Linda Vargas
 
  • Co-Founder Alianza Flamenca 1995
  • Member of Board of Artistic Directors and SCC -Alianza Flamenca
  • Director of Linda Vargas Spanish Dance Company 1982-2017
  • Founder and director of STAMP
  • Dance lecturer NAPTOSA (Dance in the SA school curriculum)
  • Spanish lecturer UKZN 2010-2017
  • Masters in Education - (Full Dissertation: Cum laud) UKZN 2010
  • Dissertation title: Out the box: Flamenco Dance as Educational
  • HDE Natal University
  • BA HONS University of Natal Speech and Drama
  • http://ersc.nmmu.ac.za/articles/Vargas_Vol_1_No_1_April_2012.pdf  
  • Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma ISTD London
  • Licentiate ISTD London  Cecchetti Method
  • IDB and PDB Spanish Dance Society
  • Appointed Examiner for Spanish Dance Society 1995
  • International examiner Alianza Flamenca
  • Nominated for VITA award( for Siguiriyas) for most outstanding female dancer
  • Awarded Mercedes Molina Spanish Dance Society Bursary for Advanced

 

Career History

In 1995 Linda was invited by Hazel Acosta to co-found the international flamenco dance training method of Alianza Flamenca and is a member of its Board of Artistic Directors and International Examiners.  

Linda founded The Linda Vargas Spanish Dance Company (1982). In addition to running her own dance studio and company, Linda facilitates corporate, educational, and dance workshops. She performs and examines dance both nationally and internationally and is a lecturer at UKZN.  

In the early years, Linda and Company performed in great opera productions for NAPAC, PACT and CAPAB where Linda was invited to choreograph La Traviata, Amal, Faust, Salome and Carmenat the Pretoria State Theatrefor world renowned Director of the London Opera, Sir Michael Rennison.

Linda’s choreographies, Desert Flowers and Camino Flamenco were both awarded grants by the National Arts Council of South Africa. Linda and company have been invited to perform for the Spanish Embassy both nationally and internationally and have participated in numerous collaborative productions with The Playhouse Dance Company. They conduct outreach dance projects and educational dance workshops at schools.

More recently Linda’s choreography has explored the fusion of flamenco with Indian, African, Brazilian, Celtic, and Jazz musical genres with world renown jazz musicians, namely pianist Neil Gonsalves, and flamenco guitarist, Demi Fernandez, saxophonist Martin Sigamoney, and world acclaimed percussionists Efrain Toro, Bryan Stone and Bruce Baker.

With numerous trips to Spain and regular seminars, Linda has been able to ensure quality and the highest standard in her performance and teaching. Her Maestros include Martin Vargas, Manolo Marin, Domingo Ortega, Immaculada Ortega, Angel Munoz, Carmela Greco, Leanor Leal, Maria Magdalena, Ciro, La Tati, La Tona, Javier la Torre, Blanca Del Rey.