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Belén Maya

Belén Maya

Daughter of the dancers Mario Maya and Carmen Mora, Belén was born in New York (1961) during one of their world tours. Unsurprisingly she started her dance tuition at a young age at the famous Amor de Dios Flamenco academy in Madrid, and would later go on to complete her training in classical and contemporary dance in various academies throughout Europe and the US.

She began performing professionally as a guest artist in the famous Tablaos including Tablao Zambra, Cafe de Chinitas, Tablao del Carmen & Los Gallos. She joined her father's dance company where she would perform for 3 years, first as part of the chorus and later as a lead dancer.

Breaking out on her own she formed her own company and spent 6 years performing in Japan at the prestigious El Flamenco Tablao, and on her return she became the director of the Compañía de Baile de Andalucía. She continued to collaborate in the works of the major players of Flamenco and would be invited by Saura to participate in his 1995 film Flamenco. Her performance in this film, though short, would prove to be a watershed moment for female Flamenco performance – opening up new concepts of movement, musicality and even costume.

In 1997 she met Mayte Martin – a meeting which would lead to a successful partnership and an artistic relationship that would continue until the present day.

She has continued to create and produce important projects over recent years and makes time to pass on her knowledge and experience at Flamenco dance schools and academies worldwide.. Her contribution to Flamenco over the 30 years of her career was recognised in 2015 when she won the Best Dancer award in the XV Premios Flamenco Hoy and was awarded the Premio de la Crítica del Festival de Jerez.

 
Belén Maya - Bulerías de Cádiz
Belén Maya - Bulerías de Cádiz