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Esencia Flamenca Limited has established January 2015 in Hong Kong by Mariko Drayton and Chloe Cheung, who have met and studied Spanish Dance together in Hong Kong. Their mission is to increase the level of flamenco knowledge and skill in Hong Kong, China and to introduce Spanish culture and authentic Flamenco dancing with Spanish artists. Esencia Flamenca provides regular classes, organizes flamenco dance workshops with Spanish artists 3 or 4 times a year, introduces Spanish artists in Hong Kong and China, and performs at shows.
Although Mariko is originally from Tokyo, Japan, she started to study flamenco in 1994 in Boston, US. She moved back to Tokyo in 1999. She continued to study flamenco with Antonio Alonso, a former principal dancer at Ballet Nacional de España. In 2010, she moved to Hong Kong and kept studying with many artists from Spain in addition to Clara Ramona in Hong Kong and performed in many occasions in Hong Kong. Now she is expanding her knowledge with learning from Spanish masters and teaching and performing in HK and Japan.
Chloe Cheung was born in SuZhou China and moved to Hong Kong in 1992. In 2003, she discovered flamenco. Chloe kept studying with many Spanish artists and Clara Ramona in Hong Kong. She has since performed in Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Shanghai and The Philippines, with private functions, expo, ferias, etc. She goes to Spain every year and has learnt from masters in historically rich cities such as Madrid, Seville, Cadiz, Granada etc… and attends many intensive masters workshops in Hong Kong, Japan and Shanghai. Now she is expanding Esencia Flamenca in Suzhou and teaching and performing to promote Spanish beautiful art flamenco in China.
In 2016, Esencia Flamenca presents the inauguration performance ” La Partida~Departure~” in Tokyo and Hong Kong with artists from Spain, Adrian Santana (director , choreographer,dancer), EVA La Lebri ( Singer),Trini de la Isla(Singer), Yeray Cortes(guitarist).