Sunday Series: Michael Hauser & Friends

A message from Michael, I’m excited to announce my own show celebrating eight decades on this planet. I will be playing a number of guitar tunes, telling a few stories and performing a few stunts with help from many friends, including Sherri Minnick, Mim Solberg, Laura Horn, my little brother Tony and others..

There will many surprises! Think Ed Sullivan for the new century.

When: 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2018

Place: Zorongo Flamenco Studio, 3012 Minnehaha Avenue S, Minneapolis

Price: $15 pay at the door

Reservations: The Zorongo Flamenco Studio accommodates 50 patons so reservations are highly encouraged. Please call or email Michael at (612) 442-4135 / mscotthauser@aol.com.

PAST events

G arden of Names: April 6-15, 2018

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre with Joe Chvala’s Flying Foot Forum and a cast of internationally renowned guest dancers, singers and musicians will present Garden of Names April 6-15 at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.

Born out of a collaboration between Zorongo’s founder and artistic director Susana di Palma and Chvala in 1991, Garden of Names revolves around Argentina’s desaparecidos (the disappeared) – the thousands of activists, students, journalists and others killed during a period of state terrorism during the 1970s. Based on Lawrence Thornton’s award-winning novel Imagining Argentina, Garden of Names centers on artists’ vivid imaginations as a tool for survival. From stories of desaparecidos, names blossom forth in a “garden” of remembering.

“The Garden of Names is this beautiful place where the artist goes to remember those who have disappeared – to speak their names and tell their stories,” explains di Palma. “By remembering those who are gone, they are present here with us.”

Focusing on political repression and responsibility, di Palma has been exploring a remount of the evening-length piece for several years, presenting an excerpt from the work, titled Las Madres, in 2017 at The Cowles Center.

“During this period Argentina underwent a great struggle, which brought about a new sense of political awareness. It also inspired a women’s movement, Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) which has continued to the present day,” says di Palma. “I think we’re again in a time of examining the world around us and deciding what we, as citizens, must do, so it felt like an important time to retell this story.”

The international artistic team, led by di Palma, includes the Zorongo company and guest artists Jeanne d’Arc Casas (dancer; Puerto Rico), Manuel Gutierrez Cabello (dancer; Los Angeles/France), José Moreno (dancer/percussionist; New York), Edwin Aparicio (dancer; Washington D. C.), Juanito Pascual (composer/guitarist; Los Angeles); José Cortés Fernández (singer; France); La Conja (singer; New York); and Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, Goodale Theater, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre would also like to acknowledge our 2017/18 Season Sponsors: The Goodale Foundation, Martha Wren Foundation a Donor Advised Fund of the U.S. Charitable Trust, McKnight Foundation, Target Foundation and 3M. Thank you!

Workshops March & April 2018

March and April will be exciting months at Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater and School. Many of you may already know that our Guest Artist Jeanne d'Arc Casas has already arrived and has been teaching our weekly classes. There are a variety of classes from Flamenco Boot Camp to Intermediate/Advanced Flamenco.

On Monday, March 19, Edwin Aparicio, Manual Gutiérrez, Jose Moreno and La Conja will also be in the studio rehearsing and preparing for their workshops. Don't miss a single workshop!


Edwin Aparicio is considered to be one of the most sought-after flamenco performers, teachers, and choreographers in the United States. He has been described by critics as “the most amazing dancer seen in years...” Click here to read his full bio.

Technique and “Bulerias” $25(Intermediate/Advance)
When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
"Solea por Bulerias" $25(Intermediate/Advance)
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Beginner Flamenco Dance $20
When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Manuel Gutiérrez was born in Montpellier, France after his parents had migrated to South of France from Cordoba, Spain. He has taught at the top studios in Europe including L'Opéra de Paris. Click here to read his full bio. All of Manuel's workshops are intermediate / advanced.

Technique and marcaje “por Solea” $25
When: Saturday, March 31
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:25 PM
Letra por Solea $25
When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Por Solea $25
When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Jeanne d'Arc Casas is a graduate from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Jeanne also holds an MFA in choreography and performance from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where she taught flamenco and modern dance. In 2014 she created a flamenco theory and practice course for UPR...She is presently a member of Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca's international touring company. Click here to read Jeanne's full bio.

Beginners “Tangos”
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Jose Moreno was born into a family of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena (dancer) and Pepe de Málaga (singer), Jose began his flamenco career during his childhood years. His debut was at the famous Tablao flamenco "Costa Vasca". Jose continued his studies with the Great Manolete, Farruquito, and Andres Marin and Cajon Percussion with Manuel Soler. Jose has been invited to perform in various companies around the world...Click here to read Jose's full bio.

Percussion $25
When: Saturday, April 7 & 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 PM

La Conja is one of Flamenco World's most versatile artists. She has developed a substantial international reputation as a dancer, singer, and choreographer. She has performed at the prestigious Guggenheim Work and Process Series, in collaboration with New Yorks World Music Institute. She has toured nationally and internationally with such artists as Jose Molina and Jose Greco featured as solo dancer, and has also appeared at Lincoln Center with Sarita Montiel. Click here to read La Conja's full bio

Intermediate Bulerias con cante Workshop $25
When: Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Zorongo Majas:

In and Out of the Box

Day: Saturday, January 13th 2018

Time: 5pm & 8pm

Where: Off-Leash Art Box, 4200 East 54th St., Mpls, MN 55417

Zorongo Flamenco Majas dancers and emerging choreographers present seven original pieces inspired by our varied lives, from construction sites to swooning opera, pickling to pescaderías. By turns fresh, sassy, introspective, and irreverent, the evening will feature choreography by Amanda Dlouhy, Grace Holthaus, Zorongo instructor Colette Illarde, Eve Makiko Laabs, Jenna Laffin, Hilde de Roover, and Molly Kay ‘La Bo’ Stoltz, with special guests Ben Abrahamson, Ross Fellrath, Joshua James Killfoil, and Brenda Nepsund. Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre's Majas apprentice program is directed by Artistic Director and 2017 McKnight Choreography Fellow Susana di Palma. The program's mission is to cultivate dancers and choreographers who develop a strong grounding in traditional Spanish flamenco and use this training as a spring board to create original theatrical work.

Tickets: $15


The book of we

The BOOK of WE, a comical tale of the rare, endangered & extinct.*

When Miss Missy Miller discovers an empty journal, it mysteriously fills up with erotic tales of exotic beasts...

Written & performed by HEIDI ARNESON
Guitar music composed & played by TONY HAUSER
Front Set by TONY HAUSER: Albeniz, Scarlatti & his Sevillanas, & CD Release of his "Espana" music of Isaac Albeniz

Zorogngo Flamenco Studio, 3012 Minnehaha Ave, Mpls

Bulerias y Mas!

Workshops with Jesús Muñoz

NOVEMBER 20 & 21, 2017

Hot off the tour with Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Jesús Muñoz will teach two workshops in our studio. Classes will focus on unique and specialzed techniques.


Café Flamenco


Under the direction of Susana di Palma, the Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre Company presents a concert of traditional flamenco dance and music that brings intense, expressive and rhythmic excitement to the stage as only flamenco can.  Featuring guest artists Singer José Cortés Fernández,  Guitarist “Chuscales,” and Dancer Jesús Muñoz.


Park Square Theatre • Andy Boss Thrust Stage • 20 West 7th Place Saint Paul, MN


Tra Ti Ti Tran Tran Toro

2:00P SATURDAY, November 18, 2017


This story of Olie Olson Olé, a true-blue son of Minnesota, and Carmencita, the glamorous flamenco dancer and her pet bull Tra Ti Ti Tran Tran Toro, asks children for help in making Olie feel welcome in America.  Children will learn about Spain, the art of flamenco, and acceptance of newcomers to their community.

This colorful 45-minute multimedia flamenco dance theatre work was written, choreographed and directed by Susana di Palma.

Park Square Theatre, Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Saint Paul, MN


Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre would like to thank our sponsors for making these performances possible.





November Arts Tour 2017

The Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre company welcomes back Guitarist José Valle (Chuscales), Dancer Jesús Muñoz, and Singer José Cortés Fernández for a five-city tour of Minnesota.

A native of Antequera, Spain, José Vallé “Chuscales” grew up in a traditional gypsy family well known for its professional musicians and dancers.

Chuscales' affinity for dance is delightfully apparent in his artistry, blending music and movement as he does is no accident.



José Cortés Fernández was born in the south of France in 1974 from an important gypsy family from Almería. At the age of ten, Jose began his career in Jerez de la Frontera where he won the "premio del joven aficionado del cante flamenco," accompanied on guitar by Terremoto hijo.

An incredible and traditional artist, José Cortés Fernández surprises us now by taking a step forward in his conception of flamenco by making pure flamenco live alongside other genres.




Jesús Muñoz at the age 18, after being inspired by guitarist Isaiah Vigil, attended his first flamenco dance class in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Thirteen years later Muñoz has been in over 2,000 performances worldwide from intimate tablaos to the Lincoln Center in New York City and has introduced flamenco to over 45,000 students.







Juanito Pascual Sunday Series

5:00 p.m. October 29, 2017

Zorongo Studio

About Juanito:

National Public Radio calls Juanito Pascual "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years." A Minneapolis native and graduate of Boston's New England Conservatory,  Juanito enjoys an active international touring schedule as soloist, band leader and as collaborator with numerous projects. 


In 2014 Juantio released his third album of original compositions and has been a featured artist in such renowned venues as the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's Avery Fisher Hall and Blue Note Jazz Club, Panama Jazz Festival, Mexico City's Eurojazz Festival, and Madrid's Casa Patas. He has been featured on the NPR's "The World" program and made an appearance in the 2009 film "Pink Panther 2" alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia. 


FULL BIO and more: juanitopascual.com 

Guest teaching Artisit:

Jesús Muñoz

Jesús Muñoz will be teaching some of our regular classes and the regular class prices will stay the same. GET READY TO FLAMENCO!

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. October 8, 2017: Int/Adv Flamenco

6:30 p.m. October 9, 2017: Flamenco Boot Camp PLUS

6:30 p.m. October 10, 2017: Int/Adv Technique and Choreography

About Jesus:

At age 18 after being inspired by guitarist Isaiah Vigil, Muñoz attended his first flamenco dance class in Albuquerque, NM.  13 years later Muñoz has been in over 2,000 performances worldwide from intimate tablaos to the Lincoln Center in New York City and has introduced flamenco to over 45,000 students. 

Muñoz directs Jesus Muñoz Flamenco and Co-Directs La Chispa and Co.  In 2009 Muñoz founded Casa Flamenca School of Flamenco in Albuquerque, NM with a mission to create and produce world-class flamenco art in addition to creating a viable community that embraces flamenco culture and hosts world-class guest artists.  In March, Muñoz was a featured soloist at Lincoln Center for the exhibit, “100 years of Flamenco in New York City.”  Recently, Muñoz has been featured at Jazz Café at Music Hall, the Detroit Institute of the Arts “Spanish Masters” series, the National Museum of Dance, Nasher Museum at Duke University, University of Sevilla (Sevilla), El Gran Teatro Falla (Cadiz), Palacio Andaluz (Sevilla), Spanish Embassies (USA and Canada), for the Prince of Spain, and has closed for the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra at the Arvada Center Amphitheatre.

Majas Apprentice Auditions!


Serious dance students/early-career professional dancers wanted for entry-level flamenco dance student/performance company. Applicants with a serious interest and commitment wanted for an intensive, 2-year apprenticeship program with master dancer & choreographer Susana di Palma, learning traditional and contemporary Spanish dance.

Auditions and interviews will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 1:30 to 2:30pm and Sunday, September 24th from 3:30 to 4:30pm at the Zorongo Studio, 3012 Minnehaha Ave S, Mpls.

Not limited to dancers with flamenco or Spanish dance experience.

For further information and to RSVP, contact zorongoflamenco@gmail.com




Casa Abierta!

Let's begin celebrating Zorongo's 35 years with our Fall Open House and FREE events!

When: September 9th 

Start Time: 12pm

Where: Zorongo Studio

12:15-12:45pm Intro to Flamenco Class

1-1:30pm Palomita Class, ages 5-9

1:30-2pm Student Showing

2-3pm Champagne Toast

Celebrating 35 years and welcoming G. Michael Bargas, Zorongo's new Managing Director

3-4pm Flamenco Theater Choreography Workshop Showing

4pm-? Happy Hour with Ben Abrahamson

Ben will lead us through a fun improv. Guitarists and dancers of all levels are welcome. Wine included!

Zorongo is back at the State Fair

When: August 30th, 31st, and September 1st

Showtimes: 2:45, 3:30, 5:15, and 6pm

Where: all performances are right outside the Education Building


Zorongo Majas Performing

2x August 12th!

First Performance: CLUES Fiesta Latina!

When: 11:05am

Where: 797 East 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55106

Second Performance is at the MN State Capitol Grand Opening

When: 2pm

Where: Star Tribune Stage at the Capitol

Summer intensive Flamenco Choreography Workshop


August 1st - 13th 

$100.00 – registration required

This is a unique opportunity to use your flamenco technique and knowledge in a creative way! You will create your own 5-6 minute theater/flamenco choreography. Susana will guide you. 

Each participant will have up to 4 hours of studio time included in the price of registration.

There will be a Sunday Series showing of each participant's choreography piece on Aug. 13th at 7:00pm

Workshop Dates/Times:
Tuesdays: Aug. 1st & Aug. 8th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays: Aug. 5th & Aug. 12th - Noon – 3:00pm
Showing: Aug. 13th at 7:00pm

Open Streets - East Lake Street

On Lake Street + Minnehaha Ave

11 am to 5 pm


Sunday, July 23, 2017


Look for Zorongo's booth right outside our studio!


Sunday Series:

Michael Hauser Solo Concert

Sunday, July 9th, 2017


$12 admission

Zorongo Studio

A retrospective on 60 years of playing the guitar.

Guitarist Michael Hauser will perform his own compositions, as well as works by the many virtuoso guitarists who have influenced him.

His music will reflect influences from his main maestro, Luis Maravilla, and other mentors such as Nino Ricardo, Juan Maya "Marote", David Serva and Justo de Badajoz. Hauser will also perform compositions by Mario Escudero, Sabicas, Manolo San Lucar, Rafael Riquini, and Vicente Amigo.

In addition, he will provide a lively dialogue, covering especially the early years and encompassing such events as: running with the bulls in Pamplona and being tossed in jail by the Guardia Civil for excessive behavior. His reminiscences will conclude with some comments on how he ultimately managed to settle down and become a serious guy, still longing for the old days, which were much more fun.

Warning: Prepare for what might be a long evening...hopefully less than two hours, including an intermission

Lake Harriet Bandshell Performance

Zorongo is back at the Lake Harriet Bandshell this summer!

The Zorongo School and apprentices will be doing a FREE performance at the Lake Harriet Bandshell as part of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation program "Music in the Parks" series.

When: Sunday, June 25th

Showtime: 2pm

Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell

(4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409)

Belen Maya Workshops & residency

“Belén is spectacular! Maya has forged a new direction within the genre of flamenco” - Dance Insider

Belén Maya is the daughter of two great flamenco artists, Carmen Mora and Mario Maya. Trained since a young age by the best – Paco Fernández, María Magdalena, Goyo Montero, Rosa Naranjo, Carmen Cortés and Paco Romero among others. After spending a year at the Spanish National Ballet, she joined the Mario Maya Company where within three years she went from being a member of the ensemble to becoming the principal dancer and répétiteur of the company.

Belén has perfected her technique and expression to become the best female flamenco dancer in Spain. Free, creative, daring, restless and open-minded: Belén still 
symbolizes progress in flamenco dance. 

Transparent and in balance with tradition, Belén Maya has perfected her technique and expression to become the best female flamenco dancer.
Considered one of the most important contemporary flamenco artists in the world, Belén Maya has pushed the limits of flamenco through her constant quest for innovation. Don't miss your chance to study with her on this rare trip to Minneapolis!

Zorongo Flamenco is proud to present Belén Maya for these exclusive flamenco workshops in the Midwest.


6:30pm - 8:00pm Variations for Soleares

3:00pm - 4:30pm Variations for Soleares

3:30pm - 5:00pm Tangos

All workshops will be taught at an Intermediate/Advanced level.

This residency is made possible with funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Start of Summer

Flamenco Community Fiesta

Join us as we celebrate the hard work of our students!

Students will share with the audience what they have been working on all year. Everyone will dance Sevillanas, and we will share tapas and wine. All are welcome.

When: Sunday, June 4
Time: 5pm

Come and celebrate the beginning of summer with us.

Dance in the Library: East Lake Cultural Dance Series

Sunday Series: "Despejada" - Bridging Jazz, Hindustani, and Flamenco

Tabla player Krissy Bergmark is an active performer and Jerome Travel & Study and Next Step grant winner for her studies with Pandit Yogesh Samsi in Mumbai, India.

Pianist/accordionist Steven Hobert is a fearless improviser who has performed with Dean Magraw, Issam Rafea, and the Glen Miller Orchestra.

Guitarist Ben Abrahamson has composed for the Mpls. Guitar Quartet and performed with Zorongo Flamenco, La Conja, Pedro Cortes, and Michael & Tony Hauser.

When: Sunday, May 14, 5:00pm

and the beat goes on!

Cowles Center performances

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre together with Joe Chvala's Flying Foot Forum present "And The Beat Goes On!"

Where: The Cowles Center


April 21 - 23, 2017


This rhythm filled shared evening of contemporary percussive dance from the provocative "Flying Foot Forum" directed by Joe Chvala and passion driven flamenco by Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, will leave the audience pulsing with joyful energy.

The companies will each present their own works – traditional Spanish flamenco from Zorongo and imaginative works inspired by Scandinavian and American folk dance from Flying Foot Forum – along with a joint work combining the two companies.

Zorongo’s artistic director, Susana di Palma, refers to the flamenco portion of the program as Siempre Flamenco – a showcase of the depth and breadth of flamenco dance. “Jaleos” by renowned flamenco artist La Conja features the full ensemble using funky and playful choreography. The company will also present the emotional “Rescilencia,” a premiere choreography by Omayra Amaya, the grand niece of legendary flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya. Special guest artist Jesus Muñoz will round out the program with a fast and furious solo piece, highlighting the passion and ferocity of traditional Spanish flamenco.

Music is a vital component of flamenco. Siempre Flamenco will feature master flamenco guitarist José Valle “Chuscales,” singer José Cortes Fernandez, percussionist José Moreno and guitarist Ben Abrahamson as the igniting force behind each of the pieces.

Artistic director of Flying Foot Forum Joe Chvala draws his influences from Sweden and beyond for his portion of the program. “Filarfolket,” set to music by the Swedish folk-rock band of the same name, combines American folk dance, tap and clogging. The intense and polyrhythmic “Trines” is inspired by the sound of metal instruments (like tap shoes) striking or being struck by wood, and “Friction,” an all-new work by local composer and percussionist Peter O’Gorman, will close Flying Foot Forum’s portion of the program.

The companies will also join forces to present “Las Madres” – an excerpt from the moving Garden of Names, a work originally created by the two companies in 1996. Garden of Names revolves around Argentina’s “desaparecidos” (the disappeared) – the thousands of activists, students, journalists and more killed in a period of state terrorism during the 1970s. The excerpt “Madres” is about the Mothers of the Plaza del Mayo in Buenos Aires. These mothers stood in the plaza in protest of their disappeared loved ones and continue to meet every Thursday as a reminder of the consequences of political torture and extremism. The companies plan to restage Garden of Names in its entirety in the coming year at The Cowles Center.

February 26 - Leticia Aravena & Patricia Nuñez “La Tiranta” Workshops

Both workshops will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Times and workshop descriptions below.


In the workshop, Leticia Aravena shares with you very important secrets, tricks and techniques to handle the shawl with style, so you can easily learn the traditional way of dancing with the shawl. Then, she will put these techniques together in a flow, so you also learn how to apply it to a choreography. If you are a flamenca, you can incorporate all of these techniques into your own dances, like the Caña, Soleares, Sevillanas, Alegrías or whatever dance you enjoy dancing with the Mantón. Furthermore, you can also use these techniques to enhance your feminine charms in any social occasion that welcomes the elegance of a shawl on your shoulders. Olé You!


CANTE FLAMENCO WORKSHOP - Tangos de Granada, de Triana & Tanguillos with Patricia Nuñez “La Tiranta”

Learn the rhythm,the meaning behind the lyrics, accent training and learn the varius styles of tangos and the difference between each others. This workshop is orientated towards diverse learners,dancers, students, guitar players or anyone who is seeking to know more about authentic Cante Flamenco and it's origin.

Patricia Nuñez “La Tiranta”, singer, was born in Córdoba in 1987. Patricia inherited her passion for singing from her musical family background, particularly her mother. From an early age she start working with different musicians and artists from her city such as Angelin de Puente Genil, Rafael Trenas Jr., Álvaro Vizcaíno, Xavier de la Torre and others. Later on, she moved to Granada to study musical production and start her career in flamenco music.



"Mis Viajes" - A Zorongo Sunday Series Flamenco recital featuring Ross Fellrath and Friends

Ross Fellrath is a lifelong musician with a passion and curiosity for music that has taken him around the country and world. Flamenco seemed like a good challenge. He has studied Flamenco in Madrid, Spain with El Entri, Jesus de Rosario and Killino Jimenez. In Sevilla, he studied with Javier Heredia and Mark Brown. He has also learned a lot from (and had a lot of fun at) the late night fiestas in Sevilla. He is a guitarist for Zorongo Flamenco and teacher Sachiko Nishiuchi. Ross is grateful for all the international and local talent the Minneapolis Flamenco community has to offer. He thinks the biggest reward of being a musician is all the interesting people he meets so make sure you say hello.

5pm Sunday, February 5th, 2017- Zorongo Studio

VIcente Griego - Cante & Palmas Workshop

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017

Time: Noon - 1:30pm

Do you need to understand "cante" to dance flamenco? The answer is YES!

Cantaor Vicente Griego will work with dancers on "tangos" and "bulerias."

Everyone is welcome at this Cante and Palmas workshop. Vicente will guide students in various rhythm excercises while helping students of all levels expand their skills.

All levels and abilities welcome.

"Noche Flamenca!" Icehouse Performance

Featuring beloved guest singer Vicente Griego together with dancers Colette Illarde and AJ Frenzel, local guitarists Ben Abrahamson & Trevor May, and Zorongo Maja dancers.

This performance is sure to warm you soul with the fiery passion of flamenco!

When: Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Where: Icehouse Mpls

Time: 6pm showtime


Workshops with Omayra Amaya


She's back! You saw her breathtaking performance in Lorca's Women...now experience her magic and unique expertise in this one-of-a-kind workshop.

Omayra Amaya's legacy is one of a deep and proud gypsy flamenco tradition. The daughter of flamenco dancers Olga and Curro Amaya and grandniece of the greatest Flamenco dancer who ever lived, Carmen Amaya.




Day Time Level Price
Saturday, January 14
10:00am - 11:00am
11:15am - 12:45pm
Sunday, January 15
***11:30am - 1:00pm

Zambomba - A Holiday

Performance & Celebration

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre & School wass proud to present our students in a studio showing of dedication and inspiration.

With ages ranging from under 7 to over 70 and experience ranging from just weeks to several years and even decades, Zorongo's students keep coming back for many reasons. But one thing we all share is a fascination with fiery flamenco.

Join us to celebrate the journey of these passionate Minnesotans and give witness to the power of Flamenco to connect and transcend. You'll be supporting your friends and family as well as a renowned MN non-profit arts organization. And who knows, it could be you out there on the stage next time!

When: Sunday, December 18


"Café Madrid" Icehouse Performance


When: Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Time: 5pm

Tickets: $22 advance / $25 door


Featuring dancers Maximilano Rebman, Jennifer Benavides, and singer La Conja, along with Zorongo dancers Colette Illarde & Deborah Elias-Morse with guitarists Ben Abrahamson and Trevor May.










Jennifer Benavides and Maximiliano Rebman Workshops

Guest performers Jennifer Benavides & Maximiliano Rebman will be teaching workshops at the Zorongo studio in conjunction with their Icehouse performance on November 20, 2016.

Workshops Dates/Times:

Thursday Nov. 17th 
6:30-8:00pm: Master class (technique and bulerías)

Saturday Nov. 19th 
10-11am: Intro level (technique and tangos)
11:15-12:45 Intermediate level (technique and soleá)

Sunday Nov. 20th

12:00-1:30pm: Master class (technique and bulerías)


Alexis Maximiliano Rebman

Maxi began studying at a young age in his mother’s flamenco dance school in Mendoza, Argentina, winning numerous awards across South America where he performed extensively. At the age of 18, he moved to Madrid to continue his studies with masters such as Paco Romero and Domingo Ortega.He toured with the companies of Clara Ramona, Jose Huertas, Paco Romero, Manuel Reyes and la Tati, before joining Aida Gomez’s company in 2005. He danced with this company for six years, interpreting the soloist role of Zuñigo in her production of Carmen, performing in the Teatro Villamarta at the 2006 Festival de Jerez, Madrid’s Teatros del Canal, and numerous other international theaters from Japan to London. 
He has shared the stage with such renowned artists as Rafael Amargo, Juan de Juan and Primitivo Danza. Since 2012, he has partnered celebrated dancer Inmaculada Ortega in Las Tablas, the Teatro de Miraflores and Casa Patas. He is a member of her company, Aroma Flamenco which performs regularly across Spain. Currently, Maxi dances in numerous tablaos in Madrid, including Candela, Torres Bermejas and Café de Chinitas.
He divides his time between the stage and the classroom, and he served as co-director, choreographer and principal teacher at Madrid’s Arabesques Escuela de Danza from 2011-2016. 

Jennifer Benavides

Cuban-American, Jennifer began her dance training at a young age, studying classical ballet at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2000 she relocated to Madrid where she continued her flamenco studies in Amor de Dios with such masters as Maria Magdalena, Antonio Reyes and Inmaculada Ortega. In 2004 she became an apprentice in Inmaculada’s company Aroma Flamenco, becoming a full-fledged member in 2006. 
She began to dance in the Madrid tablao scene in 2005, in the emblematic Torres Bermejas where she continues to perform today. She also dances in numerous other tablaos in Madrid including El Cortijo, El Café de Chinitas and El Juglar. In 2008 she danced with Joaquin Ruiz’s company in Barcelona’s Palau de la Música. She has also performed alongside Charo Espino and Angel Muñoz with Carlotta Santana’s New York-based company Flamenco Vivo. From 2012-2014 she performed a soloist role in Inmaculada Ortega’s production Me Olvidé de Ti…Alzheimer which was presented in numerous theaters across the community of Madrid. 
Jennifer shares her time on stage and in the classroom, and since 2006 she has travelled five times to Japan’s prestigious Spainkikaku flamenco academies in Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka. She currently teaches private classes in Madrid.

Free Public Flamenco Workshops

In conjunction with Zorongo's "Los Caprichos" performances, Zorongo will be teaching FREE public workshops in St. Paul!

When: Saturday, November 5

Where: Rondo Community Library, 461 Dale St. N., St. Paul, MN 55104

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Cost: FREE




Copyright Anita White

"LOS CAPRICHOS" Full-Length Debut

Premiering as a work-in-progress at the Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts in Minneapolis in June 2015, the completed flamenco dance work LOS CAPRICHOS will make its full-length debut at Park Square Theatre's Proscenium Stage in St. Paul on November 5 & 6, 2016.

Inspired by Spanish artist Francisco Goya and his satirical prints, including The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. The StarTribune has called the piece an "image-heavy dance - with rhythmic flamenco punctuated by moments of stillness and creeping, sinister movements." In other words, a performance that evokes the mysteries of Halloween and the drama of the Election season that the first weekend in November will bring.


Saturday, November 5 - 7:30pm

Sunday, November 6 - 2:30pm

Park Square Theatre

20 West 7th Place

St. Paul, MN 55102

""Los Caprichos" had something really powerful.." - Minneapolis StarTribune, 2015

LOS CAPRICHOS will feature Zorongo Artistic Director Susana di Palma, original music by guitarist/composer Ben Abrahamson, tap/percussion dancers Jeremy Bensussan & Tryone Russell, and other local Zorongo dancers.

"And yet amid these moments of horror came humor as well"

An exhilarating and socially moving show for fall.

Workshops with Antonio Arrebola

About Antonio:

Antonio Arrebola was born in Malaga, Spain and began dancing at the age of eight. He began his dance studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza in Málaga, where he was trained in baile flamenco, ballet clásico and clásico español and studied with Susana Lupiañez, Ricardo Caña, and Valentina Letova.  In 2001, Antonio was awarded a full scholarship from the Fundación Cristina Hereen de Arte de Flamenco in Sevilla to continue perfecting his technique, and studied under such flamenco greats as Javier Latorre, Javier Barón, Rafael Campallo, Manuel Soler, and Hiniesta Cortés.The following year, Mario Maya selected Antonio as a student at the Centro Escénico in Granada, where he studied with Alejandro Granados, Rafaela Carrasco, Belén Maya, and Juan Andrés Maya.


Date Class Time Price
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Intro/New students 10am - 11am $25
Intermediate/Advanced 11:15am - 12:45pm $25
Sunday, October 16 , 2016 Intermediate/Advanced Noon - 1:30pm $25

Fall School Open House

Zorongo's annual Fall Open House took place on Saturday, September 10th from 10am - 1pm!

There were snacks, free sample classes, and a small performance by Zorongo's apprentices, the "Majas".

Day Schedule:

10am - 10:20am - Sample Intro to Flamenco Class

10:30am - Faruquito Flash mob

10:45am - 11am - Sample Kids Palomitas Class

11:05am - Majas Performance

11:15am - 12:05pm - Sample Intermediate Class

12:15pm - Sevillanas

12:30pm - 12:45pm - Sample Flamenco Basics Class

12:45pm - Faruquito Flash mob

Minnesota State Fair 2016!

Zorongo performed at the Minnesota State Fair again this year as part of Arts A'Fair!

All performances were held in the West End Market of the Fair right behind the Skyride.

Zorongo also had a booth inside the Education building along with the other Arts A'Fair participants.

Dates: Sunday, August 28 through Tuesday, August 30

Showtimes each day: 3:30PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM

sunday Series Concert

with Andréana Cortés

Date: August 14, 2016

Time: 7pm @ Zorongo

Music:  Andréana performed classical works of Spanish and South American composers and traditional flamenco works of Sabicas, Rene Heredia, and compositions by Tony Hauser.

About Andréana:

Andréana's love for flamenco stems from the rich heritage of her Spanish Gypsy roots that trace back to Granada, Spain. Her father, Enriqué Cortés-Heredia, was one of six musicians and dancers for La Familia Heredia, who were prominent flamenco artists based in Los Angeles, CA. Furthermore, he was the principal guitarist for renowned flamenco dancer José Greco.  Realizing that the family’s role in “El Arte de Flamenco” would end with her father’s generation, Andréana set about learning flamenco guitar from her father (in the Gypsy tradition), and she has studied with several other flamenco maestros, including Pedro Cortés, Jr., Jose “Chuscales” Valle, Amir John Hadad, and her uncle, René Heredia.  Since then, as one of the few female flamenco guitarists in the Twin Cities, Andréana has served as an accompanist for the Zorongo Flamenco Theater and Dance School, Anda Flamenco, and as second guitarists to Michael Hauser.  Andréana is a 2016 graduate of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, with a B.A. in music, specializing in flamenco and classical guitar, where she studied under Tony Hauser.

Summer workshops with La Conja

La Conja is returning to Zorongo this summer and she will be teaching workshops!

All levels are welcome.  

Thursday, July 21
6:30pm - 8pm
Saturday, July 23
11:15am - 12:45pm
Sunday, July 24
Noon - 1:30pm

La Conja's workshop will focus on compás technique, footwork, as well as the torso, upper body, and arms. She will also explore improvisation of different Palos (styles) in flamenco.

Noche de Andalucia, a night of "arte y compas" featuring La Conja

Zorongo will be returning to the Icehouse on July 17 with an all new performance featuring La Conja!

"Noche de Andalucia," will be a night of "arte y compas" with one of the flamenco world's most versatile artists, flamenco dancer and singer, La Conja.

La Conja will be accompanied by Ben Abrahamson, Trevor May and Michael Ziegahn on guitar joined by local dancers from Zorongo, Catherine Higgins Whiteside and Christine Kozachok.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

@Icehouse Mpls

4:30pm doors / 5pm showtime

Tickets: $12 in advance / $15 at the door






The Palabras Project

Conceived and produced by Other Tiger Productions, The Palabras Project is an immersive musical and theatrical experience. Twin Cities top Latino talents fill Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss Thrust Stage with a celebration of words, art and music inspired by Federico García Lorca's play Blood Wedding.

Directed by Jessica Huang and Ricardo Vázquez, the performance weaves throughout the theatre combining the provacative flamenco dance of Susana di Palma (Zorongo dancers will be featured), the hip-hop influenced Boricua music of Maria Isa, the songs of Javier Trejo, the indigenous art of Armando Gutierrez G., the masks and puppets of Gustavo Boada, and the storytelling of Dario Tangelson.

The Palabras Project played at the Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss Thrust Stage from July 8 - 17, 2016.




Photo credit Bill Cameron


SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016

$8 in advance / $10 at the door

4:30pm Doors / 5pm Showtime

All ages.

Flamenco Structure Workshop with Master Teacher, La Conja

Much loved singer and dancer La Conja will be hosting workshops at the Zorongo Studio April 19 & 20, 2016.

Workshop Description:

Flamenco is a very complex
Musical form which has many elements that make it Flamenco, the singing, dance,
Guitar, palmas, the rhythm
All these elements are very important in order to understand how Flamenco works, & how you dance to a singer, the difference styles in the cante. How a dance is put together with a singer & guitarists. The art of the palmas, learning to accompany a dancer & singer in a performance setting.The Importance of the compas
The rhythm in Flamenco


This class will be for dancers, guitarists, & students interested in the cante.

Photo Credit Angelica Escoto



Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
6:30 - 8:30pm
All levels
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
6:30 - 8:30pm
All levels

Lorca's Women: April 15 - 17, 2016


Click here to see the program, or click here to view the insert of the sung verses.

Joined by an ensemble of guest singers and musicians, Zorongo Flamenco premiered Susana di Palma's new work LORCA'S WOMEN at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts in Minneapolis on April 15 - 17, 2016.

LORCA'S WOMEN featured a cast of international dancers and musicians, including:

Omayra Amaya - grand-niece of the greatest Flamenco dancer who ever lived, Carmen Amaya

Jose Vallé “Chuscales” - gypsy flamenco guitar master with international acclaim born in Granada, Spain

La Conja - singer and dancer, La Conja is one of the flamenco world’s most versatile artists

Kina Mendez- vibrant and exhilarating flamenco singer from Jerez, Spain

Roberto Castellon - guitar virtuoso


The show also included: Susana di Palma, Deborah Elias, Colette Illarde, Andrea J. Frenzel, and the Zorongo apprentices.

“Flamenco embodies the universal quest for expressing the mysteries of the soul through the forms of music, poetry and dance. In my newest work, I will explore ‘Who are these women in today's world?’” Susana di Palma, Zorongo founder and artistic director, said.

Returning to the stage was Zorongo regulars Jose Vallé “Chuscales” and Kina Mendez along with a highlighted performance by flamenco legend Omayra Amaya.


Federico García Lorca is known as the voice of "los gitanos,” the Romani people of southern Spain who are identified with the Andalusian culture, which gave birth to flamenco. The poems found in his "Poemas del Cante Jondo" and in his three tragedies evoke the essence, drama, and nature of the art form. Lorca's female characters including the eponymous tragic heroine in “Yerma,” the daughters in "Bernarda Alba," the bride in “Blood Wedding," and the female imagery in the poem “La Luna”, will be central figures in the dances choreographed for these three performances.


Omayra Amaya Workshops

Omayra Amaya taught workshops at the Zorongo Studio prior to her performance in Zorongo's production of Lorca's Women. Workshop dates and times below.

"I had the great opportunity to be part of the workshop in July. I think it was an incredible experience to be one of her students. Omayra is not only super good explaining every step of her choreography but at the same time she makes people feel very comfortable while learning. I loved it! I hope she comes back to Tampa soon."  –Marlene Butkus, a student of Omayra





Photo Credit Sarah Sivler


Date Time Level Cost
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 6:30pm - 8pm Intermediate/Advanced $30
Sunday, April 10th, 2016 Noon - 1:30pm Intermediate/Advanced $30

Sunday Series - February 21

Paco de Lucía: la búsqueda

A film and guitar performance

We will explore and learn about the life of genius guitarist Paco de Lucía. The evening will start by watching the film "Paco de Lucía: la búsqueda", a documentary which follows Lucía as he is immersed in recording his last and final record before his death. To conclude the night, guitarist Diego Rowan-Martin will perform.

"Guitar legend Paco de Lucia agreed to collaborate with director Francisco Sanchez Varela on this documentary about his life and some of the lessons that he learned throughout six decades of devotion to Flamenco music. (He began to play the guitar at age 7 and died at 66.) The film features a series of intimate, sometimes hilarious interviews with the Andalusian master, and plenty of his amazing music. We learn about his relationship with other Flamenco greats, like the singer Camaron, and jazz musicians, like John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Chick Corea, among others. "

This film won "Best Documentary" at the Goya awards in 2015.

When: February 21, 2016

Time: 5pm

Cost: FREE ($5 donation encouraged)

Where: Zorongo Studio

Sunday Series - January 17

Blood Wedding and Lorca!

Come and learn about the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca from professor Marina Martin Orejana.

Starting at 5pm, we will watch the movie "Blood Wedding" by Carlos Saura. After the movie we will talk to Professor Marina about Lorca and his life.

This is the beginning of our "Lorca" winter sunday series which will shadow the work done by Zorongo on our new theater/flamenco work "Lorca's Women" which will premiere at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis on April 15th!

When: January 17th @5pm

Price: FREE ($5 donation encouraged)

Where: Zorongo Studio

Popcorn and treats will be provided.

Pitch Dark Cabaret

Patrick's Cabaret presents....the Pitch Dark Cabaret, performance art in the dark

Friday & Saturday, December 11-12, 2015 at 7:30pm

@Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis

Tickets= $10 at the door, $8 in advance from Zorongo

Curated and hosted by Scott Artley, Patrick's Cabaret Performing Arts Curator


In this experimental Cabaret event, held in the darkest period of the year, artists are invited to present works of any kind, from any genre, but with a catch - from start to finish, the entire space will be completely in the dark. With the sense of sight left out of the equation, artists heighten the live exploration of sound and language, time and space, isolation and attachment.

Adelante! - "Majas" Apprentices performance

Zorongo's eight new apprentices, the "majas", performed their new choreography by Jesus Muñoz and more to conclude 2015.

A free holiday fiesta was held in the Zorongo studio following the performance.

When: Sunday, December 6th

Where: Patrick's Cabaret

Cost: $10

Showtime: 5pm

Give to the Max Day - Nov. 12

Zorongo participated in Give to the Max Day on November 12, 2015.

Please consider making a donation to Zorongo (you can still make one today!). Your donation will go towards supporting artists, providing free community events like our Sunday Series, and simply supporting Zorongo and the flamenco community.

Donate at Zorongo's GiveMN site here.

*Donors contributing $250 or more will be invited to an authentic Spanish Tapas Happy Hour at the home of one of our Board Members between January - March.

Fall Performances - Luna Lunera

In October 2015, Zorongo went on a short tour and offered master classes by our guest artists. Below are the performance dates.

November 6th - Fairmont Opera House (Fairmont, MN)

November 7th - Lakeville Area Arts Center (Lakeville, MN)

November 8th - Icehouse (Minneapolis, MN)

Cante with Vicente Griego

When: Saturday, November 7th

Where: Zorongo Studio

Time: 2pm - 3:30pm

Price: $22

Vicente Griego “El Cartucho” is from Dixon/Embudo, New Mexico and has devoted his life to the study of cante flamenco, the art of flamenco singing.

In 1992, Vicente began touring the US, Canada and Latin America, with the Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company, where he was mentored by Caño Roto and Alfonso “Veneno” of Madrid, Spain. He remains a pupil of acclaimed guitarist, Chuscales.

Vicente Griego has performed with Encinas Yjastros National Flamenco Company for the last eleven years and continues to tour the US.

Fall Workshops with Jesus Muñoz

About Jesus:

At age 18 after being inspired by guitarist Isaiah Vigil, Muñoz attended his first flamenco dance class in Albuquerque, NM.  13 years later Muñoz has been in over 2,000 performances worldwide from intimate tablaos to the Lincoln Center in New York City and has introduced flamenco to over 45,000 students. 

            Muñoz directs Jesus Muñoz Flamenco and Co-Directs La Chispa and Co.  In 2009 Muñoz founded Casa Flamenca School of Flamenco in Albuquerque, NM with a mission to create and produce world-class flamenco art in addition to creating a viable community that embraces flamenco culture and hosts world-class guest artists.  In March, Muñoz was a featured soloist at Lincoln Center for the exhibit, “100 years of Flamenco in New York City.”  Recently, Muñoz has been featured at Jazz Café at Music Hall, the Detroit Institute of the Arts “Spanish Masters” series, the National Museum of Dance, Nasher Museum at Duke University, University of Sevilla (Sevilla), El Gran Teatro Falla (Cadiz), Palacio Andaluz (Sevilla), Spanish Embassies (USA and Canada), for the Prince of Spain, and has closed for the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra at the Arvada Center Amphitheatre. 

The first week of Jesus' workshop will concentrate on choreography. The following week he will have Vicente Griego sing for the class giving students the experience of dancing the choreography with the cante.

"prisms" - a Sunday Series

How do perspectives shift through mediums pierced from changing angles and paths?


This exploratory event will feature a collection of pieces intertwining Music, Movement, and Meaning through original scores by Bruce Bolon, choreography by Yung-Tsi Bolon, and poetry by Wang Ping.

Sunday, October 25, 2015


FREE ($5 suggested donation)

Zorongo Studio


Sunday Series: Orchestra for Ants

Park Evans/Thomas Nordlund/Ben Abrahamson

7pm Sunday, October 4th

$10 Zorongo Studio

Equal parts bourbon-soaked country, barnstorming flamenco, and jazz improvisation, Orchestra for Ants breathes new life into the guitar trio format. Guitarists Park Evans, Thomas Nordlund, and Ben Abrahamson weave together a small orchestra of steel-string, flamenco, and 12-string acoustic guitar sounds.

Flamenco on Fire

Press release available here.

Read the review by the Star Tribune here!

On June 26 & 27, 2015 Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre presented FLAMENCO ON FIRE an evening of spectacular traditional Spanish flamenco dance and music at The Cowles Center in Minneapolis. The two part program also featured an excerpt from Susana di Palma’s new provocative contemporary flamenco ballet "Los Caprichos" which is inspired by Spanish artist Francisco Goya and his satirical prints including "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters".

Flamenco on Fire featured a cast of international dancers and musicians from Spain, including:
- Jose Vallé “Chuscales” - A Spanish gypsy flamenco guitar master born in Granada, Spain
Kina Mendez - Vibrant flamenco singer from Jerez, Spain

- José Cortés Fernández - A passionate flamenco percussionist and vocalist of Spanish heritage.
- Antonio Arrebola - A contemporary flamenco dancer & choreographer from Malaga, Spain

The show also included: Susana di Palma, Deborah Elias, Andrea Plevan, and the Zorongo majas (apprentices).

Flamenco on Fire is about truly honoring our flamenco community and this vibrant, passionate tradition” said Zorongo founder and Artistic Director Susana di Palma, “flamenco embodies the universal quest for expressing the mysteries of the soul through the forms of music, poetry and dance”. In essence, “The true fire is from the past”. 

This year, Zorongo’s Cowles season was dedicated to honoring the legacy of the flamenco tradition which has found a second home here in Twin Cities.

Juanito Pascual Sunday Series

May 24th

$12 Ticket

5pm Zorongo Studio


About Juanito:

National Public Radio calls Juanito Pascual "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years." A Minneapolis native and graduate of Boston's New England Conservatory,  Juanito enjoys an active international touring schedule as soloist, band leader and as collaborator with numerous projects. 


In 2014 Juantio released his third album of original compositions and has been a featured artist in such renowned venues as the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's Avery Fisher Hall and Blue Note Jazz Club, Panama Jazz Festival, Mexico City's Eurojazz Festival, and Madrid's Casa Patas. He has been featured on the NPR's "The World" program and made an appearance in the 2009 film "Pink Panther 2" alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia. 


FULL BIO and more: juanitopascual.com 

Michael Hauser Sunday Series

Special Event



Anna Natt & Minimalist Flamenco

A Zorongo Sunday Series Special Event...

5pm April 19th, 2015

$15 Zorongo Studio

"In this workshop, we will approach flamenco through a conceptual lens. Freed from its traditional associations and liberated from complicated techniques that often exclude participation, flamenco is able to become a universal language for all present. One focus of the workshop will be to define and explore which aspects characterize the “flamenco body” and the quality of flamenco movement. Participants will be taught how to harness forms such as remate, pellizco, jaleo and llamada, and stylistically reinvent and repurpose them according to their individual expression and background. These elements are the building blocks to dancing a “pataita”, or short solo danced to a phrase of bulerías.

This workshop is open to movers of all levels and anyone who is curious to interact with this art form on a personal level and without the weight of tradition.

To learn more about Anna, please visit her website here.

Photo credit: Rolf Arnold

Sunday Series - Winter 2015

If you missed any of the presentation dates, all slide shows and other supporting materials are available below.


January 18th

History of Spanish Dance...According to Susana!

View videos and hear legends of the "greats"

**Slideshow Presentation**

**Presentation Handout**


January 25th

What is Flamenco and How Does it Work?

Learn about the structure and creative workings

**Slideshow Presentation**


February 8th

History of Flamenco Music

Videos and discussion surrounding the history of the art form focusing on the "cante" and guitar.

**Slideshow Presentation**

**Susana's Notes**

February 22nd

Recuerdos: Reflections on Our Personal Histories with Flamenco

Dancers Catherine Higgins Whiteside, Christine Kozachok, and Andrea Plevan perform with guitarists Michael Hauser & Ben Abrahamson

Bedlam Theatre:

Echoes of Spain Final Performance


Echoes of spain on tour

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre presents “Echos of Spain”, a concert full of vibrant traditional flamenco dance, guitar and singing, and featuring an ensemble of critically acclaimed, masterful performers.  Inspired by the “Avante Garde” revolution in Paris in the early 1900's in which the glamour and fire of Spanish dance ignited the art scene, this performance will present songs, music and dances that echo the past while bringing forth contemporary spirit and virtuosity.  

Artistic Director, Susana di Palma directs master gypsy guitarist Chuscales, powerful flamenco singer Vicente Griego and dancers Jesus Muñoz, Deborah Elias and Colette Illarde in an evening concert that you will not forget.

As part of the MN States Art Board Legacy Tour, we will be bringing this show to the following communities:

Oct. 10 - Civic Center, Glenwood, MN

Oct. 11 - Kiehle Auditorium, Crookstan, MN

Oct. 12 - Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN

Oct. 13 - Park Rapids Area Library at Armory Square, Park Rapids, MN

Oct. 14 - Bemidji Public Library, Bemidji, MN

Oct. 16 - Arrowwood Lodge, Brainerd, MN

Oct. 18 - Mankato State University, Mankato, MN

Oct. 19 - Bedlam Theatre, St. Paul, MN



This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.



ConVivir: 7 Dances to A More Compassionate World

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre returned to The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts with ConVivir: 7 Dances to a More Compassionate World. The show ran April 4, 5 and 6, 2014.

ConVivir is inspired by the “convivencia” (“coexistence”) period in Spanish history (711 CE to 1492 CE) when Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together in an atmosphere that was remarkable for its lack of religious strife. Zorongo Founder and Artistic Director Susana di Palma will construct another of her trademark multi-disciplinary and multi-media spectacles, using contemporary Spanish flamenco guitar, singing and dance, as well as other forms of music and performance to evoke a broader range of emotions. Flamenco, hip hop, Sephardic and Arabic music and dance will fuse with poetry, legend, and present day culture to offer a compelling vision of the future. Zorongo will also offer outreach activities including a panel discussion with local faith leaders to discuss the pressing issues of interfaith cooperation and coexistence that this production raises.

ConVivir will feature an international cast, including:

  • Amir-John Haddad – Madrid-based flamenco guitarist who plays oud, bazouki, electric oud, electric guitar, banjo and more!
  • Arcadio Marin – Composer and flamenco guitarist from Barcelona, who composed the beautiful music for our "Romeria" piece
  • José Salinas – From Alicanté, José is a flamenco singer who has just released a hot new recording with Amir (see below)
  • La Conja – Coming to us from Sri Lanka, this flamenco singer & dancer also sings in Arabic
  • Antonio Arrebola – A young contemporary flamenco dancer from Malaga, who wowed audiences on our fall tour and at our sold-out show at The Ritz Theater
  • David Jordan Harris – Singer and co-founder of Voices of Sepharad
  • Judith Brin Ingber – Contemporary and Jewish dancer and dance writer as well as co-founder of Voices of Sepharad.
  • Craig Harris – Visual artist, composer and musician who will create projections and original music for the show
  • Candy Kuehn -- An artist and costumer who will create the outfits worn by the cast.
  • And of course, our Zorongo Dancers: Susana di Palma, Deborah Elias, Colette Illarde, Andrea Plevan, Laura Horn


Zorongo Flamenco's production of ConVivir has received support from the Goodale Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, the City of St Paul Cultural STAR grant program, and individual donors. Also underwritten by the American Composers Forum’s Live Music for Dance Minnesota program in partnership with NewMusicUSA, with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Zorongo Flamenco is also supported by the McKnight Foundation, the Target Foundation, and the General Mills Foundation. 

Zorongo Flamenco's production of ConVivir received support from the Goodale Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, the City of St Paul Cultural STAR grant program, the American Composers Forum and individual donors. Zorongo Flamenco is also supported by the McKnight Foundation, the Target Foundation, and the General Mills Foundation. 

Convivencia - Medieval to Modern

A public dialogue to encourage communities that embrace and celebrate cultural differences in the Twin Cities

Mount Zion Temple

In conjunction with ConVivir: 7 Dances to A More Compassionate World, Zorongo Flamenco presented a preview excerpt of the show, along with a public dialogue highlighting how the Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultural cooperation of Medieval Spain's renowned Convivencia period is more relevant and necessary than ever in the Twin Cities metro area. The event was held at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul, on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 6 - 8PM, with a small reception afterwards.


Dr. Michelle Hamilton, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, University of Minnesota, and Dr. Stacy Beckwith, Chair of Middle Eastern Languages, Director of Judaic Studies, Professor of Hebrew, Carleton College, set the context of the fabled Convivencia (literally meaning coexistence) epoch when active interaction and cooperation between Jews, Muslims and Christians produced a brilliant and exceptional cultural flourishing.


Drs. Hamilton and Beckwith introduced a noted panel of local interfaith leaders - Rev. David Lindsey, Pastor, Lynnhurst Congregational UCC, Rabbi David Wirtschafter, Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, and Dr. Adil Ozdemir, Co-Director, Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, Clinical Professor, University of St. Thomas, who will briefly discuss how these earlier historical moments and their cultural legacy echo aspects of our own Twin Cities communities, including negotiation of languages, cultural values, and religious beliefs. A question and answer period followed.


Prior to the panel and dialogue, Susan di Palma provided a short explanation of ConVivir and a preview of this exciting performance, featuring noted local and global artists.


Thursday, March 27, 2014
Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Ave, St Paul
Margolis Hall
Free and open to the public


Zorongo Flamenco's production of ConVivir has received support from the Goodale Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, the City of St Paul Cultural STAR grant program, the American Composers Forum and individual donors. Zorongo Flamenco is also supported by the McKnight Foundation, the Target Foundation, and the General Mills Foundation. 

Sol y Luna

Sol y Luna was a special presentation of Zorongo's Arts Tour Minnesota content here in Minneapolis. A sold-out house joined us at The Ritz Theatre for an exceptional evening of flamenco featuring guitar legend Chuscales (pictured at right), vocalist Vicente Griego, and dancers Antonio Arrebola, Deborah Elias and Colette Illarde with choreography and a solo by Zorongo Artistic Director Susana di Palma.

Sol y Luna

Saturday, November 9th

The Ritz Theatre, 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis

Arts Tour Minnesota

This fall, Zorongo Flamenco artists once again hit the road with their show Sol y Luna for tour dates in Greater Minnesota, as part of the Minnesota State Arts Board's Arts Tour Minnesota program, supported by funds from the Legacy Amendment. The full troupe of dancers and musicians, including Chuscales, Antonio Arrebola (pictured at right), Vicente Griego, Colette Illarde and Deborah Elias, visited seven communities to present a program of flamenco music, song and dance.

October 28: Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato

October 30: Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter

November 4: Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet

November 5: The Reif Center in Grand Rapids

November 7: Central Lakes College in Brainerd

November 8: The University of Minnesota at Morris

November 10: Carleton College in Northfield

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Locas Mujeres y Más/Madwomen + More

Choreography by Susana di Palma

March 8, 9 and 10, 2013
The Goodale Theatre at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

Zorongo Artistic director Susana di Palma presented her newest flamenco adventure, Locas Mujeres y Mas/Madwomen and More, at The Cowles Center for the Performing Arts on March 8th, 2013.

Locas Mujeres y Mas/Madwomen and More was inspired by the poetry of Chilean educator, diplomat and Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral. The show featured dancers Deborah Elias, Colette Illarde, Yung-Tsi Bolon, Chris Kozachok, Jenna Laffin and Andrea Plevan, performing choreographies that explored the sensual, yet often melancholy writings that Mistral created to commemorate all the ways that women are considered “mad” by society. Vocalists Barbara Martinez and Jesús Montoya, guitarists Ricardo Anglada and Tony Hauser, percussionist El Yiyi and special guest dancer Antonio Granjero also performed in the second part of the evening, which featured a range of original choreographies by Granjero and created great excitement in the audience.

Locas Mujeres y Mas/Madwomen and More is produced with the help of grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Goodale Family Foundation, the Program for Cultural Cooperation of the Spanish Government and the generous support of many individual donors.

Zorro in the Land of The Golden-Breasted Woodpecker

Choregraphy by Susana di Palma

Poetry by Heid Erdrich

Animation by Jonathan Thunder

February 24, 25 and 26, 2012

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts


In Zorongo Flamenco's imaginitive production, Zorro makes a spectacular appearance in the land of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker -- Madeleine Island, spiritual home of the Ojibwe people.

Creatively based on choreographer Susana di Palma's family memoir, the fabled Zorro comes alive through evocative flamenco dance and music performed by a powerful cast of Native American, Spanish and local artists, all led by Antonio Granjero as the hero!

"A stellar cast of flamenco and native dancers and musicians."

— Caroline Palmer, StarTribune


"Rich in imagery on all levels, the performance was easily worth at least twice the admission price."

— Gary Peterson, Minnesota Mist

Dali's Cookbook

A collaborative choreography by Susana di Palma and Myron Johnson

June 23rd to June 25th, 2011, Ritz Theatre

"[O]nly the combined imaginations of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre's Susana di Palma and the Ballet of the Dolls' Myron Johnson and Robert Skafte could conceive the wonderfully weird "Dali's Cookbook: A Gastronomical Inquisition,"

— Caroline Palmer, StarTribune

Robert Skafte and Susana di Palma appear in Dali's Cookbook