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.
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).
Although Mariko is originally from Tokyo, Japan, she started to study flamenco in 1994 in Boston, US with Omayra Amaya, and her first exposure to real flamenco life was her role as house manager for Omayra’s show, which lasted 8 months. That gave her the opportunity to meet a host of artists from Spain. From that point Mariko was captivated by the magical art of flamenco, and the rest as they say, is history!
She moved back to Tokyo in 1999. She continued to study flamenco with Antonio Alonso, a former principal dancer at Ballet Nacional de España. Even though she has a busy family with 3 young children, Mariko managed to perform many shows as a member of the Antonio Alonso Dance Company in Japan. These included productions of Carmen, together with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at Opera City in Tokyo (which was broadcast on Japanese television!), and with the Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra in Okayama.
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 such as Concha Jareño, Adrián Santana, Juan Polvillo, Pilar Ortega, Alicia Marques, Isaac de Los Reyes, Nino de Los Reyes, Alfonso Losa, Jesus Carmona, Guadalupe Torres 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.
弗拉明戈吉他 / Antonio Rey
“当今最伟大的吉他手 ”- Paco de Lucia 佛拉明戈史上最伟大的吉他手。
Antonio Rey Navas（出生于1981 年）是佛拉明戈吉他手和作曲家。
Antonio Rey Navas 1981年出生于马德里，在10岁开始与他的父亲Tony Rey 在墨西哥不同的tablao开始他的演出生涯，几年后，与舞者Yoko Komatsubara合作在日本首场演出。在他18岁时，他为Antonio Canales舞团演出之后为Gallo de pelea 在Nuevo Ballet Espa?ol (新西班牙芭蕾舞团）创作歌曲。Rey 为Antonio Canales舞团在1996 与Angel Rojas和Carlos Rodriguez 合作作曲了其他作品例如“Romeo and Juliet”等。随后他继续与众多歌者和舞者例如：Manuela Carrasco，Rafael Amargo，Farruquito ，Rafael de Utrera ，La Tana 等合作无间。
-2003年，他与歌唱家合作获得了 Festival de Cantes de Mina de la Union competition in Murcia的一等奖。
-2010年，获得了Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco of Cordoba一等奖
也获得Concuso Nacional de Guitarra Flamenco ni?o Ricardo, the premio del Certamen Nacional de Guitarra Flamenco de L " Hospitalet de Llobrega(全国“ Hospitalet de Llobregat吉他比赛）和在Jerez 举行的国际佛拉明戈吉他比赛Concurso international de Guitarra Flamenco 中获得一等荣誉。
弗拉明戈歌者/ Bernardo Miranda Luna
Bernardo Miranda Luna，佛拉明戈歌唱家，1988年出生于西班牙安达鲁西亚省的Cordoba。
近来他已经完成了在Sevilla著名学府Conservatory Cristobal de Morales的学业，经常在著名佛拉明戈表演地 Los Gallos 和 Casa la Memoria献唱。