Dúo Flamenco with Elena Villa

Dúo Flamenco with Spanish Dance

Performing in the 2014 Green Show Friday, June 20.

This is their fifth season in the OSF Green Show.

Spanish Flamenco dance, guitar, song and percussion.

Dúo Flamenco, comprising Grant Ruiz and Terry Longshore, formed in 2007 out of a mutual passion for the art form.

Grant Ruiz (guitar, vocals) is a local musician and teacher who has performed in several Green Shows and plays at the OSF since 2002. He is currently a board member of the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society.

Terry Longshore, PhD (percussion, vocals) has performed internationally and throughout the United States. He performs regularly as a soloist and with several ensembles. He has taught at several universities and currently serves as Director of Percussion Studies at Southern Oregon University. He has performed in several Green Shows and plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Elena Maria Villa, PhD (dance) is a professional flamenco dancer and teacher in Portland, OR. She has performed and taught flamenco and Arabic-Spanish fusion since the mid-1990s and is also an expert belly dancer.  She is an organizer of the Gypsy Caravan stage at the annual Oregon Country Fair.

Duo Flamenco on Community: We have a small but active flamenco community in the valley, and Terry and Grant form the nucleus.  Elena was a major figure in the flamenco and belly dance scene in Eugene.  Since her recent move to Portland, she has made contact with some of the significant players in that area.  We are all interested in reaching out to other members of the musical and dance community who have an interest in synthesis with flamenco.  Other possible groups include salsa, tango, rumba, belly dancing, east Indian dance and fire dancing.  Each performer is also an experienced teacher eager to share knowledge and ideas.