Milagros Mengíbar. Born in Seville, 1952. A disciple of Matilde Coral, Milagros won a prize in the “Concurso Nacional de Córdoba" (1974). Milagros is one of the most prestigious dancers in the country. She has also won a “Premio de la Critica” (1995) as well as a “Compas del Cante” of the Fundación Cruzcampo (2005). She has performed at the main flamenco festivals in Spain as well as having performed in three continents. She taught flamenco in Japan for one year. Many of her students have been successful at the “Concurso Nacional de Córdoba, Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla” or at the “Concurso de La Unión”. She is considered the contemporary authority of “bata de cola” in the Escuela Sevillana style as well as an artist of exquisite refinement. Milagros has been teaching at the Fundación Cristina Heeren and her main focus has been teaching Choreography for Bata de Cola.

Daniel Navarro 'Niño de Pura'. Born in Sevilla, 1966. His first teachers were Manuel Lozano y Manolo Carmona. At the age of 12 he became a disciple of Manolo Sanlúcar. Manolo helped to perfect his technique as well as give him guidance in his career. He won the “Guitarra de la Bienal de Arte Flamenco de Sevilla” (1984), as well as “Premio de la Cátedra de Flamenología de Jerez de la Frontera” (1984), a “Bordón Minero” prize at the “Concurso Nacional del Cante de la Minas de la Unión” (Murcia) and a “Giraldillo de la Guitarra” (1990). Daniel has accompanied many known figures in the Flamenco world and has recorded four CDs “Capricho de Bohemias” (1986), “Caliente” (1992), “Maquida” (1996) and “Pozo y Caudal” (2002). “Niño de Pura” is an exceptional and unique artist. He teaches at the Conservatory in Córdoba and since 1999 teaches “Técnica de la Guitarra Flamenca” at the Fundación Cristina Heeren.

Pedro Sierra. Born in 1966, Barcelona. In Catalonia, Pedro already stood out as an excellent accompanying guitarist. In the mid 1980’s he came to Seville and became the accompanying guitarist to singers like Carmen Linares, Maria Vargas, Potito, La Tobala and La Susi. However, accompanying dancers is where he has gained the most notoriety. He has composed the music for the choreography of dancers such as Farruco, Mario Maya, Manuel Soler, Israel Galván, and Javier Barón, Cristina Hoyos and Manuela Carrasco. He is the composer of three CDs “Decisión” (2001), “Nikelao” (2005) and “El Toque Flamenco” (2011). He has produced many artists as well. Pedro has taught “Guitarra de Acompañamiento al Baile” at the Fundación Cristina Heeren since 2007.

Dancer and choreographer Javier Barón was born in Alcalá de Guadaira, near Seville, in 1963, as a child he showed interest in Flamenco. Maestro Pepe Pinto was the first to introduce him to the art of Flamenco dance, in Seville. Javier then moved to Madrid where he started his life as a professional, joining important dance companies like that of Luisillo, Ciro, and Rafael Aguilar. As a member of the National Ballet of Spain he performed under the direction of Antonio Ruiz Soler and María de Avila, working with Manuel Morao and Manuel Soler. Then, with his own company he toured internationally with his shows 'El Pájaro Negro', 'Baile de Hierro', 'Baile de Bronce', 'Dime', 'Notas de Pie' and 'Dos Voces para un Baile', among others. In his spare time he has worked as a dedicated teacher, which is what he does at the Fundación de Arte Flamenco, where he teaches Flamenco dance technique to students of advanced and intermediate levels.

Paco Cortés. Born in 1957, Granada. Paco began his career in the tablaos of Sacromonte. At the age of 14 he was discovered by choreographer, Mario Maya who included Paco in his company as guitarist. Paco habitually works with Diego Clavel, Rancapino, Carmen Linares y Enrique Morente, as they have an appreciation for his classic toque, his sense of “compás” as well as his special personality when accompanying “cantes libres”. Paco moved to Seville in 2007 and has been teaching Guitarra de Acompañamiento al Cante (Acompaniment to Singing) at the Fundación Cristina Heeren since then.

Luisa Palicio. Born 1984, Estepona (Málaga). Luisa has been a disciple of Milagros Mengíbar since the age of 13. In 2002 she received a scholarship from the Fundación Cristina Heeren. Here she studies with Milagros Mengíbar, Carmen Ledesma, Úrsula López, Rafael Campallo, José Galván y Ángeles Gabaldón, and  María de los Angeles Gabaldón, amongst others. Luisa was “Artista Revelación” of the XIV Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla (2006). Her dancing has been characterized by her loyalty to the Escuela Sevillana style and the bata de cola. Luisa has been a dance teacher at the Fundación since 2007.

Pedro Sánchez (Seville, 1974). His father, Naranjito de Triana, one of the most prestigious flamenco singers, convinced Pedro to study the guitar and passed on to his son his vast knowledge of flamenco. He made his stage debut at the Teatro de la Maestranza, in Seville, in 1996 during an evening, which the ninth Bienal de Flamenco dedicated to his father. His maestros were great guitarists such as Manolo Franco and Rafael Riqueni. He has accompanied important singers and dancers such as José el de La Tomasa, Pastora Galván, Jeromo Segura, Rocío Bazán, Virginia Gámez, Luisa Palicio or Antonio Molina 'El Choro' in many Andalusian and international festivals and he has been a finalist of the National Contest of Flamenco in Cordoba (2004). Since 1999, he is Flamenco Guitar Technique and Singing Accompaniment professor in the Fundación Cristina Heeren. He combines an impeccable technique with an exquisite musical intuition, which allows him to enrich classical flamenco music with the new harmonies and melodies.

Lidia Montero. Born in 1987, Villaverde del Río (Seville). At the age of 14 she started studying at the Fundación Cristina Heeren where she studied with José de la Tomasa, Calixto Sánchez, Esperanza Fernández, Laura Vital y Paco Taranto. For three years she studied under a scholarship, later she became a teacher’s assistant. After that she started to teach classes to children here at the foundation. Lidia has won the prestigous “Premio de Jóvenes del Festival de Mairena”. Despite her youth she is one of the most sought after “saeteras” (singers of saetas in Seville). Lidia has been teaching singing in the annual course since 2009. 

Rosa Navarro was born in Málaga in 1981. She studied singing as well as the guitar at the Conservatorio of Seville, after which she received a scholarship from the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco as a result of her outstanding performance at the "Malagueña" singing contest organised by the Fundación. In her first nine years at our school, she went from being a student with Naranjito de Triana, Calixto Sánchez, José el de la Tomasa, Esperanza Fernández, and Manolo Soler, to practising accompaniment singing in the dance classes. Now she is teaching singing as accompaniment to dance at the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco. Rosa "La Divi" is an extremely gifted and versatile singer, both as a solo artist and as accompaniment singer, who has worked on stages all over the world. 

Patricia Lozano was born in Madrid, in 1980. She is a dancer, a guitar-player, and a singer, having studied the guitar at the Conservatorio of Murcia, Singing in the Conservatorio of Seville, and dance and guitar at the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco. The experience which she has thus accumulated makes her a very competent teacher. Patri has created a subject called Flamenco Communication as well as another class, Dance Resources. She also teaches the Accompaniment Workshop, a subject vital to the Basic Level students.

Pepa Sánchez (Seville, 1973). Pepa holds a degree in Ciencias de la Información from the  Universidad de Sevilla and a  Master of Arts in Lengua y Literatura Hispánicas at the State University of New York, specializing in Historia del Flamenco. She has worked as a writer at for the Andalusian television and she's the author of the essay “Cantes y cantaores de Triana" (2004), awarded with the Premio de Ensayo de la XIII Bienal de Sevilla. She has taught the music theory classes at the Fundación Cristina Heeren since the year 2000, where she was Head of Studies from 2004 to 2008.  

María José Lama was born in Seville in 1952. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, specialised in Clinical Psychology, to which she added the study of Vocal Therapy. In 1998 she started to work on the peculiarities of the voice of Flamenco singers, first with singer Calixto Sánchez, and later at the school of the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco. Her technique for training Flamenco voices is the first of its kind and is now the object of research at the Psychology Departments of Granada and Almería. Maria José has worked with all of the singing students who have gone through the academic programme of the school, where she continues to teach Flamenco Voice Technique. At the moment María José is investigating the morphology of the vocal apparatus at the Instituto de Biomedicina of Seville.
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