Faculty, Upper Division Faculty, Professional Training Division Faculty
Edwin Aparicio is considered to be one of the most sought-after flamenco performers, teachers and choreographers in the United States. He has been described by critics as “the most amazing dancer seen in years,” “a technical powerhouse dancing with blistering conviction,” having “hellfire footwork” and choreographies with “beautiful, evocative imagery”.
Trained by the world renowned flamenco artists Tomás de Madrid and “La Tati”, Aparicio made his debut at the legendary Casa Patas in Madrid in 2001 and in 2005 performed as a soloist and a company member with “Jóvenes Flamenco” at the Centro Cultural de San Blas in Madrid. Aparicio performed with The Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center in El Gato Montés in 1997 and in Don Giovanni in 2003, under the direction of Plácido Domingo.
Aparicio has performed as a soloist throughout the United States with ensembles such as the “José Greco Spanish Dance Company” and Reynaldo Rincón’s “Romería Flamenca”. He has shared the stage with such internationally celebrated artists as Chuscales, Silverio Heredia, Roberto Castellón, Pedro Cortés, “La Truco”, Elena Andújar, Carmela Greco, Pastora Galván and José Luis Rodríguez.
Based in Washington DC, Aparicio has created a loyal following as an instructor, performer, director and choreographer in the nation’s capital. He also frequently performs and imparts master classes in other US cities, such as Chicago, where was invited to participate in several special programs organized by the Flamenco Arts Center and the Cervantes Institute.
In 2005 Aparicio was the choreographer for the GALA Hispanic Theatre’s highly praised production of Lorca’s Yerma, directed by the acclaimed Hugo Medrano. Since then GALA Theatre has become Aparicio’s base for presenting his eclectic company and for premiering his newest works. He is also the resident coordinator and a featured performer of the Theatre’s annual Fuego Flamenco Festival.
Aparicio is the artistic director and choreographer of the productions Flamenco Men, Flamenco/Flamenca, Al Andalús (sponsored by the Creative Alliance of Baltimore), Camino / al flamenco, and Encuentros, co-director and choreographer of Bailes Inéditos, director and choreographer of the nationally acclaimed productions Íntimo with Carmela Greco, which was presented in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Portland OR, and at the Kean University in New Jersey, and Entresueño, which marked Aparicio’s New York City debut as a company director.
Since 2008, Aparico has been a member of The Washington School of Ballet’s faculty. In May 2013 he performed as a guest artist in The Washington Ballet’s production of Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.