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Based in Portland, Maine, Lindsey Bourassa is a contemporary flamenco dancer, choreographer, creative writer, and the founding-director of Bourassa Dance Studio of Portland, Maine, where she teaches Flamenco Arts. Lindsey is NEST eligible through the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). See her Creative Grounds profile here: Bourassa Dance
Lindsey received her BA in Cultural Dance Studies and Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2009, with a specialization in flamenco and salsa. Prior to this, she received her certification as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher from the Kripalu Institute in 2006. She completed her Certificate of Professionalization in Flamenco Arts in Sevilla, Spain in 2012 at El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla. She has dedicated herself to the study of flamenco since 2004, studying in Spain, France, Canada, and the United States with flamencos such as Miguel Vargas, Esperanza and Curro Fernandez, Carmen Ledesma, Francis Núñez Cabello, La Choni, Jorge Perez, Ursula Lopez and Soledad Cuesta among many others. She has performed and taught in both Spain and the United States.
Full Resume: Lindsey Bourassa
In her artistic work, Lindsey creates original dance pieces and performances that illustrate multifaceted storytelling through the unique blend of flamenco and contemporary dance, often woven together with creative prose. Lindsey strives to create conceptual, innovative dance works that honor dance as an empowering and expressive language. Lindsey co-founded and danced with Olas Music and Dance from 2009-2016. Olas released three albums, a film, three videos, and performed throughout New England. In 2015/2016 Lindsey performed with American flamenco guitarist and composer Gregoíre Pearce as part of the touring of his newest album Pluviophile. In July 2016, Lindsey performed in PORT Opera's Carmen at Portland's Merrill Auditorium. And in 2016, Lindsey was invited by the Maine Arts Commission to perform at MICA (Maine International Conference on the Arts). Lindsey is the recipient of the 2018 New England Dance Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts; 2017 Continuing Education Grant, New Ventures Maine; 2016 Project Grant, Maine Arts Commission; 2013 Visibility Grant, Maine Arts Commission; 2011 Good Idea Grant, Maine Arts Commission. Lindsey most recently completed work on a multimedia, contemporary-flamenco performance entitled El Lobo y La Paloma released on June 3rd, 2017 at South Portland Auditorium, Maine. Created by Lindsey Bourassa, El Lobo y La Paloma is a performance that explores the theme of loss and connection. Through all original flamenco dance, Arabic music and song, poetry, and projected imagery, El Lobo y La Paloma tells a story about the loss of a loved one and the mystical connections between physical and spiritual worlds. This work is inspired by the loss of Bourassa's own father in 2015 and extends its intention to include the universal experience of loss - that of losing a loved one, a homeland, a freedom, a right, an identity, an ability - and the reconstruction of our relationship with our lost being or object through the process of grief and healing. This project is in artistic collaboration with Canadian-Iranian painter Khosro Berahmandi, Arabic singer Talal Alzefiri, oud player Thomas Kovacevic, and flamenco dancer Megan Keogh, and with the participation of videographer Ali Mann, costume designer Molly Angie, and poet/translator Kifah Abdulla.
Illustration by Jeff McCreight