B i o g r a p h y
Monica Mota created Quiero Flamenco as a way to bring Flamenco to the Inland Northwest. To date, she has produced a performance each year since founding Quiero Flamenco (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020) with 2019's show (Flamenco Aire) receiving a Spokane Arts grant and taking place at the Bing Crosby Theater.
She started dancing professionally as a ballet dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company and as a modern dancer with the Bill Evans Dance Company. When she was nineteen she attended her first Flamenco class and found her love. She has performed as a soloist for the Denver Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre, Oleaje Flamenco of Seattle, Chicas Patas of Spokane, Flamenco Denver, Solo Flamenco of Portland and Underground Flamenco of Denver. Additionally, Monica has performed her own solo choreography at On the Boards in Seattle.
Monica has trained under Sara de Luis of Pacific Northwest Ballet. She was fortunate to teach at the Pacific Northwest Ballet summer academy and coach Seattle Opera dancers. She has studied Flamenco in Granada, Spain and has also studied with Spanish performers such as Manuel Linan, Eva La Yerbabuena, Manuela Carrasco, Olga Pericet, Fuensanta La Moneta, Concha Jareno, El Torombo, Pastora Galvan and Domingo Ortega.
Prior to her studies in Spain, Monica studied Flamenco with Pablo Rodarte and Marisol and Joaquin Encinias of the National Institute of Flamenco.
Monica obtained her B.A. in Dance from the University of New Mexico and a Masters in Teaching from Whitworth University. When Monica is not dancing she loves spending time with her son and husband