About Magdalena Mannion

Photos: Danilo Moroni and Alberto Romo

About Magdalena

Magdalena is a flamenco dance artist based between London and Madrid. She works with both traditional and contemporary forms of flamenco and is serious in her pursuit of sharing the joy of dance with people.

Photo: Adam Newby

Before moving to Madrid in 2009, she completed a Foundation Course in contemporary dance at NSCD and studied for a year on the International Student Programme at Merce Cunningham Studio in New York. She then trained in flamenco dance  for 4 years at Amor de Dios with teachers such as Belén Fernández, María Juncal, Miguel Cañas and Alfonso Losa. She has a degree in Dance Pedagogy, specialising in professional flamenco training from Conservatorio Superior de Danza María de Ávila, Madrid where she studied with Rafaela Carrasco and Isabel Bayón. She is currently studying an online masters in Flamencology at ESMUC. 

Magdalena has been solist at some of Madrid’s top tablaos (performance venues), including Corral de la Morería, Café de Chinitas and Casa Patas, among others. She has worked for different touring companies such as Compañía Rafaela Carrasco and Compañía Miguel Angel Espino.

Magdalena is Co-artistic director of the contemporary flamenco company Dotdotdot Dance, whose work has been commissioned and produced by Sadler’s Wells as well as featured in different festivals including Flamencos y Mestizos 2015, Sampled Festival 2017 (Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry), Buxton International Festival 2018, National Theatre Riverstage 2018 and Dans i Nord 2019.

In her own choreographic work, Magdalena has a particular focus on exploring choreographic analysis of literature and using traditional repertoire as a source of inspiration for new creation.

Teaching is a big part of Magdalena’s work. She is passionate about bringing out the artistry and personality in her students, dancing big and understanding the history and context of traditional dance. She has taught for a number of different institutions including Flamenco Academy London, Casa Flamenco Beijing, Battersea Spanish London and Alma de Flamenco Osaka as well as teaching her own classes and workshops.