerrero, Daniel Doña, Wang Ramirez among others She is currently starting a new journey as Sara Jiménez en Compañía and her opera A D I O S E S, as well as continuing to collaborate with different music and performing arts companies.

Yurie Kaneko was born and raised in Japan before moving to Vancouver, BC, as a young adult in 2003. She began her flamenco dance at Centro Flamenco in 2007 under the guidance and mentorship of Rosario Ancer and Victor Kolstee. Seeking further training, Yurie joined Flamenco Rosario’s Professional Training Program in 2010, graduating in 2013. She regularly teaches classes and performs locally with Flamenco Rosario. Her recent performances include “In Studio Performance: REGENERACION”, “Flamenqueando”, and at the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival.

The mentee receives:

  • up to 32 hours of free studio time at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver: July 23—July 29

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

  • 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

To apply:

  • Please submit a proposal for your creative idea of up to one page, along with your resume, to by June 30, 2022.

  • Only apply if you can be present for all of the dates above.

We look forward to hearing from you!