ballet and Spanish classical dance


Bailaora (flamenco dancer), María Juncal, was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. She was raised by a flamenco family—her great aunt is the famed flamenco master, Trini Borrull. The history of flamenco has only been documented over the past 200 years or so, and much of what we know of this art, the songs, the stories, the dance, has been passed down through family dynasties, like that of the Borrul. Juncal studied ballet and classic Spanish dance in Tenerife and then she moved to Madrid to study with the flamenco masters and legendary dance troupes, such as el Guito, Manolete, Ciro, Cristobal Reyes, Merche Esmeralda and La Tati. Her career took off soon after and she performed as a soloist in Los Angeles in both Pasion Pura by Joaquin Cortes and in Musa by Paco Peña in collaboration with actress and dancer, Debbie Allen. She danced in the opera Carmen in the Palacio of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Among her many awards are the Antonio Gades National Prize for Flamenco Dance (2004), Cordoba, Spain, the Premio Desplante from the International Festival of Song from Las Minas, Murcia, Spain (2006), and Best Flamenco Soloist in the Teatro Albeniz Choreography Competition for her performance in The Confinement of Anne Frank in Madrid, Spain. Juncal pursues a rigorous daily routine of study and practice and is highly sought after to give master classes.