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Known for her graceful arm movements and crisp, clean footwork, Megan Matheson Hamilton (La Azulita) is fast becoming one of Atlantic Canada’s most acclaimed flamenco artists. She grew up in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia singing in her musical family and performing the province. While attending Dalhousie University, Megan discovered flamenco and began studying under Evelyne Benais of El Viento Flamenco. After completing her degree in neuroscience she shifted her focus and headed to Spain where she studied under some of that country’s finest artists in the genre. In 2005, she joined El Viento and, in 2009 she was the recipient of the Dianne Moore Scholarship recognizing her work with renowned flamenco dancer Rafael de Carmen.

Megan founded her own company, Compañía Azul in 2010. She has since performed across Canada including collaborations with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Victoria Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Most recently performed at the Calgary Flamenco Festival, opening for the great Olga Pericet. In 2018 she will perform with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Megan continues to train and work on her craft while exploring innovative collaborations.

“…(Megan Matheson, ­ La Azulita) is nubile and sexy. She can cut the footwork.” The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Maria Osende started dancing at age seven with Luis Fuente, Julia Estevez and Jose Granero, and grew up strongly influenced by ballet and flamenco.  At seventeen she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship which allowed her to deepen her ballet studies at the renowned School of American Ballet in New York City.

Ms. Osende danced professionally with the Compañia Nacional de Danza in Spain and the Berlin Ballet in Germany, where she was soon promoted to a soloist, and worked with several choreographers, performing a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. Throughout this time, she developed an interest in creation and sought artistic freedom on stage, which inevitably brought her back to flamenco.

Back in Madrid, Ms. Osende focused exclusively on flamenco at the renowned Centro de Arte Flamenco Amor de Dios. Shortly after, she began choreographing and performing.

Since moving to Canada, she has established Halifax as an international flamenco hotspot.  Now recognized as one of Canada’s leading flamenco artists, she has created numerous flamenco shows for her company and toured across Canada, obtaining rave reviews from critics and audience alike. Moving comfortably between tradition and innovation, Ms. Osende also engages in projects involving other dance forms, architecture, technology and various music genres.

“With the Maria Osende Flamenco Co. art illuminates and ennobles a dark world…Maria Osende is spellbinding as she takes flamenco dance to a high art form.” The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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