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 (NEFA).

Education and Training: 

Lindsey received her BA in Cultural Dance Studies and Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2009, with a specialization in flamenco and salsa. Prior to this, she received her certification as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher from the Kripalu Institute in 2006.  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, and Ursula Lopez among many others. She has performed and taught in both Spain and the United States.

Artistic Highlights: 

Lindsey performs both traditional flamenco with national and international flamenco artists and creates original dance performances that illustrate multifaceted storytelling through the blend of flamenco and contemporary dance, 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 film, three videos, and performed throughout New England. In July 2016, Lindsey performed in PORT Opera'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 completed work on a multimedia, contemporary-flamenco performance entitled El Lobo y La Paloma released on June 3rd, 2017 at South Portland Auditorium, Maine. Created by Lindsey Bourassa, 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 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, and with the participation of videographer Ali Mann, costume designer Molly Angie, and poet/translator Kifah Abdulla. In 2018, Lindsey collaborated with flamenco singer Bárbara Martínez and flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig in performances at Mayo Street Arts (Portland, ME) and the Bates College Music Series (Waterville, ME). Also in 2018, Lindsey performed as a guest artist in the production Soleá Con | Partida, an all original work created and performed by internationally recognized flamenco dancer Miguel Vargas and flamenco singer Ale Cano, with guitar accompaniment by José Manuel Alconchel.  

Awards:

Lindsey is the recipient of the 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.​

Learn More: www.BourassaDance.com

I Have Worked With

  • 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). 

     

     

  • October 2018

    Flamenco, Performance and Poetry 

    Lindsey performed a full-length performance in collaboration with nationally recognized flamenco artists Bárbara Martínez (song) and Cristian Puig (guitar). This performance was supported in part through a grant from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council to highlight the cante (song) as the oldest and highest form within flamenco, to which all other elements respond, forming the foundation for the emotive quality of flamenco’s 50+ styles. Flamenco verses can be understood as short poems that reflect the history, society and geography of the Spanish-Romani-Flamenco culture, as well as Spain and in particular Andalusia. Verses performed during the show were printed and translated for the audience to highlight this vital and poetic element and its influence on the story unfolding in the dance and music.   

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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: 
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)
Currently enrolled in Graduate School at La Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya
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)
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
Fee Range Minimum: 
$15
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,000