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Barcelona native Rosa Mercedes has been hailed by Jennifer Dunning in the New York Times as “sexy and hypnotically precise”. Dance Magazine praised her “virtuoso castanet work”, and Tobi Tobias in New York Magazine wrote “Mercedes is a delight, with lots of sparkle and tremendous elegance”. She has enjoyed an international critically-acclaimed career as a principal dancer performing throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Canada with companies including Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, Compañía Flamenca de Carmen Cortes, Ballet Español de Lucia Real y El Camborio, Ballet Español de Madrid, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Ballet Español Rosita Segovia and Duende Ballet Español, where she served as artistic director. She has also had an enormously successful career choreographing for opera, with companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, Opera di Roma, Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Michigan Opera Theatre, Palm Beach Opera and Florida Grand Opera.

Rosa Mercedes is currently a panelist for the NFAA Young Arts, where she has also served as a master teacher. Other places she has taught include Aspen Ballet School, Ballet Arts – Hennepin Center in Minne-apolis, Tampa Bay Flamenco Dance Company, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Escuela de Danza Rosita Segovia in Barcelona, Instituto de los Artes in Cancun, Mexico, Institute of Spanish Arts in Santa Fe, South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Zorongo Flamenco Dance in Minneapolis. She is currently on the faculty of Miami City Ballet School and the Harid Conservatory, where she has taught for over 10 years.