Victoria Lara is one of the founding members of the Spanish Dance Company Alma Española. This company, which features local talent from Metro Detroit, was founded in 2003, while Victoria was a principal dancer with the late Dame Maria Del Carmen’s Grupo España. Alma Española, or “Spanish Soul,” is dedicated to preserving the traditional art forms as well as the more popular artistic form of Flamenco from Spain. Alma Española performs nearly every facet of Spanish dance from Regional and Classical to Flamenco.
Victoria Lara started dancing at a young age with formal study in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Middle Eastern dance. She has won Over-all and First Place status in several dance competitions and was also a member of the Windsor City Ballet Company, performing in The Nutcracker. Her love for Flamenco started when she saw Grupo España perform in a tablao. Dame Maria del Carmen then became her mentor, from whom she learned Flamenco, and Spanish Regional Dances. She danced with Dame Maria’s Grupo España as a principal dancer in many venues, including the Detroit Opera House, Meadowbrook Theatre (with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Michigan Theatre, Oakland Community College, Cambridge Arts, The Players Club, and Music Hall. She has also danced at the top tablao settings in Metro Detroit and throughout Michigan. Other Master Flamenco artists that Victoria studied with include Vida Peral, Paco Alonso, and Wendy Clinard.