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STEPHANIE PEDRAZA

Stephanie Pedraza is a unique combination of singer, songwriter, flamenco dancer and cantaora (traditional flamenco singing) based in Vancouver BC. Born in to a Latin American family and having moved to Colombia at a very early age, she has been constantly immersed in her Latin roots of song and dance.

 

It was at the age of 19 that she fell in love with flamenco, and ever since, has dedicated her life to mastering the art. In 2003 she moved to Andalucia, Spain, after a 4 year intensive training period at Vancouver's Centro Flamenco with Rosario Ancer.

 

It was in Sevilla where she trained intensively both in singing and dancing at the world reknown Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren. She has studied with some of the most prominent figures in flamenco such as:  Milagros Menjibar, Fuensanta "La Moneta", Sonia Miranda, Joaquin Grilo, El Farru, Olga Pericet, Isabel Bayon, Andres Peña, and David Hornillo to name a few.

 

Her original musical compositions are an honest reflection of her rich background, of her experience growing up in Cali-Colombia and a perfect blend of traditional latin rhythms, root, rock, pop as well as English and Spanish lyrics.

Over the past decade, Stephanie has toured extensively and taught workshops across Canada and internationally in countries such as Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Guatemala and USA. She released her first cd titled "Where I Rest" in November 2011 and since then, has been featured on CBC Radio and Roundhouse Radio. She is currently writing her second album which will explore Americana, country and roots genres.

 

Among her numerous performances, some highlights include: Festival de Artes Escenicas del Gran Caribe 2014 in Cartagena, Colombia, Noche Flamenca Colombia Flamenco tour 2014, Expolatino Calgary , The Harmony Arts Festival, Cultural Blast,  numerous shows thoughout the years for the Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary International Flamenco Festival, "Alma Vieja" flamenco production in Guatemala,  and  the Vancouver International Film Festival.