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Flamenco! "The incisive movements of Flamenco express the struggle between life and death, between the human and the beast within, which is the essense of Flamenco. Sweeping in circles and diagonals across the floor, poised at the edge of control and emotion, the dancer begins to grasp the irresistable, almost primordial, essence of this highly kinetic, smoldering style of movement." --Susana Robledo.

Cincinnati Flamenco Talk

playing Flamenco guitarBrent Del Bianco, quite possibly the most talented flamenco guitar player in the mid-west, lives in Louisville, Kentucky and has performed in Cincinnati. Brent Del Bianco began playing guitar at the age of 10. He has studied and performed a large variety of styles during the past twenty years, including blues, flamenco, bluegrass, jazz, and classical guitar. His work as both a soloist and an accompanist shows his committment to Flamenco. He studied with the great "Chuscales" as well as Alfonso Veneno, Rene Heredia, Santiago Aguilar, and many others, and has attended master classes with Pedro Sierra. Since 2004, Brent has attended the National Institute of Flamenco's annual summer events in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he accompanied classes for the International Flamenco Festival 2007. He is in demand as an accompanist throughout the midwest and especially in the Louisville Kentucky area.

flamenco guitar playerAt left, Brent accompanies Diana Dinacola, noted Flamenco dancer from Louisville, during a Flamenco workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Diana Dinicola

Co-Founder, Flamenco Louisville


Diana recently received her diploma for the advanced level intensive training program at the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain where she studied for 5 weeks with Rafael Campallo, Milagros Menjibar, Carmen Ledesma and Maribel Ramos La Zambra. While based in Sevilla, she was able to experience a large quantity and wide variety of flamenco performances in Jerez and Sevilla including the famed venues ofLa Carboneria, Los Gallos and Casa de la Memoria. She has also studied at the National Flamenco Institute (1993, 1994, 1995) with Maria Pages, Pastora Galvan, Mercedes Amaya, Rosario Toledo, Marija Temo, Antonio Hidalgo, El Tati and others. She received additional flamenco training in New York and San Francisco. Diana Dinicola has danced since childhood, training in ballet, jazz and tap with the Margaret Leiber School, the Giordano Dance Center, School of the Atlanta Ballet, School of the Louisville Ballet and others.

Diana also trained as a theatre major at Northwestern University where she received a BS in Communications and her teaching certification. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Kentucky Center for the Arts' ongoing Artist Educator Seminars, the prototype for a national model preparing artists as in-school educators. Diana is a veteran arts administrator and holds an MBA from Emory University. She has taught Flamenco workshops in Cincinnati, Ohio.