Who We Are

VIDA FLAMENCA Productions

Beth Nesbitt is the founder of VIDA FLAMENCA, an organization based in California that has the official status of nonprofit activity dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the traditions of Spanish music and dance. VIDA FLAMENCA’s goal is to contribute to the understanding of Spanish culture through educational workshops, masterclasses and performances. Since its inception, VIDA FLAMENCA has become the premiere calling card for flamenco in Los Angeles, California and throughout the United States.

The key components of the non-profit are:
– VIDA FLAMENCA Productions
– VIDA FLAMENCA Weekly eNewsletter
– VIDA FLAMENCA Educational Department
– VIDA FLAMENCA Blog, “Did Somebody Say Flamenco?”

 

ABOUT ME
Known in Southern California for her graphic work and management of digital projects, Beth used her creativity and knowledge of information technology to develop a short list of flamenco enthusiasts. During her first workshop with well-known dancer and choreographer Cristóbal Reyes, her newsletter took root in the flamenco community. This beginning grew rapidly to become what is now the VIDA FLAMENCA Newsletter, the only publication of its kind in the United States, sending weekly information to thousands of subscribers in Los Angeles, California, USA, Canada, Israel, Italy, Argentina, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, China, Spain and throughout Europe. The Newsletter delivers the latest information regarding events and news for our local, national and international Flamenco communities weekly.

Over the past 20 years, Ms. Nesbitt has worked as a Graphic Designer and Web Designer for UCLA Extension and as Project Manager at the prestigious advertising firm DEUTSCH. Her clients have included Volkswagen, HTC, Nintendo and Vanity Fair for print, web, and broadcast. In addition to her skills as a designer and project manager, for the past eight years she has worked as onsite Event Manager for the prestigious HBO Post-Emmy Party and Elton John’s Oscar Party fundraiser. These annual events attract more than 2,500 guests including HBO Show Talent and Hollywood stars, as well as local and international press. Moreover, in the last 4 years she has worked as on-site event manager for numerous location television shows, including Entourage, CSI, ‘Blackish,’ New Girl, and commercials Old Spice, Southwest Airlines and the prestigious Adam Levine ‘Halloween Party.’

ABOUT VIDA FLAMENCA

VIDA FLAMENCA reflects a continued passion for Flamenco. On-going programming emphasizes increased awareness of Spanish culture through educational workshops and performances. Beth draws from a select group of international and US artists. Since the company’s inception, Vida Flamenca Productions has become the premiere calling card for Flamenco artists in Los Angeles.

VIDA FLAMENCA Productions has collaborated with NBC Studios (children’s programming division) Tzali’s Food & Wine Group, NOHO Theater & Arts Festival and Awards presentation ‘We’ (Emmy Latino). Additonally, Vida Flamenca has produced several Flamenco shows at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Barnsdall Park Theater in Hollywood and the La Cumbre Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Her Flamenco blog “Did Somebody Say Flamenco?,” allows visitors to watch personal selections of video clips and documentaries selected by Beth Nesbitt. The blog also contains descriptive information about various dancers, singers and musicians, both current and historical.

In collaboration with RODRI ENTERTAINMENT, Vida Flamenca co-produced the “Ay Flamenco!” Dance Series at the prestigious John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, California in 2004. The success of this initiative led to a larger production led by Flamenco dancer and choreographer Domingo Ortega along with his company of twelve dancers and musicians who interpreted the Greek myth “Orfeo” to critcal acclaim. This performance earned him a “City of Los Angeles Proclamation” which was presented by Councilperson Gloria Molina in honor of his contribution to flamenco dance. Later that year, Ortega and company were again invited to Los Angeles this time for the closing ceremony of the World Music Institute within UNESCO, as part of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department organized by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. This event included workshops promoted by Vida Flamenca with dancers Domingo Ortega (Jerez) and La Tania (Sevilla / San Francisco), Javier Riquena singer (Malaga) and guitarist Jorge Rodriguez (Barcelona).

As mentioned, our Educational division has also organized workshops with renowned dancer and master choreographer Cristóbal Reyes while in Los Angeles to choreograph a performance for his nephew, Joaquín Cortés, as part of a production with world-reknown dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen for the Oscar Awards in 2000. Reyes held an extremely popular three-level beginning to advanced choreography workshop for twelve days. Additional workshops have included Domingo Ortega (Jerez), Inmaculada Ortega (Jerez), María Juncal (Tenerife), Canito and Alegria Suarez (Barcelona/Sevilla), Emilio Ochando (Madrid), Antonio Granjero (Jerez), Silvia Duran (Tel Aviv), Maribel Herrera, and Claudio Arias (Buenos Aires). Moreover, she organized and promoted conference appearances for Flamenco Specialist Estela Zatania in the United States & Canada.

Additionally, Beth’s articles and reviews have been seen in the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts magazine in conjunction with the Compañía Jose Porcel performance in 2005 amongst others. Her reviews were posted locally for the sold out Jackson Browne/Flamenco pianist Ricardo Miño show at the Friar’s Club in Beverly Hills. Reviews have also appeared for the internationally recognized New World Flamenco Festival at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California as well as for the performances featuring noted Sevillana dancer and choreographer Juana Amaya, Granada-born dancer Rafaela Carrasco, Compania Jose Porcel and Domingo Ortega by the Jerez-based website “deflamenco.com”™.

In 2006, Ms. Nesbitt was invited by the Spanish Tourist Office in Los Angeles for a week of Spanish and flamenco culture within the program “Routes of Flamenco in Andalusia.” The breadth of information gathered regarding the historical background of the various provinces, and in particular the specific fabric of flamenco, reaffirmed her commitment to expanding her projects locally and nationally. Again invited by the Instituto de Andalucia to share her knowledge of the content and dissemination of information related to flamenco in the United States, she was invited by Manuel Macias, Director of the Sevilla Congress and Convention Bureau and Maria Angeles Carrasco, Director of the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco. Ms. Nesbitt was honored to attend the “First and Second International Congress of Flamenco” in Seville (2010) and in Cordoba (2013). Her involvement was documented in  “CULTURAL INDUSTRIES OF FLAMENCO: TOURISM, FASHION AND TRAINING “as part of the” White Paper Flamenco” roundtable. The ‘White Paper’ includes development of Flamenco through its International Congress sharing the ideas, proposals, aspirations, possible solutions and courses of action that set the roadmap for Flamenco in the coming years.

She continues to produce shows including the “CUMBRE FLAMENCA” dance series as well as hosting Master classes and workshops for artists from Spain.

 

Asesora de Cultura Andaluza/ Andalusian Culture Advisor

Rosario “Charo” Monge Romero
Ms. Monge chaired the Peña Andaluza in California for 22 years, the organization officially recognized by the Government of Andalusia, whose mission has been to promote the culture of Andalusia in California.

In addition, in 1991, he created the Choir Rociero, a group that represented our organization from San Francisco to Miami was invited by the Consulate of Spain in Los Angeles to represent Spain in various official ceremonies, which include the gala in honor of our Princess Cristina de Borbon and the Opera ‘Carmen’ with Placido Domingo and celebrated the 1992 Rose Parade Pasadena. Components of our Flamenco Group participated with the Symphony Orchestra of San Diego concert entitled “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” with virtuoso concert classical guitar Angel Romero, and “Los Angeles Grammy Festival 2001.”

La Peña Andaluza has also participated with other Spanish institutions in California during the celebration of the Columbus Day in Los Angeles, California along with American organizations dedicated to maintain ttheir links toSpanish Culture. At present, she is very active with encouraging our Youth Committee, as they are the future of our organization, and the preservation of our customs and culture.

Ms. Monge is a member of the Spanish Federation of Associations and Societies of California (FASEC), “San Diego de Alcala Sister City Society” Spanish Ballet of San Diego, “International Arts Academy” and “Spanish Academy of Fine Arts of San Diego.” She works closely with the Resource Center and Education Office of the Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles, the House of Spain in Los Angeles, “Italian American Civic Association” San Diego, the House of Colombia, the Chamber of Commerce of San Diego, the City of San Diego “San Diego City College,” “United States International University” and the City of El Cajon.

Vida Flamenca is honored to have Ms. Monge as a Cultural Advisor for our non-profit.