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Mina Fajardo

Mina Fajardo was born in Japan. She is a singer songwriter & composer, and also renown as a flamenco dancer, playwright, choreographer and teacher. Her husband (Chuscales) is a world renown flamenco guitarist from Spain. She teaches flamenco dancing and singing, at several schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mina and Chuscales, have both made more than 5000 shows and concerts past 30 years in Japan, Spain, United States.
She speaks 5 languages include Japanese, English and Spanish, her dream is to make the songs for all ages who can dance and sing with any language in the world.

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Mina Fajardo, “Mina” has received extensive training in flamenco, Escuela bolero, jazz, Tap and ballet. Mina has received flamenco training from El Guito, Carmera Greco, Ciro, La Tati, La China, Alejandro Granados, Yolanda Heredia, Isabel Bayon, Rafaela Carrasco, Pastora Galvan, Jose Maya, Ursula Lopez, Adela Campallo, Rafael Campallo, Concha Vargas, Eva La Yerbabuena, Farruquito, La Lupi, Andres Marin, Joaquin Ruiz and Keiko Issiki.

She has taught in the Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts, Northern New Mexico University, Santa Fe Community College, Eva Encinias Sandoval’s National Institute of Flamenco, Nava Elementary School, Sweeney Elementary School, James A Rodriguez Elementary School, Chimayo Elementary School, Carlos Vigil Middle School, The New Mexico Academy of International School, Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Danceworks, Moving Arts Española, Maria Vazquez Flamenco Denver, The Spanish Institute of Dance in Houston, Texas, and Fazil Dance Studio & Japanese Chamber of Commerce in New York City.

Fajardo has performed in Japan, New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Houston, Maryland and Albuquerque and has made several appearances on television in Manhattan, New Mexico, Japan & Spain. In Santa Fe, She has performed at the Santa Fe Opera and in the Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival at the Lensic Theatre.

She has performed with many artists including Elena Andujar, El Pripi, La Tibu, Carmen Rasarao, Chuscales, YiYi, Silverio Heredia, Tequila de Jerez, Omayra Amaya, Jose Cortes, Manuel Gutierrez, Kina Mendez, Jose Cortes, Juan Siddi and Keiko Isshiki.

She choreographed and performed in many productions including “Carmen La Golondrina” (Santa Fe, NM 2018), “The Little Match Girl” (Santa Fe, NM 2017), “Dance with Spirit” (Santa Fe, NM 2017), “Illusions in Arts “Calligraphy & Choreography” (Santa Fe, NM 2017), “Romance de la Luna “ (Santa Fe, NM, 2016), “Una Nota de Lorca” (Santa Fe, NM 2016), “Gypsy Book” (Santa Fe, NM 2015), “Flamenco Masters at Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre” (Denver, CO 2015), “Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival 2015” (Houston, TX 2015), “Flamenco X3”(Santa Fe, NM 2015), “Gypsy Passion”(Santa Fe, NM 2014), “Flamenco Fiesta!” (Santa Fe, NM 2014 & 2013), “Forever in My Heart” (Santa Fe, NM 2013 ), “My Gypsy Soul” (Santa Fe, NM 2012), “Chuscales at Old Main, Boulder” (Boulder, CO 2011), “Chuscales y Mina Fajardo con Las Tres Mujeres” (Las Vegas. NM, 2010), “Chuscales Live at MIT” (Boston, MA 2009), Telluride Jazz Festival (Telluride, CO 2008), “Chuscales at Tubac” (Tubac, AZ 2007), “Soul del Arte Tradiciones e Innovaciones” (San Francisco, CA 2005), “Ainadamar, Landscapes and Impression” Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe, NM 2005), “A Night of Flamenco Magic” Lakewood Cultural Center (Denver, CO 2005), “Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival” (Santa Fe, NM 2004 & 2001), The John E. Morlow Guitar Series “ Flamenco Night” (Chevy Chase, MD 2004), SJC Multicultural Arts Series “Flamenco” (San Juan Capistrano, CA 2003).

She appeared in films “Flamenco Passion & Soul” (1999), “El Payo” (2010), “Españoles en el mundo – Nuevo Mexico” (2013).

She currently teaches flamenco dance classes at Santa Fe Community College, Northern New Mexico University, Santa Fe Danceworks, Casa Blanca Studio & Moving Arts Española and performs with Chuscales at Local Tablao & Theater in Santa Fe, NM.

Mina Fajardo - Press Reviews
January 17, 2018 Santa Fe Art Journal by Emily Van Cleve
In the Studio With…Chuscales and Mina Fajardo For Chuscales and Mina Fajardo, the love for flamenco is a family affair

Nov. 27, 2017 Broadway World

2017 Albuquerque Journal Flamenco show to depict Santa Fe history - Dance with Spirit

Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican

2017 Taos News – Blazing Flamenco,40270

2017 Albuquerque Journal Finding Connections – Flamenco meets Calligraphy

2017 Broadway World

2017 Vally Daily Post

2015 Guitarist grew up listening to and playing flamenco rhythms in a cave

2014 Renowned flamenco guitarist found passion for music in family’s hilltop dwelling in Spain

2009 El Mundo Boston “Mina, Siddi offered as both a master input and coupling in Flamenco paintings, which were choreographed with great skill and ease……”

2009 Flamenco Buzz “Mina Fajardo’s talent as a dancer truly blossomed as a “flamenquita”………..”