RAIMUNDO BENÍTEZ

In 1987, Raimundo Benítez began his training in flamenco and Spanish dance at six years old with great teachers such as Manolete, Mariquilla, Javier Barón, Rafael de Carmen, Alfonso Losa, and Tach González.

His training was emphasized during 2003-2004, with his admission into the Center of Performing arts of Mario Maya, and received classes from professors the size of Belén Maya, Rafaela Carrasco, Mercedes Ruiz, Alejandro Granados, Yolanda Heredia, Andrés Peña, Lola Greco, Juan Andrés Maya and Manuel Betanzos.

In his beginnings as a professional, he worked in the company of Mariquilla and Tatiana Garrido. He also worked with Curro Albaycín in numerous occasions.

Like the majority of Granadino artists forging their style in the caves of Sacromonte, he worked in the tablao, Venta del Gallo. He also has worked in different prestigious tablaos in Madrid such as Café de Chinitas and Casa Patas.

In 2004, he was part of the Granada Flamenco Dance Company, directed by Mario Maya, with the show UN, DOS, TRES, FAA. He returned to work under the direction of maestro Mario Maya in the show Dialogos Del Amargo and Andalucía:Flamenco and Humanity in the theatre Lope de Vega for the inauguration of the Biennial of Flamenco in Seville (2006).

In 2010, he was invited by Fuensanta La Moneta to participate as a soloist in the debut of her show Bailar for the Biennial of Seville in the Lope de Vega Theatre. He has worked with Fuensanta on various occasions, such as the Festival Corral del Carbón in Granada and other international festivals in Luxembourg, New Mexico and France.

In June 2013, he was part of the corps de ballet in the show Duende for the annual homage to Lorca and Granada, directed by Manuel Liñán and Fuensanta la Moneta, which featured the artists Lola Greco and Javier Latorre.

In April 2014, he performed with the company of Carmen de las Cuevas in Báilame, in the Dance Festival of Granada I.

In addition to all of this, Raimudo has danced in numerous flamenco shows and in the most prestigious national and international flamenco festivals, such as the Festival of Mont de Marsan, Festival of Avignon, the Biennial of Flamenco in Seville, Festival of Jerez, Corral del Carbón…together with prestigious artists such as Arcángel, Calixto Sánchez, Esperanza Fernández, Aurora Vargas, Pan Sequito o Remedios Amaya, Joaquín Grilo and Eva la Yerbabuena.

In his long career as a professor, he has given classes in Spain and abroad, always teaching authentic flamenco while influencing his students to have an appreciation for this art.