Biography

Sephardic Persian flamenco dancer Leilah Broukhim was born in New York and has been based in Spain since 2000. Leilah graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Film Studies. She began her flamenco dance formation with respected New York-based professors who gave her the necessary foundation to follow her growth in Spain. In Madrid, she continued her studies at the renowned dance academy Amor de Dios under great masters of flamenco, including Maria Magdalena, Manuel Reyes, Rafaela Carrasco and José Maya, while completing her knowledge of flamenco in Seville with the Farrucos.

 

Her professional career took off with the two most important flamenco dance companies of the USA: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and María Benítez Teatro Flamenco. Leilah has performed in the principal tablaos of Spain, including Casa Patas, El Corral de la Morería, El Café de Chinitas, Las Carboneras, Tablao Villa Rosa and El Cordobés. She formed part of such companies as Rafael Amargo, Paco Peña and Javier Barón. In 2006, she traveled to Japan where she taught classes and performed in the esteemed Sala Andaluza in Tokyo. Leilah is also the protagonist of Centro Sefarad-Israel's official promotional video.

 

In 2009, she was a guest artist in Gomaespuma's 10th Festival Flamenco Pa'tos sharing the stage with Marina Heredia, Carmen Linares and Eva la Yerbabuena. In 2010, she performed in the XVII Jornadas Flamencas de la Fortuna-Silla de Oro.

 

In 2011, Leilah premiered her first solo show Dejando Huellas (Traces) at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow and presented it again at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism in Paris, the Flamenco Festival USA, Madrid's Suma Flamenca Festival, the III Cumbre Erensya Sephardic Summit in Ávila, the Jewish Culture Festival in Copenhagen, Córdoba's Otoño Sefardí and in theatres in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

 

In 2014, Leilah created her show Embrujá which premiered with great success at the XI Festival Flamenco de Torrelodones in tribute to Paco de Lucía. Since then, she has presented the show in New York, Ibiza, Seoul and at the Festival Arte Flamenco Mont-de-Marsan.

In 2017, she presents the show Hamsa for a Dream at Madrid's Teatro Fernán Gómez in celebration of Centro Sefarad-Israel, Casa Árabe y Casa África's 10th anniversary.

This year, Leilah premiered her fourth production Lorca Poeta Flamenco at the Centro Cultural Flamenco de Madrid in commemoration on the "Año Lorca " 2019.

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