Veronica Maguire


Veronica Maguire is a winner of the prestigious Jacqueline Lemieux Award for her contribution to Dance in Canada. She has shared the stage across Canada with North American and Spanish international flamenco artists. Her longest artistic partnership was with her late husband, acclaimed flamenco guitarist, Harry Owen. Together they co-founded Alma de España Flamenco Dance Company in Victoria in 1991. Recently, their story was the subject of a documentary, Mozaics | A History of Flamenco in Vancouver presented as a series on YouTube by Mozaico Flamenco.

In a career spanning over 50 years as dancer, singer, teacher, director and choreographer, Veronica has produced and directed world-class productions such as Recuerdos in 2011, and Pasajes in 2014. She has performed in many festivals including the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, Dawson City Music Festival, Victoria Flamenco Festival, Vancouver and Victoria Fringe Festivals, and with the Victoria Symphony, as well as in various performances throughout Canada.

As a member of Palabra Flamenco’s collaborative poetry & flamenco productions, she has also performed at the Victoria Festival of Authors. Veronica was one of six artists presented in a film A Quiet Flamenco created by Rosanna Terraciano. She has collaborated on flamenco films, Solo Cantando and Familia Flamenca for the virtual Victoria Flamenco Festival. Currently, Veronica is the coordinator for Alma de España’s Flamenco Tablao at the Mint, a monthly performance series using the traditional flamenco tablao format, in Victoria. Veronica continues to be active in the community as one of the founding members and artistic advisors to the Flamenco de la Isla Society, and as teacher for Flamenco Victoria, all the while staying connected to her adopted home town, Jerez de la Frontera Spain, a touchstone for continued growth and inspiration.

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