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The top three dancers to watch at this year's Flamenco Festival Miami

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Photograph: Courtesy the Esplanade Co Ltd/Yi-Chun Wu

This March, Spain's most prolific dancers will descend on the Magic City for the 10th annual Flamenco Festival Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Expect moving performances, dramatic costumes and some very fancy footwork—especially from these three world-class legends.

Juana Amaya

This powerful, charismatic gypsy dancer of flamenco puro—the traditional, unadulterated “pure” style of the dance—hails from the Gastor clan of flamenco gypsies, in southern Seville. There, she is considered a legend, and Miamians are about to find out why. At the Arsht, she’s backed by dancers Olga Pericet, Jesús Carmona and young gun Patricia Guerrero in a show called—appropriately—Stars of Flamenco (March 2). 

Olga Pericet

Less traditional but equally celebrated, Pericet is a tiny dynamo known for her highly technical and precise style—and some killer, dramatic costumes. For her solo program, Pisadas (March 4), she is accompanied by her own group of singers and musicians, not to mention a special treat for flamenco fans: Seville dancer Juan Carlos Lérida, who’s loved by dance fans the world over for splicing that puro style with contemporary flair.

Jesús Carmona

Carmona’s latest program to hit Miami—his first since he debuted here in 2014—is titled Ímpetus (“bursting with energy”) (March 5), and the name fits. The onetime child prodigy (he started dancing at age 7) hits the stage with some 11 dancers and musicians for this intense and emotional performance.

Flamenco Festival Miami is at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Mar 2–5.

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