Maine
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Lindsey Bourassa/Bourassa Dance

Based in Portland, Maine, Lindsey Bourassa is a contemporary flamenco dancer, choreographer, teacher, and the founding-director of Bourassa Dance of Portland, Maine, a performing flamenco dance company and flamenco dance studio. Lindsey is NEST eligible.

Lindsey received her BA in Cultural Dance Studies and Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2009, with a specialization in flamenco and salsa. She completed her Certificate of Professionalization in Flamenco Arts in Sevilla, Spain in 2012 at El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla. She has dedicated herself to the study of flamenco since 2004, studying in Spain, France, Canada, and the United States with flamencos such as Miguel Vargas, Esperanza and Curro Fernandez, Carmen Ledesma, Francis Núñez Cabello, La Choni, Jorge Perez, Ursula Lopez and Soledad Cuesta among many others. She has performed and taught in both Spain and the United States.

 In her artistic work, Lindsey creates original flamenco dance pieces and performances that illustrate multifaceted storytelling through the unique blend of flamenco and contemporary dance, often integrating creative prose, multi-genre music, and multimedia elements. Lindsey strives to create conceptual, innovative dance works that honor dance as an empowering and expressive language that speaks to important and relevant social issues. Highlights of Lindsey's artistic career include:

  • Performing as a dancer and founding member with Olas Music and Dance. Olas has released three albums, a film, three videos, and performed throughout New England from 2009 - 2016.

  • Performing at El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla  (Seville, Spain) and Teatro Sierra de Arecena (Arecena, Spain) in 2012

  • Performing with American flamenco guitarist and composer Gregoíre Pearce as part of the touring of his newest album Pluviophile in 2015/2016

  • Performing in Opera Maine’s 2016 Carmen at Merrill Auditorium (Portland, ME)

  • Performing by invitation of the Maine Arts Commission at MICA (Maine International Conference on the Arts) in 2016 as the recipient of the Maine Arts Commission's Good Idea Grant (2011), Visibility Grant (2013), and Project Grant (2016)

  • Teaching flamenco dance classes at El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla (Seville, Spain) in 2017

  • Debuting her newest full-length work EL Lobo y La Paloma in 2017 at the South Portland Auditorium (South Portland, ME)

​Lindsey’s most recent work is a multimedia, contemporary-flamenco performance entitled El Lobo y La Paloma, released on June 3rd, 2017 at the South Portland Auditorium, in South Portland, Maine.  El Lobo y La Paloma is a performance that explores the theme of loss and connection. Through all original flamenco dance, Arabic music and song, poetry, and projected imagery, El Lobo y La Paloma tells a story about the loss of a loved one and the mystical connections between physical and spiritual worlds. This work is inspired by the loss of Bourassa's father in 2015 and extends its intention to include the universal experience of loss - that of losing a loved one, a homeland, a freedom, a right, an identity, an ability - and the reconstruction of our relationship with our lost being or object through the process of grief and healing. This project is in artistic collaboration with Canadian-Iranian painter Khosro Berahmandi, Kuwaiti-American singer Talal Alzefiri, American oud player Thomas Kovacevic and flamenco dancer Megan Keogh. The project was also created with the participation of videographer Ali Mann and costume designer Molly Angie of Maine, and with Iraqi-American poet/translator Kifah Abdulla. ​

Learn More: www.BourassaDance.com

I Have Worked With

  • October 2017

    Bourassa Dance Company performed pieces from their latest work, El Lobo y La Paloma, at The Colony in Kennebunkport, Maine

  • October 2017

    Lindsey Bourassa hosted and co-organized workshops with international and master flamenco artist Miguel Vargas of Sevilla, Spain at Bourassa Dance Studio in Portland, ME. Lindsey Bourassa has studied and collaborated with Miguel Vargas and his school (El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla) since 2010. 

  • September 2017

    Invited as a panelist to speak about my work as an individual artist in Maine at the first Maine Arts Commission Performing Arts Forum in Brunswick, ME. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Lindsey
Job Title/Position: 
Flamenco Dancer and Director of Bourassa Dance
Physical Address: 
525 rear Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
Last Name: 
Bourassa
Phone: 
2074094070

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Traditional
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Folk
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Multi-Disciplinary
Year Founded: 
2013
Populations Served: 
General Public
Languages Available: 
French
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
20
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
BA in Cultural Dance Studies and Creative Writing from Goddard College (2009)
Certificate of Professionalization in Flamenco Arts from El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla (Spain, 2012)
Awards: 
Maine Arts Commission Project Grant (2016)
Maine Arts Commission Visibility Grant (2013)
Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant (2011)

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
One instrument mic for oud, two vocal mics, two music stands with lights, projector and screen, two floor mics (when possible), standard stage lighting (lighting chart available)
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$4,000
State of Residence: 
Maine
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
4

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Dance
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Certificate of Professionalization in Flamenco Arts from El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla (Spain, 2012)
Fee Range Minimum: 
$15
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500