“Scannura is developing her own hybrid, and she is truly a representative of Canadian dance in that respect. Her dancing and choreography expresses a country of immigrants where many styles collide together to take dance into New World territory.” – Paula Citron, Globe and Mail

Anjelica Scannura is Co-Artistic Director of Ritmo Flamenco is proud to be a newly elected board member of Dance Ontario. A dancer since she was very young, she began her dance training at Canada’s National Ballet School. Anjelica’s main love is flamenco although she is an accomplished and versatile dancer, having studied many forms of dance throughout her life. Her parents, Roger and Valeria Scannura are founders of the Ritmo Flamenco dance school and company, which was formed in 1996. With Ritmo Flamenco, she has had the privilege to dance festivals in Canada, the US, Malta and Mexico in venues such as Massey Hall, Roy Thompson Hall (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Pops Goes Vegas!), the Fleck Dance Theater, among others. She frequently travels to Spain to study in Jerez de la Frontera & Madrid with Mercedes Ruiz, Belen Maya, and Marcos Flores who are innovators of the art form. While in Madrid last year, she performed at the illustrious flamenco tablao “El Cardamomo”.

As an artist uses a paint brush; Anjelica uses different forms of dance and blends them into one. Paula Citron from the Globe and Mail stated, “The 23-year-old is so impressive as a dancer that she has been asked to join prestigious flamenco companies in Spain, she is a wild child of dance whose fusion performances radiate a passion that belies her age.”

Anjelica is a recipient of the Paula Citron “Fresh Blood” Award for her acclaimed new work “After the Fall” which was premiered in Fresh Blood 2012 at the Enwave Theatre. Click here to read the full review by Paula Citron!

Her solo works have generated excitement and approval from critics and presenters for her unique brand of flamenco fusion. She also received the Chalmers Professional Development Grant to pursue her studies in flamenco at the renowned Amor de Dios Studios in Madrid Spain. Anjelica’s new choreography for the Ritmo Flamenco Dance Company EVOLUCION was performed to sold-out houses at the Al Green Theater in 2012 and she is presently working on new choreography for Ritmo Flamenco’s 2013 season.

Anjelica is a patient and dedicated teacher and leads many of the flamenco courses at the School of Ritmo Flamenco. Besides teaching at Ritmo, she has taught workshops in flamenco and middle-eastern dance at McMaster University, York University, Cawthra Secondary School, the Quinte Ballet School of Canada and CAMH among others.