Biography

Clara Rodriguez is artistic director and founder of AguaClara Flamenco, based in Oakland, CA.  She has been training and working professionally in the flamenco world for 25 years, and has since been a featured soloist in productions throughout the United States, Spain, Portugal and India.  


At an early age in her native Santa Barbara, California, she began training with Roberto Amaral, Linda Vega and Kathy Cota, attending workshops with visiting artists from Spain including Eva La Yerbabuena, Belen Maya, Domingo Ortega and Andres Marin. 


After completing her B.A. in Ethnomusicology at UCLA, Clara began working in the local tablaos or flamenco dance venues and theaters of Los Angeles. She performed regularly with Soniquete Flamenco, directed by Jose Tanaka, and as soloist and company member with Roberto Amaral’s company “España Clásica”.  She appeared at the Fountain Theatre “Forever Flamenco” series, Greek Theater, Kodak Theater, and Alex Theater.  In 2005 she had the opportunity to join Benise as a flamenco soloist in a PBS Special and twenty-city US tour “Nights of Fire”, and was later invited to perform in India along with the company at the Jaipur Palace.  In 2007 Clara danced in the music video for Iron and Wine “Boy with a Coin”.


During the three years she resided in southern Spain, Clara performed regularly at such venues as Tablao Albayzin, Venta el Gallo, Eshavira, and Zoraya de los Jardines alongside such noted artists as Rafalín Habichuela, Emilio Maya, Ana Calí and Juan Angel Tirado amongst others.  She has studied extensively in Sevilla, Granada and Madrid with master teachers Juana Amaya, Concha Vargas, Andrés Marín, Isabel Bayón, Andres Peña, Úrsula Lopez, Ana Calí, Patricia Guerrero and a host of others.  During this time she also studied flamenco singing with Inés Bacán of Lebrija.


In 2010 she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and established the company AguaClara Flamenco in 2011.  The company presented “Somos Tierra: A Flamenco Landscape” in 2012 and "Diálogos" in 2015 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco, produced by the Azahar Dance Foundation.  In 2016 the company presented “Martinete” at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, and has been commissioned to present a piece in the 40th anniversary festival in July 2018 at the War Memorial Opera House.  AguaClara Flamenco has presented in the 2016 and 2017 San Francisco International Arts Festival, and will present "Dónde Esta Don Quixote" along with co-director San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company in the 2018 SFIAF season.


Frequently featured as soloist with the leading flamenco companies of the region including Yaelisa Caminos Flamencos, La Tania Baile Flamenco, and Theatre Flamenco, Clara has appeared on the stages of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, War Memorial Opera House, Palace of Fine Arts, deYoung Museum, Paramount Theatre of Oakland, and others.  In 2014 she had the honor to share the stage with the late and legendary Kathak dancer Chitresh Das in his production of Yatra along with Antonio Hidalgo of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana.  As a company member of Caminos Flamencos “Nuevas Tendencias”, the group was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for “Best Company” in 2015.


Clara performs regularly on the local flamenco circuit, with appearances at Thirsty Bear, The Sound Room, Yoshi’s, Rhythmix Cultural Works, The New Parish, La Peña Cultural Center, Ashkenaz and others.  She currently holds regular dance classes in Oakland and also offers workshops outside the Bay Area.  In 2018 she became Adjunct Faculty at UC Berkeley teaching flamenco dance.  A lifelong musician in addition to her dance career, Clara is a classically trained pianist and holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in Ethnomusicology.