Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
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. 


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 was released on September 26, 2019 at the Portland Museum of Art in collaboration with filmmakers David Camlin and Scott Sutherland and Hospice of Southern Maine. Currently, Lindsey performs 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

  • October 2019

    Performed as part of the Back to Bates Showcase at the Schaeffer Theater to promote a semester-long flamenco dance course that Lindsey will teach in the winter 2020 semester as part of the Bates College Dance Faculty and Dance Department. 

  • September 2019

    Lindsey is the recipient of the Mayo Street Arts Mission Award:

  • 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.  


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

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Flamenco Dancer and Director of Bourassa Dance
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525 rear Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
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Dance - Traditional
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Dance - Traditional
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

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)
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
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One instrument mic, one vocal mic, one music stand, sprung/flush wooden floor, two floor mics (when possible), standard stage lighting
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Elementary School-age
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Certificate of Professionalization in Flamenco Arts from El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla (Spain, 2012)
BA in Dance Studies
MA Flamencology
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