Guest artist feature: David Romero
The Atlantic Flamenco Festival presents world-renowned Spanish flamenco dancer DAVID ROMERO, November 4 & 5, 2016
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Guest artist feature: David Romero

Friday, November 4th at 9pm
Saturday, November 5th at 1pm

The Marquee Ballrom
2037 Gottigen Street, Halifax

Experience the power, the beauty and the passion of Flamenco.

Direct from Barcelona Spain and back by popular demand, internationally acclaimed artist David Romero appears live, on stage at the Marquee Ballroom.  Romero’s sensual and electric interpretations of Spanish love stories have earned him admirers the world over – from Barcelona to Tokyo.

Feel the passion. Fall for Flamenco.

For a night of wine, tapas, and fiery footwork, come to our Friday concert.  This event is only available to those nineteen years and older.  Sip a drink as you are captivated by David Romero’s dazzling skill.


For a family friendly alternative, choose our Saturday afternoon matinee.  A special Spanish-inspired brunch will be available.  This show welcomes patrons of all ages!


David Romero, Maria Osende (dance)
Marcos Marin, Joyce Saunders (vocals)
Daniel MacNeil (guitar)
Kirsty Money (violin)
Ian MacMillan (percussion)

David Romero

Barcelona, Spain


Born in Barcelona to a family of Flamenco aficionados, David Romero grew up in the Flamenco Clubs of Barcelona.   He started his solo career in 1994 in the Tablao “Carmen Amaya “, and has since travelled from North America to Japan sharing his virtuosity with audiences everywhere.  In 2005 David formed his own company and premiered his first show, “Flamenco 4”.  In 2012, David made his first trip to Canada, to the Atlantic Flamenco Festival, giving masterclasses and performing his innovative solo work Flamenco Unipersonal.  In addition to touring across the world as a solo performer, David has shared the stage with many renowned artists such as Joaquín Cortés, Rafael Amargo, Antonio Canales, and  Juan de Juan, to name a few.


The recipient of numerous awards, David is a visionary in the world of flamenco.  He pioneers his own choreographic path that is guided by passion, instinct and life experience. Having mastered his craft with the greatest flamenco artists of our time, David is unabashed about taking risks and rising to new frontiers in dance.  Don’t expect the usual flamenco at a David Romero show.


You can hear some of David’s journey through flamenco in this interview, or visit his website at


Marcos Marin

Valence, Spain / Montreal, Canada


This year we are excited to welcome Marcos Marin, performing at our festival for the first time!  Born in Spain, Marcos Marin discovered flamenco at the age of fourteen and this genre would occupy most of his artistic journey. Marcos began his Master’s Degree in musical studies with Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal under the direction of Mr. Gilbert Patenaude and has studied classical guitar at various Canadian institutions.


Since then, Marcos has performed on the international stage with performers across Ecuador, Germany, Spain, and North America.  Now based in Quebec, Marcos regularly works with artists from Montreal’s flamenco community in addition to having participated in various projects with local artists like Daniel Lavoie and Louise Forestier, France D’Amour, Jean-François Groulx, Stéphane Rousseau, Luc Boivin, Cirque du Soleil and Ubisoft.


For more information, visit

Maria Osende

Dancer, Artistic Director of Atlantic Flamenco Festival
Madrid, Spain/ Halifax, Canada


Maria Osende is a multi-disciplinary dancer, teacher, choreographer, producer and presenter whose work is rooted in flamenco, although her background includes ballet and contemporary dance. Maria works as an independent dance artists, and is also the artistic director of her dance company Maria Osende Flamenco Co. and school in Halifax, as well as the presenter and producer of Halifax’s Atlantic Flamenco Festival. Maria previously danced as a soloist with the Berlin Ballet (Germany) and the National Ballet of Spain (Madrid). In 2015 Maria received the prestigious Established Artist Recognition Award from Arts Nova Scotia.


For more information, visit


Daniel MacNeil

Halifax, Nova Scotia


Daniel is a multi-discipline instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and educator based in Halifax with an extremely diverse background including flamenco, middle eastern, Indian, western classical, and many other styles of “world music”, with renowned musicians across the world.  He is the founder, and director of Halifax’s premiere Middle Eastern chamber ensemble Nafas, and is faculty at Dalhousie University.  Daniel has studied flamenco intensively with world class artists in Spain both at the renowned flamenco school of dance and music Amor De Dios, as well as privately.


As a composer, and performing guitarist, some achievements include composition, arranging, and performance with Symphony Orchestras in the flamenco genre, all with rave reveiws.  Daniel began working with Maria Osende upon her arrival in Halifax in 2005, and together they continually strive to create, and present new flamenco works.


For more info, visit


Kirsty Money

Halifax, Nova Scotia


Violinist Kirsty Money originates from Victoria BC and has studied and worked throughout Canada and the UK.  In 1999, she moved to Nova Scotia to take a first violin position with Symphony Nova Scotia  In addition to her orchestral work, she has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians, including composer and guitarist Scott MacMillan, Baroque and Folk musicians David Greenberg and Chris Norman, Shire Music film composer Asif Ilyas, and more recently with The Maria Osende Flamenco Company.


In addition to the modern violin, Kirsty plays baroque violin, as well as modern and baroque viola.  To add to this collection, in 2015/2016 she took a sabbatical from the Symphony to pursue study of the Nyckelharpa, a medieval keyed fiddle.  With financial support from Arts Nova Scotia and The Canada Council for the Arts, this endeavour has taken her to the US, the UK and Sweden. Her hope is to incorporate the nyckelharpa into the ensembles she works with, and share this unique instrument with Canadian audiences.