Omayra Amaya

About Omayra
Omayra Amaya's legacy is one of a deep and proud gypsy flamenco tradition. The daughter of flamenco dancers Olga and Curro Amaya and grandniece the greatest Flamenco dancer who ever lived, Carmen Amaya.

Omayra first appeared on stage with her parent's company, often interrupting their performances. Her first choreographed role came at age twelve, when she performed as her father's partner. By the time Omayra was fifteen, she was touring and performing internationally with her parents and other dance companies.  Already a seasoned performer, Omayra sought to expand and enrich her art by studying other dance forms. She attended the Boston Conservatory where she received a BFA in Dance and Choreography. As a student, Omayra caught the attention of numerous choreographers and respected performers. She accepted invitations to perform with Ana Sokolow, Ann Marie Forsyth, and Jennifer Scanlon.

Omayra founded the Omayra Amaya Flamenco Dance Company, Inc.  She quickly made a name for herself at her company's premiere in 1994. Audience members and critics alike raved about the program which mixed modern Spanish and World Beat music with traditional Flamenco dance forms. The critics were quick to compare Omayra's style and presentation to that of her great-aunt's. Her electrifying presence, lightening fast footwork and non-traditional attire mirrored Carmen's revolutionary style and attitude.

As a faculty member of the Boston Conservatory, the Boston Ballet, Harvard University Dance Department and Walnut Hill Performing Arts School, Omayra also taught and operated her own dance academy. Omayra and her company performed a critically acclaimed nine-month run of Omayra y Flamenco at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Due to popular demand, the show was repeatedly extended. The show garnered national media attention and inspired a PBS documentary about Omayra and a film, Gypsy Heart, by Jocelyn Ajami. Omayra was also an integral part of the award winning documentary Queen of the Gypsies, the most comprehensive video portrait, to date, of Omayra’s
legendary great aunt, Carmen Amaya.

Omayra was also the inspiration for a Spanish documentary by Canal Plus. This documentary features the families of flamenco and was aired on April 26, 2000 in Spain. Omayra also filmed a documentary, Mi Abuelo, produced by TVE Cataluna. The film aired in Spain in October 2001.

In 2004 Omayra Amaya was invited to perform by the “Asociacion Gitana de Madrid” during a week of celebration of the Gypsy Culture of Spain in Madrid. In 2005 she was invited to perform at Festival Flamenco de Butarque de Leganes, Madrid. In 2004 Omayra Amaya works with Director and Choreographer Lynn Taylor Colbert on the off broadway project, Deep Song. 

In 2006-2007, Omayra Amaya was invited to work as one of the choreographers with Franco Dragone, Director, and Sarah Miles, Writer and Choreographer, in the Choreography for the Musical Carmen, which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse summer of 2007. Also in 2007, Omayra Amaya performs at The Lincoln Center Summer Arts Festival in Slow Dancing (World Premiere) Motion Portraits of Dancers – A Multi-Channel Video Instalation at Lincoln Center NYC. Conceived and Directed by David Michalek. 

Omayra Amaya performs a duet with Steve Martin in the Hollywood Film, The Pink Panther II, which premiered in January 2009.  In 2008, Omayra Amaya created “La Sobremesa” a show that transformed the traditional setting of flamenco. The show received various awards including a proclamation by The City of Miami declaring August 15 as The Omayra Amaya Day. 

In April 2013 Omayra Amaya collaborated with The New York Philarmonic, performing Manuel De Falla and Flamenco at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.  Soon after in May 2013, she featured a new series of “Jueves Flamenco” performances at The Players Theatre in New York City, where the show spanned over the summer season from May through July.  Most recently Omayra Amaya and Company graced the stage at the Shanghai Theater Center in December 2013, with critically acclaimed and sold out performances.

Omayra Amaya Flamenco Dance Company is currently based in New York City. Omayra cherishes her legacy and continues to push the boundaries of flamenco by creating a unique repertoire. 

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