Maine
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Lindsey Bourassa/Bourassa Dance

Based in Portland, Maine, Lindsey Bourassa is a flamenco dancer, choreographer, and the founding director of Bourassa Dance Studio of Portland, Maine, where she teaches Flamenco Arts. Lindsey is NEST eligible through the New England Foundation for the Arts. 

 

Education:

2019, Master of Flamencology Degree from ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)

2012, Certificate of Professionalization in Flamenco Arts from El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla (Spain)

2009, Bachelor of Cultural Dance Studies and Creative Writing Degree from Goddard College, with a specialization in flamenco and salsa 

2006, Certification as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher from the Kripalu Institute 

 

Lindsey 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, Adela Campallo, and Ursula Lopez among many others. She has performed and taught in both Spain and the United States.

 

Lindsey performs with national and international flamenco artists and creates original dance performances that illustrate multifaceted storytelling, often woven together with her own creative prose. Lindsey co-founded and danced with Olas Music and Dance from 2009-2016. Olas released three albums, a full-length film, three videos, and performed throughout New England. In July 2016, Lindsey performed in Opera Maine's Carmen at Portland's Merrill Auditorium. Also in 2016, Lindsey was invited by the Maine Arts Commission to perform at MICA (Maine International Conference on the Arts). In 2017, Lindsey created and debuted a multimedia, contemporary-flamenco performance entitled El Lobo y La Paloma, 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 own father in 2015. This project was made in artistic collaboration with Canadian-Iranian painter Khosro Berahmandi, Kuwaiti singer Talal Alzefiri, oud player Thomas Kovacevic, and flamenco dancer Megan Keogh. A full-length film of this performance will be released in 2019 at the Portland Museum of Art in collaboration with filmmakers David Camlin and Scott Sutherland and Hospice of Southern Maine. Since 2018, Lindsey has performed with flamenco artists such as singers Bárbara Martínez and Ale Cano, guitarists Cristian Puig, José Alconchel, and Andreas Arnold, and dancer Miguel Vargas. In 2018, Lindsey performed as a guest artist in the production Soleá Con | Partida, with internationally recognized flamenco dancer Miguel Vargas and flamenco singer Ale Cano. Soleá Con | Partida is an original work by Vargas and Cano. 

Lindsey is the recipient of the 2019 Mission Award, Mayo Street ARts; 2018 New England Dance Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts; 2017 Continuing Education Grant, New Ventures Maine; 2016 Project Grant, Maine Arts Commission; 2013 Visibility Grant, Maine Arts Commission; 2011 Good Idea Grant, Maine Arts Commission.

 

 

I Have Worked With

  • September 2011 to January 2019

    Lindsey has studied with international and master flamenco artist Miguel Vargas of Seville, Spain and his school (El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla) since 2011. Lindsey has hosted and co-organized workshops with Vargas at Bourassa Dance Studio in Portland, ME since 2015. Lindsey taught at Vargas' school in 2017. Lindsey also performed in Vargas' productions in 2012 in both Sevilla and Aracena, Spain and most recently in 2018 in Maine.  

  • November 2018

    Lindsey was invited to performed alongside internationally renown flamenco artists Miguel Vargas (dance), Ale Cano (song) and José Manuel Alconchel (guitar) as part of the all original flamenco performance Soleá Con | Partida, created by Vargas and Cano. 

    Show Synopsis: 

    SOLEÁ CON | PARTIDA  was born from the desire to not feel alone; to share feelings in order to let them fly toward their destiny. It is the introspection of two internal universes where the most primal of sensations and feelings are shared. In SOLEÁ CON | PARTIDA, two of the artistic expressions of flamenco, singing and dancing, come together to create a line of sensitive dialogue in which we will expose everything that we face each day within our own solitude and present it to the world in the form of art.

  • October 2018

    Bates Music Series, A Flamenco Performance with Bourassa Dance and Friends 

    Lindsey performed a full-length performance in collaboration with nationally recognized flamenco artists Bárbara Martínez (song) and Cristian Puig (guitar). 

     

     

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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
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
20
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
MA in Flamencology from ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
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: 
New England Dance Fund (2018)
Continuing Education Grant, New Ventures Maine (2017)
Maine Arts Commission Project Grant (2016)
Maine Arts Commission Visibility Grant (2013)
Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant (2011)
Mission Award, Mayo Street Arts (2019)
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
One instrument mic, one vocal mic, one music stand, sprung/flush wooden floor, two floor mics (when possible), standard stage lighting
Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$8,000
State of Residence: 
Maine
Minimum Number of Performers: 
2
Maximum Number of Performers: 
4

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Dance
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
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)
BA in Dance Studies
MA Flamencology
Fee Range Minimum: 
$15
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,000