People often ask Rosetta how she came to choose flamenco as her profession. After all, she isn't from Spain, and she has no Spanish ancestors (as far as she knows).
She always answers that it's because she saw the potential of flamenco to change the lives of women -- of every walk of life -- in powerful ways that have to be experienced to be believed.
In addition to directing Flamenco Chicago Dance Studio, Rosetta Magdalen has been a member and/or soloist with several flamenco companies, including Soul y Duende Spanish Dance Theatre, Sueños de Fuego, and Alma Flamenca. She honed her skills not only through theatrical performances, but through years of weekly tablao-style performances in Chicago’s best Spanish restaurants and clubs.
Rosetta has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times/Pioneer Press, Dance Teacher magazine, Gapers Block, Chicagoist, Beverly Review, and other publications. In July 2010, Flamenco Chicago was featured as “Chicago’s Best Flamenco Class” by Chicago’s Best on WGN-TV. In March 2012, CBS-TV rated Flamenco Chicago “Best of Spain in Chicago.” In 2013, ABC-TV featured Flamenco Chicago on its Ñ Beat program.
About Rosetta, Trine Tsouderos of the Chicago Tribune writes: “Beautiful, seductive movement. She looks like a proud peacock with the coiled power of a tiger ready to pounce.”
Rosetta has taught, performed and/or choreographed for Beverly Arts Center, Chicago Ballet Arts, Chicago Tap Theatre, Columbia College, DePaul University School of Music, Elmhurst College, Lake Forest College, Na’ama Rose Dance Center, and other area educational institutions.
She has coached ballroom dancers on flamenco styling for paso doble, and also consults with actors and singers in the development of flamenco-related roles. In this capacity, she has coached actors in the plays “Summer and Smoke” and “Wintertime” and has coached sopranos in interpretation of the roles of Carmen and Mercedes in the opera “Carmen.” Rosetta has coached actors in two productions of the musical “Bernarda Alba”: for the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble and for the Columbia College Department of Musical Theatre.
Among other projects, Rosetta has created flamenco-fusion choreography for Chicago Tap Theatre, created choreography for a contestant in the popular Univision reality/beauty competition “Nuestra Belleza Latina,” and mounted an Argentine tango/flamenco collaboration with Tango 21.
Rosetta began intensive study of flamenco in 1992, after years of serious training in classical ballet and folkloric dance as well as grounding in modern, jazz, and tap dance. Among the prominent teachers of flamenco dance with whom she has studied, both in Spain and in Chicago, are: Dame Libby Komaiko, Edo Sie, Azucena Vega, La Tati, Carmela Greco, Ciro, Victorio Korjhan, and Manuela Reyes. She is also a certified yoga teacher at the RYT200 level. She brings together great depth of knowledge of expressive movement, the human body, dance history, choreography, and theatrical staging.
Rosetta’s teaching is distinguished by having trained several students who are performing as flamenco dancers professionally and semi-professionally, both in the US and abroad.
Flamenco Chicago Studio averages between 6 and 12 weekly classes on its schedule, usually ranging from Fundamentals 1 (absolute beginner) through Intermediate. Advanced students who feel they are not enough challenged in our Intermediate level, generally opt for private lessons with Rosetta. All classes are taught at our 2914 W. Belmont Ave. location. Here's where to find out more about our weekly group classes.
Flamenco Chicago Productions has provided flamenco entertainment for corporate events, private parties, schools, and universities since 1999. Flamenco Chicago Studio celebrated its 15th anniversary in March 2018.