Joaquin Cortes

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Joaquin Cortes is a Romani gypsy and was born on February 22, 1969 in Cordoba with music and dance as part of his culture. Having moved to Madrid in 1981 he began taking formal dancing lessons and eventually was accepted as a member of Spain’s prestigious national ballet company in 1984. During his time with the Spanish National Ballet, he also became a principal solo performer known for his phenomenal stamina and athleticism.
Desiring more creative control, Cortés formed the Joaquín Cortés Flamenco Ballet company which allowed him to diverge from purist ballet and create his own fusion of flamenco, ballet and modern dance. In 1995, in addition to being featured in two international films- The Flower of My Secret and Carlos Saura’s documentary Flamenco, Joaquín Cortés embarked on what is often considered his most successful venture Gypsy Passion. This show marked the beginning of Cortés’ international recognition for not only his prowess as a dancer, but also as a choreographer and artistic director. His rising success also led to a 10 year exclusive contract with Giorgio Armani as the costume designer.
Continuing into the millennium, Cortés’ focus shifted from dancing to choreography and artistic direction. He continues to dance in a limited capacity live on stage, in film and television. In 2000, he landed a role in the Spanish film Gypsy and again in 2004 in Vanilla and Chocolate. Cortes has danced along Shakira in her Objection video and alongside Jennifer Lopez in a concert in 2002.
2007 marked the beginning of Joaquín Cortés most recent spectacle, My Solitude which was also filmed by Director Spike Lee as part of a documentary on the flamenco star. On 15 May 2007 he performed as a guest dancer in a high-profile semi-final segment on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”


Joaquin Cortes – Flamenco