Anjelica’s Bio

Anjelica Scannura, Co-Artistic Director of Ritmo Flamenco

ascannura@hotmail.com

   “Scannura is developing her own hybrid and she is truly a representative of Canadian dance in that respect.  Her dancing and choreography expresses a country of immigrants where many styles collide together to take dance into New World territory”.  Paula Citron for the Globe and Mail, Toronto

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning dancer and choreographer Anjelica Scannura is a high-achieving artist of diverse styles– excelling in her chosen fields of Flamenco, Middle-Eastern Dance, Irish dance, Acting and Stand-Up . She regularly teaches in Pittsburgh, Sarnia, Thunder Bay  and at her home base studio, Ritmo Flamenco.The roots of flamenco have been instilled in Anjelica from an early age, as her parents are founders of the Ritmo Flamenco Dance & Music Ensemble.  Highlights of her performances with Ritmo Flamenco have been:  opening for Paco de Lucia at Massey Hall, being invited to perform at the Malta International Arts Festival and also touring in concerts and festivals worldwide in countries such as Mexico, the US, Canada and Europe.  Anjelica has also lent her talents to film and television where she has appeared in several films, television series, commercials and music videos both a dancer and choreographer.   She has been invited to teach dance workshops in Ontario, the US and Europe and has taught for professional dance institutions such as Cawthra Seconday School and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada.

Anjelica has just released her new TV Show for Zoomer Media called “Anjelica’s Dance Workout” and is currently airing on ONE TV.

Training

  • Amor de Dios – Extended residences with World-renowned Flamenco teachers – (2010 – 2014)
  • Workshops at Flamenco Festivals, studying with masters. – Original Flamenco Festival (2014), Verranos de Corral (2011), New York Flamenco Festival (2006).
  • Arabesque Dance Academy – Studied Middle Eastern Dance and was part of Arabesque Dance Company. (2009-2011)
  • Bellydance Workshops with masters of the art form.  Attended in Toronto, Washington DC, California, NYC, Miami. (Studied with Randa Kamel, Dina, Yasmina Ramzy, Mohammed Shahin, Mercedes Nieto, among others.) 2009-present.
  • Academia de Baile de Jerez – Attended classes and performances during the Jerez Festival with flamenco artists such as Mercedes Ruiz, Belen Maya, Antonio el Pipa etc. This festival is one of the most prominent festivals in Spain. Anjelica has been travelling to Jerez since she was 11 years old and has established several important, on-going relationships with many teachers.
  • In May 2009, Anjelica developed a passion for Middle-Eastern rhythms, which led her to study at Bellydance at Arabesque Academy, and eventually abroad all over the USA, Europe, and the Middle East, spending intensive training time with Egyptian masters of the art form.
  • Ritmo Flamenco – trained by her mother, Valerie Scannura (1993-present)
  • National Ballet of Canada (1993-2000), Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre (2000-2003), Etobicoke School of the Arts (Secondary School), McGinley School of Irish Dance (2000-2007)

Acting

Amongst Anjelica’s myriad of acting training and accomplishments, highlights of her career thus far would be appearing on NBC’s Rogue, starring in short film “Flamenco” for CBC, appearing on CTV’s Satisfaction, a supporting role in TIFF feature film “Manson, my name is Evil,” as well as various roles on Canadian television and commercials. Anjelica has been doing stand-up comedy since September 2014, and currently frequents Yuk Yuk’s Mississauga and Toronto, among others.

Recent Performances

Anjelica won the role of the solo female flamenco dancer in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Don Quichotte in May 2014. She performed works from her new fusion production SIROCCO at the Canadian Opera Company’s Noontime Concert Series in January 2015.  She is looking forward to doing promotional performances in affiliation with the Canadian Opera Company for their upcoming production of Carmen (April 2016), as well as travelling to Montreal for the 2nd year in a row to perform for the Tourist Office of Spain.

Choreography (All works listed are recorded)

  • “BIRD BEE BAT ATTACK” – A dynamic collaboration with Chimera Project’s Malgorzata Nowacka centering around the domino effect of animal extinction, leading to the human demise.   To be presented at NextSteps Oct. 2015 (30 min.)
  • “SIROCCO” – Middle Eastern/Flamenco fusion production that was part of NextSteps 2014/2015 season. Received Dora nomination for lighting design. (55 min.)
  • “OYA” – Contemporary Flamenco piece performed to Phillip Glass music at Teatro Conde Duque in Madrid, Spain as part of Choreographic competition. – (Dec. 2013)
  • “DANZAS SAGRADAS (SACRED DANCES)” – Danzas Sagradas is a full-length solo production that was produced by and Ritmo Flamenco and Harbourfront’s NextSteps. It was inspired by the revolutionary painting Guernica by Pablo Picasso and was danced in contemporary flamenco style with live music, visual art and film. It received critical acclaim and was performed to sold-out audiences. Received support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. – (Nov. 2013)
  • “SOMBRAS DE LOCURAS (SHADOWS OF MADNESS)” – World premiere at Dance Weekend 2013 and later the Guelph Dance Festival (2013) set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with 3 dancers and performed under Ritmo Flamenco. – (Jan/June 2013)
  • “EL HANOUNEH” – Flamenco Bellydance fusion piece debuted at “Raks Madrid” – Spain’s leading Bellydance Festival. – (July 2012) Same piece would later go on to win in Fusion category at “Bellydancer of the Universe.”
  • THOMAS DOLBY’S CANADIAN TOUR – Performed Bellydance alongside Thomas Dolby in his tour. (2012).
  • “AFTER THE FALL” (Paula Citron Award Winning work) – Performed solo work for FRESH BLOOD at the Enwave Theater. Contemporary Flamenco with a theme of the repression of woman in societies that are not free to express basic civil liberties. Inspired by the film “The stoning of Soraya M.” – (2012).

Awards and Critical Acclaim

  • Won 3 titles at ‘Bellydancer of the Universe” in Long Beach, California February 2013. This competition is one of the most reputable and competitive Bellydance competitions in the World.
  • Recipient of the “Paula Citron FRESH BLOOD Award” for 2012. This award is given out once a year to an outstanding emerging Canadian choreographer.
  • Nominated for the inaugural Young Center Performing Arts Award in the Emerging Artist Category in 2012
  • Received the Chalmers Professional Development Grant and Award to travel to Madrid and study flamenco intensively during July/August of 2011. This award is very difficult to obtain and prestigious to receive.

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  • “Scannura is passionate and compelling. She rivets the eye with her consummate charisma, and as a result, seems to dance rings around her fellows”. – Paula Citron.
  • You could say dance is in her blood, and her individualistic fusion dance style embraces all her journeys”. – Bach track.
  • “A breakout star, Anjelica returns to NextSteps to explore the Arabic roots of flamenco. This Toronto family seamlessly works together, as only a family can, to create beautiful, heart-felt pieces.” – Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate – Dance – Harbourfront Centre.
  • The 21-year-old is so impressive as a dancer that she has been asked to join prestigious flamenco companies in Spain, she is a wild child of dance whose fusion performances radiate a passion that belies her age.” – Paula Citron
  • Full review from Paula Citron of FRESH BLOOD 2012 can be found at this link: