Biography



Flamenco dancer notable for her knowledge of flamenco music and cante, strong sense of rhythm, expression, elegance and high level of physical and multidisciplinary abilities.

Born into an international flamenco family. Her father, Paco Benamargo, guitarist and agent at "Flamenco de Hoy" and her mother, the northamerican, Esmeralda Ortega, classical dancer; instilled in her the love for Flamenco, music and dance.

Rebeca starts her formation at the "Carmen Amaya Flamenco cultural academy" in Madrid, with her first maestra, Dolores Jiménez, with whom she acquired her first notions of Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance and Ballet.

Her training continues at the world renowned "Centro de Arte Flamenco y Danza Española Amor de Dios" in Madrid, and later at "Escuela Mayor de Danza" in Madrid and at Úrsula and Tamara López "Flamenco Danza" school in Seville. Her most influential masters are La Tati, Merche Esmeralda, El Güito, Carmela Greco, Javier Latorre, Belén Fernández, La Truco, Alejandro Granados and Miguel Cañas among others.

At the age of 19 years old, she starts her professional career. For 4 years she lives, performs and teaches the art of flamenco in the UK while completing her university studies, which leads her to create, direct and choreograph the “Nottingham Flamenquitas” group, as well as collaborate in different dance styles.

Her dance comprises a vast repertoire including dance istruments: bata de cola, mantón, bastón and castagnets, and personal fusion skills with circus and theatre.

As part of the flamenco company “Teatro Flamenco La Tati”, Rebeca performes in the production "A mi manera" under the direction of the internationally celebrated flamenco dancer and choreographer, La Tati, at Madrid's Conde Duque Theatre.

Also highlites her role as the soloist flamenco dancer in the company of the embassador international travelling flamenco guitarist, Ricardo García at the C-venue Theatres as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She was part of three productions: "Flamenco Global Connect", which received prestigious reviews; "Flamenco Escocia", and "Flamenco for Kids" which was announced and televised as one of the three best kids shows of this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

She stands out in VendersKulturCentret, Copenhaguen, Denmark, in a duo with the circus artist Villads Bugge Bang, performing an original piece that plays with flamenco dance, body percussion, circus and physical theatre.

Recently, she has performed at the renoknw sevillian tablao Los Gallos. Currently she lives in Sevilla, but travels to give performances, conferences; and deliver intensive courses and workshops in the UK; France and Denmark.

"... she is the imperious, dancing focal point, her steps beating furious, intricate tattoos under a long train that she swishes, lifts and manoeuvres with marvellous dexterity and no little significance. ..." - The Herald newspaper. 11th August 2016.

Rebeca Ortega Flamenco