"Martinez was electrifying in her raw fury and glorious joy."


 - The News Review, October 2013



A new work featuring choreography by award-winning artist, Fanny Ara, introducing music from celebrated artists Jose Cortes, Manuel Gutierrez, Andres Vadin, and Diego “El Negro” Alvarez and presenting American dancer, Mele Martinez, Luz celebrates mothers who live and work as artists.  

Friday, February 5th, 8pm  
Where: La Peña Cultural Center  
3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA  
Tickets: $25 

Saturday, February 6th, 8pm  
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz  
320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA  
Tickets: $25 

Sunday, February 7th, 7pm   
Where: Outpost Performance Space 
210 Yale Blvd. SE Albuquerque, NM 
Tickets: $20 

Tickets for Luz are available at the door and through advance purchase from our events page.

Recent Events:


The first of several events for Luz!!!! Though a tour will happen in early 2016 (info available on Hatchfund) a special event will happen in Tucson at 6 pm on TUESDAY, JAN. 5 at BreakOut Studios Art Lounge to: 1) CELEBRATE the close of our Hatchfund campaign, 2) PRESENT a “work-in-progress” showcase of Luz choreography, 3) PREMIERE Tucson’s first “Tertulia Flamenca” This event will be my way of sharing the work of Luz with the Tucson Community – through both presentation and conversation. And, there will be wine! Attend and celebrate with us! To contribute to this special project, please visit http://www.hatchfund.org/project/luz

A new Workshop Session starts October 24th!
Here are the details:

Saturdays 10/24 - 11/28 
Intermediate level: 1:30 - 2:30 pm 
Beginning level: 2:30 - 3:30 pm 
(No class will be held on 11/21) 

Beginning students must pre-register by Saturday, Oct. 24. Please email: mele@tucsonflamenco.com(or reply to this email) for registration.


Mele at Tucson Meet Yourself 2012.

Flamenco del Pueblo Viejo, directed by Mele and Jason Martinez, has received Tucson Meet Yourself's first ever Artistic Fellowship! This amazing opportunity for collaboration will help flamenco THRIVE in Tucson! Special guests will join FDPV at the 42nd Annual Tucson Meet Yourself Festival in downtown Tucson this October 9-11th.

I’m excited to announce a creative work that is straight from the heart!!! It is my great pleasure to introduce Luz: a flamenco project honoring mothers who live and work as artists. Luz has already been partly funded by Tucson Pima Arts Council and Arizona Commission on the Arts and with your contribution you will help take this flamenco show on tour to CA, AZ, and NM! In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting more on my Facebook page 
about the birth and development of this work and what has inspired the message of Luz. Click on the Hatchfund link to watch a quick video about the project.  Please contribute and make Luz happen in 2016!!! http://www.hatchfund.org/project/luz


Thank you to BlakTina - Tucson: a dance festival featuring Black and Latina/o choreographers!!!

Blaktina was held on Friday & Saturday, October 2 & 3 at ZUZI! Theater in The Historic Y 738 North 5th Ave. 

This cutting edge movement festival celebrated Black and Latina(o) choreographers. Thank you so much to Eva Tessler, Licia Perea and The Latina Dance Theater Project - for including flamenco in this amazing collaboration of artists from AZ, NM, CA, and beyond!!! It was a pleasure.

October 9 
Thank you Tucson Meet Yourself!!!! 
Thanks to a special Artist Fellowship, "Tablao Flamenco" was presented at the Global Rhythm stage in downtown Tucson on Friday October 9th!  Tucson Meet Yourself helped showcase the amazing ELENA OSUNA, FANNY ARA, MANUEL GUTIERREZ, DAVID PAEZ, MELE & JASON MARTINEZ!!!! Ole Tucson Meet Yourself!


Thank you students for participating in Flamenco Workshop with Fanny Ara! 
This opportunity to study with award-winning choreographer and dancer, Fanny Ara was well attended and Fanny was impressed with Tucson flamencas!!!!!.


Thank you also to Olivia Rojas, Angelina Ramirez, and Flamenco por la Vida for their presentation of this amazing artists at Crescent Ballroom 
on Oct 10th. This was an awesome show 
featuring: ELENA OSUNA, FANNY ARA, MANUEL GUTIERREZ, & DAVID PAEZ. Ole Phoenix flamencos!!!!!!!!!!!