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Acclaimed Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes will put her stamp on the Oregon Coast this Thursday and Friday, bringing her “Oceans, Flamenco en Vivo” show to Manzanita and Newport.

The water-themed presentation will feature singer-percussionist Jose Moreno and guitarist Pedro Cortes, both third-generation Spanish Flamenco artists from New York City.

Born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, Fuentes is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest with strong links to Flamenco culture. She studies both baile (flamenco dance) and cante (flamenco singing) and has toured throughout the Western states. She has studied with artists such as Guadiana, Joaquin Grilo, Eva Yerbabuena, El Farru and Isabel Bayon. She attributes her formation as an artist to her most significant mentor, Maestra Sara de Luis. She continues to evolve as an innovator and performance artist.

Pedro Cortes comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Touring professionally since the age of 17, he has gained international recognition as a soloist and composer. He is artistic director of his own Flamenco group, and also musical director of Palo Seco.

Born to famous flamenco artists, Jose Moreno began his flamenco career as a child, debuting at the famous Tablao Flamenco Costa Vasca. He has performed with the Boston Flamenco Ballet as well as with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Washington National Opera in Washington, DC.

The trio will perform “Oceans, Flamenco en Vivo” at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts on Thursday, June 6, starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $34 for VIP reserved seating, and $14 for students.

At 8 pm on Friday, June 7, the show will take to the stage at the Newport Visual Arts Center, with tickets $22 for general admission, $35 for VIP reserved seating, and $15 for students.

Tickets for both performances are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

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