Lola ‘la Jindra’ (1989) came into contact with Spanish culture very early in her life. As a child she visited her Spanish neighbours daily. It made the language, the music and dishes like ‘paella’ and ‘tapas’ feel natural to her. When she was 17 years old she went to Valencia to better learn the Spanish language. While enjoying this great city with its historical center, lovely beaches, fine food and rich culture, something seemed to still be missing. Lola always wanted to learn Flamenco dancing, but those dancing school are hard to find in Valencia.
Later in her life, during a journalism study in Antwerp, Belgium, she joined the Spanish association ‘Pena al Andalus’ to take dance classes from Ana Ramon. Which is where she was infected by the Flamenco virus. Every single educational break was used to travel to different southern Spanish cities to take extensive dance classes. She finally ending up in Madrid in a student exchange program, taking college classes during the day and dancing classes at night. These dancing classes at the famous dance school ‘Amor de Dios’ made her decide to become a professional dancer (and not a journalist).
First, Lola worked as an intern at Carmen de las Vuevas in Granada, taking dancing classes every single day. She then moved to Seville to follow a two-year flamenco dance course at the well known ‘Fundacíon Cristina Heeren’. There she enriched her powerful dancing style from Granada with the graciousness of the elegant ‘escuela sevillana’.
Lola’s biggest dreams came true when she was asked to perform at the Festival de las Cuevas in Sacromonte (Granada) in 2013 and at the ‘Miércoles a Compás’ cycle in 2014. Both unforgettable experiences. In 2016 Lola left for Dubai for three moths to perform dance recitals and give dancing classes at the ‘Flamenco Art & Entertainment’ dance company.
Lola lives in Seville, pursuing her flamenco dance career. She is also following the steps of her late grandfather who used to be a tailor. Both he and her mother teached Lola the tricks to the trade. In Spain Lola took courses in sketching clothing patterns and sewing specific flamenco clothing. She started her own clothing line ‘Made by Lola’, sewing and selling Flamenco dancing skirts made from original and colourful fabrics.