Members of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board’s Executive Committee met Tuesday and approved $375,000 in grant funding to be awarded to 75 Ohio artists through the OAC’s Individual Excellence Awards program.  Alice Blumenfeld, one of our talented Rainey dance teach artists, was among those to receive this prestigious award from the Ohio Arts Council for Choreography! You can read the official press release here.

Alice Blumenfeld is the founder and artistic director of ABREPASO flamenco. The company’s name means to break open space and their mission is to deepen appreciation for flamenco and create original choreographies, finding new entry points into and new pathways within the art form. Blumenfeld’s recognitions include two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards for Choreography (FY20 & 22), a YoungArts Silver winner, and a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

She grew up in Albuquerque, NM, immersed in flamenco culture and went on to NYC, performing with Nélida Tirado, Romeria Flamenca, and other companies, all while earning a BA in Comparative Literature at New York University, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with highest departmental honors. In 2012, she received a Fulbright Grant to study flamenco choreography and singing in Spain, and upon her return to the U.S., Blumenfeld toured nationally with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and has been a guest artist with many of the preeminent flamenco companies in the U.S.

She graduated from Hollins University with an MFA in Dance in 2017. From 2018-20 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin College & Conservatory, and she is currently an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Akron and part-time faculty at Cleveland State University, Kent State, and Cuyahoga Community College. She is also a teaching artist with the Rainey Institute, the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, and the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and she regularly sets choreographies for companies and colleges across the U.S.

Contratulations Ms. Alice!