~This CD is dedicated to Barthelene, my mom, who took me to my first dance class when I was 3 years old, and supported my love for Flamenco and Spanish dance!~
"My most cherished dancer."- José Greco - Spanish dance legend ~
"I fulfilled a life long dream by trying a flamenco dance class. The teacher, JoDe Romano, was just wonderful. What fun!"- Cynthia Gregory, ABT Prima Ballerina ~
"Since I first began studying with JoDe Romano over 10 years ago, I have not found anyone who has not only the fire, passion, flair and love for flamenco, but also the ability to teach the steps simply and effectively the way JoDe does. She breaks down complicated rhythms in a way that students from all backgrounds and countries can get the basic concepts easily, freeing us up to enjoy dancing rather than struggling to figure out the steps. I feel I've improved after every class. - Sylvia Roldán Dohi, Broadway dancer & musical theater dance captain ~
"Since beginning my Flamenco studies with JoDe two years ago, my life has been enriched in countless ways. JoDe and I collaborated on writing and implementing an interdisciplinary approach to teaching Flamenco to children in K-12 settings, called 'Flamenco Ole!" We taught our approach to 5th grade dance students in Queens, and to dance educators during a January intensive at the 92nd Street Y's Dance Education Laboratory. Many of these educators went on to implement the interdisciplinary approach to teaching Flamenco in their own schools. JoDe also guested at Hunter College, in an introductory dance course where we explored Flamenco flirting techniques with the students, using the Language of the Fans. JoDe has a passion for teaching and for Flamenco that is contagious and unparalleled. JoDe Romano - La Chispa - is truly the "spark" who has ignited the flames of Flamenco knowledge in me and my students." -Kathleen Isaac, Director, Arnhold Dance Education Programs, Hunter College ~
"Having studied Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain I can tell you that JoDe is the real deal. Her expertise and knowledge of Flamenco combined with her outgoing and nurturing persona makes her an excellent teacher. Whether you are a beginner or advanced dancer JoDe will have you enjoying the Art of Flamenco in your very first class. Olé!" - Andrew Jannetti, NYC Dancer, Choreographer and Dance Educator ~
For more than 20 years JoDe Romano lived, studied and performed Spanish dance in Spain and was a soloist and
choreographer for the Jose Greco Dance Company. She has appeared as a feature dancer in the Houston Grand Opera production of Carmen, as well as in Franco Zeferelli's original production of Carmen at New York's Metropolitan Opera before former President and Mrs. Clinton. Starring Placido Domingo, this version of Bizet’s classic was broadcast on the PBS series “Live from Lincoln Center” and toured Japan.
JoDe's professional credits include her choreography of the Broadway Workshop production of Rita Hayworth--Hollywood Goddess. She has also taught workshops at the Alvin Ailey Studio, Ballet Hispanico, and Studio Maestro in NYC and has choreographed numerous Zarzuelas (traditional Spanish operas) at NY's Thalia Theater.
Currently, JoDe conducts Spanish dance and castanet classes at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center. A graduate of the 92Y Harkness Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program, where JoDe co-developed and taught a DEL workshop, she was recently a guest teacher at NYC's Hunter College. JoDe teaches at Studio Maestro and Steps on Broadway in NYC and taught a class on the Dr. Oz show.
JoDe is available for performances, lecture demonstrations and workshops, and has completed a series of instructional DVDs on castanet and movement techniques.
For more information, please visit JoDe's website at
Felix Ventouras, born in New York City but raised in Dallas Texas, has had his music performed at the Meyerson Symphony Center, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and Mercyhurst College. His music has been premiered at the Music Festival of the Hamptons, National Arts Club, Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center, and Joyce SoHo, and in August of 2008 a piece he helped compose and arrange for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team was played during the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
As a dance accompanist, he has played for the Dallas Black Dance Theater, Morris Dance Center, UNC School of the Arts Dance Department, Ballet Adriatico in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, School at Jacob's Pillow, Los Angeles Ballet, California Dance Institute, National Dance Institute, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Princeton Dance Department, and Manhattan Youth Ballet.
In October 2009, his first full-length ballet Dracula was premiered in Belcourt Castle of Newport Rhode Island, by the Island Moving Co and in May 2010, his ballet Cinderella was premiered in Palos Verdes CA by the Peninsula School of Performing Arts. In October 2011, he collaborated with Janusphere Dance Company on Stages, performed at the Ellen Stewart Theater. In December 2011, he collaborated with Moscow based sculptor and performance artist, Andrey Bartenev on a new production of Chekov’s Three Sisters. He holds a B.A. from UNC School of the Arts and currently resides in NYC.
RECORDED: February 26, 2012 and July 11, 2012, New York City
RECORDING ENGINEER: Sean Swinney, Sean Swinney Recording
PHOTOGRAPHY: JoDe Romano