Dancer and choreographer Rafaela Carrasco is a renowned flamenco leading figure. In 2002 she founded her own company hosting fruitful artistic collaborations, after having achieved the main awards at the 11th Spanish Dance and Flamenco Choreographic Contest. She has worked as the Director of the Andalusian Flamenco Ballet from 2013 until September 2016.
Both the bailaora and above all, the choreographer profile, stand out throughout her career. Rethinking, researching and personalizing flamenco has been her
main goal since she started. Taking risks. Creating her own vision of dance: warm, thorough, conceptual and designed for a dance group within a stage setting.
Developing flamenco dancing. Updating it. In order to do so, she has absorbed knowledge from other dance disciplines, without neglecting her flamenco roots, while taking her very own return personal path within her experience and expression of dance.
Carrasco is a great expert in Spanish dance and flamenco thanks to her two main teachers: Matilde Coral, who taught her the discipline, the technique and the passion for dance, and Mario Maya, who provided her with her first professional opportunity and with whom she discovered performing, first, in the Mario Maya Company and then in the Andalusian Dance Company.
Rafaela left Seville for Madrid in 1996 and since then she has worked with prestigious companies and leading figures: Belén Maya, Israel Galván, Javier Barón, Adrián Galia, Rafael Amargo, Ricardo Franco, Teresa Nieto, Ramón Oller, Antonio Canales, Farruquito, Duquende, Chicuelo or Merche Esmeralda, among others.
A bailaora and a choreographer, she is also regarded as an outstanding teacher
at important schools, such as Amor de Dios in Madrid, the Flamenco Centre for Stage Studies in Granada or the Jerez Flamenco Festival, teaching international courses, and as a professor of flamenco dance methodology and didactics at the María de Ávila Conservatorio Superior de Danza (Advanced Higher Education Dance School) in Madrid.