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Biography

Dancing through life

Training

 Intuitive, fresh, expressive, visceral, earthly. Bailaora and choreographer Rosario Toledo has managed to be at the top of contemporary flamenco dance thanks to her creativity and her ability to convey the essence of what surrounds us and transmit it to the audience. After obtaining a degree in Spanish Dance by the Dance Conservatory of Seville (Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Sevilla), she began her professional career under the guidance of her mentor Charo Cruz, with the show ‘Por ley de vida’. She also was part of Manuela Carrasco and Antonio El Pipa’s company.

She has ever since combined her performances in famous flamenco clubs or tablaos such as ‘El Cordobés’ in Barcelona or ‘Los Gallos’ in Seville with collaborations as a guest artist on shows with artists as renowned as Javier Latorre, Javier Barón, Antonio Canales, Israel Galván, Joaquín Grilo, Miguel Poveda, Arcángel, Dorantes or José Antonio Rodríguez, among others. She also works as a soloist for Mario Maya’s show ‘De Cádiz a Cuba, la mar de Flamenco.’ 

Her own productions

This has allowed her to develop a very personal vision of flamenco dance. A dance that is deep, conceptual and full of ideas, but, at the same time, has the feet on the floor, clings to nature and goes out to the streets.
In this context, Rosario, a native from Cádiz, is immersed in the development of some projects with her own company, reaping a huge critical and commercial success and becoming an essential dancer in contemporary flamenco.

Thus, amongst her productions we can find:

-‘El aire de Cádiz.’ International première at the Festival Flamenco Mont Marsan (France, 2008)
-‘Del primer paso’. Street-version, internationally premièred at the Festival de Arte Flamenco Mont Marsan (France, 2008)
-‘Pasos para dos.’ Co-starring Ana Salazar and directed by Pepa Gamboa. Première at the Teatro Central during the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, 2008
-‘Del primer paso.’ Indoor version, nationally premièred at the Festival de Jerez 2009 and internationally premièred at the Opera House in Oslo (Norway, 2009)
-‘Hay fuego en tus ojos.’ Premièred at the Teatro Villamarta during the Festival de Jerez in 2011
-‘Vengo.’ Street show premièred at the Festival Cádiz en Danza-Movs and at the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla 2012
-‘Pintoresca’. Premièred at the I Encuentro de Coreografía y Danza de Jerez in July 2013 and at the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla 2014

Projects

 In addition to this, Rosario Toledo collaborates with other projects such the show ‘Aleluya Erótica’, produced by TNT and premièred at la Bienal de Sevilla 2012, which was awarded the prize to best show ‘Premio Giraldillo al Mejor Espectáculo’.

Also in 2012, at the First Philadelphia Flamenco Festival, the choreography ‘Cómplices’ premièred alongside the company Pasión y Arte Flamenco, from Philadelphia. In 2014 she participates in the Laboratorio Coreográfico ‘Tapas’, a choreography laboratory held for a month in the II Philadelphia Flamenco Festival.

In the latter, the artist established three proposals for dialogue through flamenco with three recognized dancers in the dance community of the city, what has allowed her to make contact with other disciplines such as Post-Modern, Jazz, Tap-Dance, Hip-Hop or Free-Style through Flamenco.

Among her acknowledgements, Rosario Toledo has been awarded the National Prize at the Concurso de Arte Flamenco de Córdoba por Guajiras y Tarantos (1998); the second Prize of the Festival de Concurso Nacional de las Minas La Unión (1999); the Giraldillo prize to Best Show at the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla 2012 for ‘Aleluya Erótica’, and the prize to Best Dance Show Premio Escenario de Sevilla 2012 for ‘Aleluya Erótica’.