Felipe de Algeciras

Born in Algeciras, Felipe started dancing at just 13 years of age, studying in the conservatory of Algeciras and Málaga.

Aged 16, he started working with the flamenco troupe Sonakay. Two years later he became a member of the prestigious flamenco troupe Soleá, working at numerous festivals in Andalucía and touring in London for the first time in 1991. Felipe made his debut at London’s West End with Show Theatre.

 

Felipe returned to Spain with the offer to work in England, which he would accept two years later. He settled in England where he became the first bailaor at the prestigious tablao Costa Dorada, the only tablao in the UK.

Following his debut, Felipe worked in Sadler’s Wells Theatre, The House of Commons and he appeared with the English National Opera at London’s Coliseum.

In the course of his long career in the UK, Felipe had the honour of dancing for Diana Princess of Wales and Princess Margaret.

His strength and powerful footwork led him to work for the movie The Mask of Zorro with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. More recently he worked as choreographer on the set of the British movie, Dot The I, staring Natalia Verbeke and Gael García Bernal.

In 2002 Felipe founded his own company Alma Flamenca, with which he toured successfully in the UK and all around Europe, performing in prestigious theatres such as the Royal Opera House, where he shared the stage with El Cigala and other great artists.

In 2007 Felipe de Algeciras started running the tablao Costa Dorada and teaching flamenco classes in London in his own studio. He also travelled regularly to schools in Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, etc., as a guest teacher.

In 2009, after a long career in the UK, Felipe decided to move back to his native land: ALGECIRAS, where he is working on his new company and his own dance school.