Photo : Dominique Soulard
Spanish culture has always held a fascination for Lina Moros who discovered flamenco in Toronto while studying Spanish classical guitar, and pursuing a B.A. in Spanish literature. Her curiosity became a life-long passion.
Several North American tours with companies such as the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company and the Paula Moreno Spanish Dance Company highlighted the beginning of her professional career. Her early experience culminated with performances at the Albeniz Theatre in 1986 with Rafael de Córdoba and his company. Her career having taken flight she moved to Montreal in 1990 where she founded her own flamenco school, Académie Ballet Flamenco Lina Moros and Ballet Flamenco Arte de España. Her name has always been associated with the best of flamenco.
Lina has studied with some of the grand masters of both flamenco and Spanish classical dance in Madrid, Sevilla, Jerez and elsewhere. The need to keep in touch with flamenco’s evolution and to constantly hone and develop her personal style has never left her. As recently as 2011 Lina received a Canada Council for the Arts grant to return to Sevilla for intensive workshops.
Having studied with renowned dancers such as Manolete, Mario Maya, Javier LaTorre, José Granero, Martin Vargas, Mathilde Coral and Merche Esmeralda has made Ms Moros a very complete dancer. Well versed in flamenco dance traditions and palos, she has developed her preference for the style of flamenco as practiced in Sevilla and is equally at ease with Spanish stylized dance.
Recent intensive studies with a younger generation of dancers such as Mariano Cruceta, Belen Maya, Maribel Ramos, Rafaela Carrasco, Domingo and Inmaculada Ortega, have ensured that both her personal style, and the knowledge she transmits to others are constantly renewed and invigorated.
One of the most rewarding experiences for a teacher is to share his or her knowledge and experience with students and colleagues alike. Lina Moros does so without reserve, thereby contributing to the development of professional dancers and to the promotion of flamenco in Montreal and beyond.
Considered one of Montreal’s flamenco pioneers, several prestigious companies have invited Lina to collaborate with them either as a flaemnco teacher/coach, dancer or choreographer. These include Le Cirque du soleil, Les Sortilèges, Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, L’Opéra de Montréal (1995, 2001 et 2005) and the Canadian Opera Company. In 2007 Lina Moros and colleague Laura Lynne McGee gave a flamenco workshop to students at the National Theatre School as part of the latter’s tribute to one of Quebec’s literary giants – Michel Tremblay. In 2010 Ms Moros and several students from her flamenco school were featured in an ArTV production of Voulez-vous danser?, hosted by Geneviève Guérard and co-host Annie Dufresne.