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Guest Instructors

Graciela Perrone

“When I dance I paint, when I paint I dance.” 

Flamenco Master Class - July 7 & 8 SUMMER 2023

Graciela Perrone visited Ballet Arts back in 2018 to inspire us with the art of Flamenco dance! We are thrilled she is returning this summer to teach various level master classes.  

Graciela Perrone is a multidisciplinary artist who explores visual art, flamenco dance, and singing. She was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and since she was little has been surrounded by pencils and colors and music.

In 1997, Perrone emigrated to the United States where her quest to develop her art guided her to discover flamenco dancing. Once she settled in Louisville, Kentucky, she joined Ballet Español, a flamenco company directed by the acclaimed dancer, Mara Maldonado. Perrone taught and danced in the Ballet for several years and has since studied flamenco in Spain with Juan Parra, in Granada with the Carmen de las Cuevas School, and in Cadiz with Concha Baras. 

Graciela has performed flamenco at many acclaimed venues across Kentucky, including the Brown Theater and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts with the Louisville Orchestra and Louisville Opera, as well as at universities such as the University of Louisville, Western University in Kentucky, and Centre College. Outside of Kentucky, she has performed with the San Diego Symphony alongside the celebrated Romero family of guitarists and at the Cincinnati Opera. She has performed with Tim Ries, saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, for his Rolling Stones Project, in New York, Chicago, Louisville, and Ann Arbor. 

As part of her visual arts practice, Graciela has exhibited at many art galleries, centers and museums across the United States and in South America. The Uruguayan Consulate invited Graciela to perform and prepare an exhibition of her paintings 

at the Conrad Hotel in Punta del Este, Uruguay. She was also part of the Ibero-American Exhibition at the State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University, exhibiting paintings and multimedia video art. 

Alongside her dance and visual art, Graciela is a vocalist and has performed as a solo artist and with bands in venues across Kentucky. She has performed on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, which airs on the Public Radio Exchange. Songs from her album Graciela are featured in two feature films: Keep Your Distance, directed by Stu Pollard and Higher Ground. 

Graciela is also passionate about arts education and has worked with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in their ArtsReach program, teaching flamenco and music to children across communities in Kentucky; in their ArtsRise program, educating Kentucky public school teachers in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education; and in their Governor’s School for the Arts Program. 

Graciela currently lives in North Stonington, Connecticut with her husband, children, and chickens. 


Sign up for a master class with Graciela!

Friday Jul 7 from 3:30-4:30pm (Ages 7-12 - various levels welcome) $25/class

Saturday Jul 8  from 10:30-11:30am (Teens and Adults - various levels) $25/class

*Intermediate and Advance Ballet levels III/IV-VI participating in Fri July 7 Ballet Intensive

will be taking a class with Graciela!*


Visit the portal to reserve a spot. Space is limited!

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