Melinda Marquez is a highly skilled and much-loved dancer, teacher and choreographer, whose roots in the NYC flamenco world go back to her teen years. As a young classical ballet apprentice with the Harkness Ballet, she was mentored in flamenco and Spanish dance by Roberto Lorca and shortly after, performed with guitarist Diego Castellon at the Meson Flamenco on 14th Street, with the companies of Orlando Romero and Jose Molina at the Chateau Madrid, and at tablaos throughout the NYC area with guitarists Pedro Cortes Sr. and Paco Juanas, and singers Luis Vargas, and Paco Ortiz. On occasion, Melinda also had the great fortune to dance with legends such as Domingo Alvarado, Mario Escudero and and jazz bassist, Charles Mingus.
Melinda Marquez is Founder and Artistic Director of the new Flamenco Dance Center of NY and CT and has been on the faculty of Ballet Hispanico for many years. Her in-school workshops designed for Ballet Hispanico have garnered praise from teachers, parents, students and administrators. The guitar master Paco Peña recently bestowed high praises on her work: “I had the pleasure of seeing the Alegrias of the Ballet Hispanico School Dance Recital… I would like to extend my congratulations to Melinda Marquez on her excellent teaching.”
Throughout her career Melinda has studied and performed with great masters of flamenco dance both in New York and Spain. A founding member of the Flamenco Vivo company with Roberto Lorca and Carlota Santana, she now directs her own works made up of dancers that she trains in both New York and Connecticut.
Melinda’s long career and sustained excellence has been recognized with a NY Foundation for the Arts choreography fellowship, faculty and guest positions at the Alvin Ailey School, Jacques d’Amboise’ National Dance Institute, Eglevsky Ballet, and Dance CT. She has led both community and master classes at a variety of venues including Brooklyn College, Mannes College of Music, for The Hartt School and the City Center Fall for Dance Festival. This past summer, she was the subject of a lengthy article in The Arts Paper, a publication of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.