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Elba Hevia y Vaca
Elba Hevia y Vaca

Assistant Adjunct Faculty



MacAlister Hall 2018
Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Elba Hevia y Vaca is a creative artist and visionary bringing the Flamenco art form to Philadelphia for over a decade. She began her study of classical Spanish dance at the age of five. She later studied and danced professionally with the Ana Martinez Flamenco Dance Company in D.C., and danced with Washington’s Raquel Peña Spanish Dance Company, appearing as a soloist at various venues throughout the U.S. In Philadelphia, she continued her study of modern dance, jazz, and contact improvisation from various Philadelphia artists. She continues her dance studies and research yearly in Sevilla, submerging herself with master dancers, musicians and singers of the art form. In 2000, Hevia y Vaca founded Pasión y Arte (PyA) and has developed it into Philadelphia’s premier contemporary Flamenco dance company. She founded it out of a strong and intensely personal conviction that highly-stylized traditional Spanish flamenco dance is a perfect vessel to empower women. These values have been reflected in her eight original, critically acclaimed evening length works she has created for PyA and in the numerous grants, fellowships and accolades awarded to Hevia y Vaca and PyA under her direction. These works push the boundaries of the Flamenco art form through experimentation with site-specific choreography, and many are the product of collaborations with international flamenco stars and renowned post-modern dancers. She has also founded a conservatory, launched the first citywide Flamenco festival and is a Senior Adjunct at Franklyn and Marshal, Adjunct at Temple and Drexel University.