Veronica Maguire – Artistic Director

Photo credit: Zehra Rizvi

Dancer/choreographer, Veronica Maguire brings an extensive dance and theatre background to her artistic direction of Alma de España Flamenco Dance Company. A graduate from the Canadian College of Dance at Ryerson Polytechnical University, Toronto, Ontario, and former registered Ballet teacher of the Royal Academy of Dancing for over 25 years.

Veronica has dedicated her professional life to dance as a full time dance teacher, award-winning choreographer and performer. Her passion for Flamenco began in 1972 at York University in Toronto and soon after she was performing with local Toronto groups and flamenco companies such as Paula Moreno Flamenco Dance Co., Los Hispanicos, Los Canasteros ( Don Quijote Tablao), Esmeralda Enrique Co., Los Flamencos, and with flamenco guitarist Jose “Chuscales” Valle. Veronica continued to study with many of Spain’s finest flamenco artists who became permanent fixtures on the flamenco scene in Toronto during the 70′s and 80′s.

In 1985, Veronica teamed up with flamenco guitarist Harry Owen and in 1991, together they co-founded a successful School of Flamenco Dance in Victoria, B.C. as well as their own touring company, Alma de España Flamenco Dance Company. Performance highlights include collaborating as guest artist with the Victoria Symphony as well as producing, staging and performing in many major concerts throughout Western Canada.

In 1998, Veronica performed at the Dancers for Life Gala as guest artist in a performance that featured Karen Kain, Evelyn Hart, and Rex Harrington. In 1999, Veronica was co-recipient of a Canada Council grant for Professionals to pursue further studies in Spain.

During several trips to Spain, Veronica has had the opportunity to study with such artists as Javier Latorre, Angelita Gómez, Ana María Lopez, María Bermúdez, and singer José Rubichi in Jerez, and with Juana Amaya, Manolo Marin, El Güito, Isabel Bayón, and Rafael Campallo in Sevilla. Most recently she has taken intensive courses with Joaquín Grilo, Manolete, and Eva La Yerbabuena in Jerez de la Frontera.

In the year 2000, Veronica was nominated for the 6th Annual Women of Distinction Award in the Arts and Culture category in Victoria. In 2001, Veronica choreographed, staged and performed to a sold out performance in Victoria featuring artists from Canada and Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Later that year, Veronica and her husband Harry Owen performed in concert for the recording of their 1st CD “Alma de España’s FLAMENCO LIVE”.

Today, Veronica’s dedication and love of flamenco continues to captivate her audiences and inspire her students.