Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre
The Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre is the premier Flamenco dance company in the region. Featuring eight very talented dancers, multiple guitarists, a percussionist, and Artistic Director René Heredia on lead guitar, the company performs regularly throughout the Front Range of Colorado and across the region. The company has travelled to Kansas City, the sister city of Sevilla, and Oakland, California to perform for enthusiastic crowds of flamenco aficionados.
The roots of the company date back to 1968 when Maestro Heredia opened his Denver Center for Guitar and Dance. Gathering guitar and dance students from all over the state, he formed the Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre in 1990. In 2005 the IRS recognized the Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the pure Spanish gypsy and Andalusian art of flamenco.
Maestro Heredia was instrumental in helping to found guitar programs at the University of Colorado Denver, the University of Denver, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. He was also one of the artists instrumental in founding the Denver Classical Guitar Society of Denver. His guitar and dance students can be found performing, teaching and carrying on his legacy across the region and around the world.
With its wonderful and traditional palmas (hand clapping), pitos (finger snaps), and authentically costumed company of dancers, audiences of all ages are immersed and educated in the rich Andalusian culture and Gitano way of life.