Ballet Flamenco is recognized as one of the top Flamenco & Spanish Dance Company's in the America's. The uniqueness of the company emanates from the combination of Flamenco & Spanish dance presented on stage by Artistic Director, Carolina Lugo. Her artistic vision which brings top international Flamenco artists from Spain and abroad to grace the stage with her and her company, interweaves the extraordinary talents of these artists with melodic palates of musical virtuosity and colorful step design with the clever staging of dancers and musicians interlacing rhythms with one another to create a colorful canvas of artists on stage.

Carolina & Carolé bring their polished, passionate, and fiery traditions of Spain to San Francisco Bay Area with an international cast of Spanish dancers and musicians.

Our non-profit organization

The Company is a non-profit organization chartered to share the rich traditions of dance, music, literature and culture of Spain with all communities, and to be a center, which encourages new artistic creativity within the framework of the Iberian-Hispano experience. The Company represents a diversity of cultures from around the globe, appearing in a broad spectrum of creative mediums, including, television, dinner theater, cabaret venues, opera and symphonic formats.

"The dance scene has seen a rebirth of the influence of Flamenco & Spanish dance. The excitement is very present in Ballet Flamenco." Contra Costa Times veteran dance critic, Marilyn Tucker said, "Lugo who earned her Spanish Dance stripes early on with veteran performer Lola Montes, proves herself adapt in choreographing story dances based on the traditions of classical court dances... pure dance poetry."

America has a long tradition of Spanish Dance performances with orchestrations. Drawing on Flamenco, Classical Ballet, Regional and School dance roots. Neo-classical Spanish dance developed through the genius of the Argentine-born Spanish dancer, La Argentina, who was the first to dance to the music of leading Spanish composers, such as Isaac Albeniz and Manuel de Falla. Antonio Triana was La Argentina's dance partner and collaborator and later mentor and dance partner for Lola Montes who passed on the legacy of these traditions to Carolina Lugo.

Ballet Flamenco has averaged more than 30 performances per year over the last seventeen years with an annual home concert season in San Francisco. The company has been presented in concert at the Fox Theater, Redwood City, Flint Center, Cupertino, San Mateo Performing Arts Center, Pioneer Center, Reno, Nevada, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, Eureka Theater, San Francisco, Village Theater, Danville, Marin Center, San Rafael, Mendocino Music Festival, Lesher Performing Arts Center, Walnut Creek, the Varsity Theater, Davis, Wente Winery, Livermore and the Memorial Auditorium , Sacramento.

In 1999, Carolina & Carolé were featured guest artist along with her Company and performed with the Eagles at Stars to The Rescue concert for Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation and in 2001 with Michael Bolton at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. The Company performs in night clubs, dinner theater formats throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and on the West Coast. The company frequently performs at corporate and fundraising events for such organizations as the Peninsula Symphony, The American Cancer Society, California Symphony, Leukemia Society, Lawrence Livermore Lab, Camillia Symphony, National Association of Realtors, UC Davis Retirement Alumni Association and many others.


Carolina & Carolé have received a great deal of recognition over the last sixteen years. Since 2000, they have been recognized for their creative talents and has received multiple creative works awards for her choreographic pieces and community outreach from the California Arts Council, Diablo Regional Arts Association, Zellerbach Family Foundation Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation, the Town of Danville, California Alliance For Traditional Arts , Thomas Longs Foundation and Fort Mason Foundation.

To learn more about sponsorship, become a sponsor or make a tax deductible contribution, please contact Carolina Lugo or Richard Tonkin, Executive Director at 510-504-4448 or

Annual International Artist in Residence Program. In 1998, the company established it's Annual International Artist in Residence Program for a month of performances and workshops to provide professional development for the company, enrichment for our students and to the Bay Area Flamenco community. During the first two years, the company brought dancer Manuel Betanzos from Spain, 2000 & 2001 dancer, Marco Salcedo from Mexico City, 2002 dancer, Concha Vargas from Seville, Spain, 2003 , singer-dancer Jesus Montóya from Seville, 2004 Master Teacher and International Flamenco Artist, Antonio Vargas (featured artist in the film "Strictly Ballroom" and "Mission Impossible II"), Master Teacher & International Flamenco Artist, Pepa Montes from Seville in 2005 and in 2007 dancer, Jesus Herrera from Seville and guitarist, Ricardo Garcia from Cadiz, Spain

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