Dame Maria del Carmen
The late Maria del Carmen’s career in Spanish dance began at the age of thirteen in New York City. Recognized for her true “Spanish style” and charisma, she has performed throughout the United States, Canada and various South and Central American countries as both a soloist and a choreographer. Following her marriage, she decided to remain in the Michigan area to teach Spanish Dance. In 1990, she was awarded the title, “Dame” by King Juan Carlos of Spain in recognition of her work in Spanish art and culture. Dame Maria founded Grupo España, Spanish Dance Theatre, of which she was the director, instructor, and choreographer. Her granddaughters, Lisa and Mari Montes and longtime company member Victoria Lara carried on her legacy with their own Spanish dance ensemble, Alma Española.