flamenco certamen usa


Q: What do I need in order to apply to the 2024 Flamenco Certamen USA?

A:  In order to apply for the Flamenco Certamen you will need a 1-page resume, a 150 word bio, video submission and a brief artist biography. 

Q: What are the Video requirements for my application?

A:  The video submission must include a full baile from beginning to end, with no edits.  The video will have been taken within the last year to ensure that the Initial Jury may view your current level.  The video must be of the palo you wish to perform for the Certamen Finals on October 21, 2024.  Please provide a video link of good sound and viewing quality (Youtube or Vimeo links only).  No promotional reels will be accepted.  For more specific video requirements, please refer to the Video Clip section of the Certamen Application.  

Q: My baile is longer than the time limits listed.  Do I need to cut it in order to apply?

A: There is no need to cut your baile for the application. Record your full baile, and if you are chosen as a Finalist you can make edits then.  

Q:  What palos can I submit for selection as a Finalist for the Estudio category of competition? 

A:  Estudio applicants may apply with a level-appropriate baile, no more than 5 minutes.  

Q: What does “level-appropriate” mean?

A:  Level-appropriate means: 

  • There is a clear structure, with strong llamadas and the appropriate sections of the palo represented.  A more traditional structure is preferred. 
  • The choreography suits your technique level and capability.  
  • The dancer can “command” the baile.  All sections can be executed with confidence. 
  • The dancer exhibits particular attention to the compás, dynamics and aire of the palo.

Q: What palos can I submit for selection as a Finalist for the Tablao category of competition?

A:  Tablao applicants may apply with any palo they wish, no more than 6 minutes.  The baile should reflect an advanced level of technique, knowledge, style and artistry.  

Q: Can I submit a baile with a “complemento?”

A:  Yes, dancers who wish to participate in the Tablao category may submit a baile with a complemento including but not limited to: abanico, bata, castañuelas, mantón, etc.  If you are considering using a complemento for your baile, we highly suggest you choose one to focus on that highlights your mastery of that prop throughout your baile.  

Q:  What are the costume requirements?  

A:  Specific costuming for the Final Show and Judging is at the discretion of each Finalist.  Costumes should reflect the palo the dancer will be performing.  Judges will look at the costuming as an integral partner in the overall performance; care should be taken for costuming to have appropriate fit and reflect a complete aesthetic.  Rehearsal clothing is not recommended for this performance.  

Q:  If I am selected as a Finalist, how long will I have to decide if I wish to participate? 

A:  Notice of Finalist selection will be made the week of August 12, 2024.  Confirmation of participation must be received by Monday, August 26, 2024.  

Q: Are there any fees associated with my participation?

A: Yes, a non-refundable participation fee of $300 is required to secure your place in the Residency and Certamen competition.  This fee is due upon confirmation of participation, on or before Monday, August 26, 2024.  Subsidies and payment plans are available to help cover this fee.

Q: Can I participate in the Flamenco Certamen if I am not available the week of the NYC Residency October 16 – 20th?

A: No, participation in the residency intensive is required to participate in the Flamenco Certamen. 

Q: What can I expect from the Residency?

A: The Residency will include master classes, mentor sessions, rehearsals with musicians, and opportunities to network with the NYC flamenco community. This process will thoroughly prepare the Finalist for the Final Show and Judging taking place on Monday, October 21, 2024.  More detailed information will be included in the Finalist Packet issued upon selection.

Q: What expenses can I expect to incur during the week of the Flamenco Certamen?

A: The Participant (Finalist) pays the following: 

  • Travel expenses 
  • Accommodation for time in NYC for non-residents
  • Food expenses

    Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana provides: 

  • All workshops, mentor sessions, etc. during this residency are included. 

Q:  Who are the Mentors and Musicians?

A:  The Mentors and Musicians are carefully chosen from the professional flamenco community.  These artists teach, perform and produce work within the flamenco art form nationally and internationally. 

Q:  Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

A:  No, you do not need to be a U.S. Citizen to apply for the Flamenco Certamen.  However, if you are selected as a finalist, you will be responsible for obtaining the proper travel documents in order to enter the United States.

Q How do I know if I am eligible to apply for the Flamenco Certamen? 

A:  Please refer to the Certamen Applicant Criteria and Awards page on our website.  If you have any additional questions after reviewing the applicant criteria, please contact evolucion@flamenco-vivo.org