Furia Flamenca, led by artistic director Estela Velez de Paredez, is an award-winning dance company that brings the ferocity and passion of flamenco to the stage and transports audiences to Southern Spain in technically refined, emotionally explosive, and dynamically choreographed dancing. Their unique style combines the traditional gypsy with the more modern flamenco to create the perfect balance. They are proud to be the most sought-after flamenco dance company in the DC-Metro area having performed in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals throughout the DC-Metro area.
Estela Vélez de Paredez
Estela Vélez de Paredez was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She trained intensively with Maestro Antonio Santaella of Granada, Spain to whom she owes her development as a flamenco artist, and with other renowned flamenco masters such as Carmen La Talegona, David Coria, La Farruca, Rocio Molina, Mercedes Amaya, Joaquín Grilo, Pastora Galván, Israel Galván, Belén Fernández, Alejandro Granados, Adrian Santana, and Miguel Vargas, to name a few. Her dance training also includes ballet, jazz, tap, and belly dance. As a performer, she is one of the most recognized names in flamenco in the Washington, DC Metro area. Critics have recognized her for her style and strong delivery describing her as "a stunning performer with a gaze that enraptured" and noting "she delivered a strong, graceful performance." She has performed at many venues throughout the area, including the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and Terrace Theater, the Lincoln Theatre, Harmon Hall, National Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Wolf Trap, Jack Guidone Theater, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Dance Place, Publick Playhouse, Roundhouse Theater, and Alden Theatre, and many more. Most recently, in December 2021, she was invited to perform at the 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors as a principal dancer in the Carmen tribute to Honoree Justino Diaz. Overseas, she was invited in 2001 to perform with Ballet Flamenco Antonio Santaella in the production of Julia en Flamenco at El Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In August 2011, she was a principal dancer in the production Ida y Vuelta: De Donde Vienes Mestizo at the Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío in Managua, Nicaragua. She has also performed at tablaos locally and in Puerto Rico. In 2003, she founded, Furia Flamenca Dance Company. Her productions include the five-finalist nomination and 2009 two-time Metro DC Dance Award winning production Lorca: Flamenco Poetry; Soul Encounters: Flamenco Meets Jazz; Recordando La Alhambra; Flamenco to the MAX!; Amalgamas; Flamenco, Passion and Soul, Flamenco y Más; and, Ritmos Españoles. Her choreographies are recognized as some of the best in the area having been selected for some of the area’s most prestigious choreographer’s showcases including Dance Bethesda, World Dance Showcase, VelocityDC, ARTSCAPE and Dance Place’s New Releases Choreographer’s Showcase. She is a recurring guest choreographer with Teatro Lirico DC. Currently, she is faculty at Séber Method Academy and teaches in Fairfax, VA. She was faculty at the Joy of Motion Dance Center for 19 years. She has taught at Summer Intensive programs including for the Metropolitan School of the Arts, Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC and BalletNova. She regularly teaches master classes throughout the DC Metro area and regularly offers lectures on the history and background on the art of flamencoShe served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Dance Metro DC (2014-2017) and is a Founding Board Member of TorcuArt, a non-profit organization established in 2020 with a focus on the preservation and promotion of Flamenco and Spanish guitar and associated disciplines and the dissemination of the legacy of Maestro Torcuato Zamora.
Performances and Productions
Whatever your needs are, we have a wide variety of offerings for a memorable theater experience or to bring something special to your event. Our performances range from a couple of dancers with a musician to up to fourteen dancers and nine musicians. We will work with you to make your event memorable!
We have an extensive performance portfolio with close to 20 years of performance experience around the D.C. Metro area and beyond. Performances range from small intimate venues to large venues. We specialize in theatrical dance performances/productions. In addition, we routinely perform at local dance festivals, choreographer's showcases, restaurants, and private and corporate events. We have a strong focus on education with a wide offering of lecture demonstrations for area schools and theaters, master classes in dance as well as presentations/lectures on the history of flamenco.