I like to ask questions, to be bold, to be adventurous. I like to take risks. I think art should do the same and by doing so, offer up new perspectives, create an impact, and ask us to travel into unknown spaces, both as an artist and a viewer. This is where I create from. I begin by asking questions about things that resonate with me; questions like, “What does it mean to be a woman?” or “How does queer theory relate to me and the community I belong to?” Through research and conversation, I attempt to expand my perspective of these questions beyond the limits of my own experiences in order to engage in a larger dialogue with the world around me.
I am often interested in uncovering the humor, sensuality, and unrefined beauty that lay within each new work. These are qualities that I seek in life, so I seek them in my art. For me, these qualities help me find a new way to listen to the seriousness of life around me. It is not an attempt to ignore that which is serious; in fact sometimes it brings out an intensity that is unexpected, yet utterly satisfying and beautiful.
Through questioning and examining my process as an artist, the hope is to bring into fruition art that is not just a statement, but a space to engage in more questions. It hopes to expose the sometimes hidden layers of life and ask life to be viewed from a different lens.
Basile started dancing professionally when she was 15 years old. At 20 years old, she moved to Spain and honed her craft there for 15 years, making a name for herself as the flamenco dancer, “La Chimi.”
It is hard for a foreigner to break into the world of professional, Spanish flamenco, but she did so successfully and thrived. She travels internationally to perform and teach master classes.
Despite her success in Spain, Basile made the decision to return to San Diego. She hopes to expand the tight knit flamenco community in San Diego and share her talent and passion.
Basile’s goal is to expand her opportunities with her own theater productions. She would like to bring in national and international talent in order to have more artistic possibilities when presenting flamenco productions.
Her idea is to create higher quality live performances in San Diego for both the flamenco and non-flamenco communities alike. She hopes to be a type of ambassador of Flamenco art in San Diego.
Promo 'Zarabanda, Lo que Duerme en el Cuerpo de los Gitanos', Lakshmi Basile
Lara Segura is a bi-coastal artist with extensive experience as a professional dancer, actress, teacher, producer and choreographer. In 2005 Lara graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from San Diego State University and was named the Outstanding Graduate in Dance. She was later named the 2012 Dance Alumni of the Year for SDSU. She is honored to have trained and performed with Mojalet Dance Collective, Malashock Dance, Patricia Sandback & Dancers, Joe Alter Dance, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, the PGK Dance Project, Braided Light Dance, Creatively Independent and Jacksonville Dance Theater. In 2011, she founded and has served as the Artistic Director of B-Dance, a contemporary dance company.She is also the co-founder and producer for IGNITE, an annual choreography showcase in San Diego, California. Currently, Lara serves as the assistant to the Artistic Director, company dancer and faculty member at Malashock Dance. In 2014 she obtained her MFA in choreography from Jacksonville University where she served as an adjunct faculty member. Whether residing on the East or West coast, Lara continually strives to support the concepts of community, ensemble, audience engagement and the accessibility of dance.
Claudia is a native San Diegan and her love and passion for tap dance has taken her to live in New York City and learn from masters all over the country.
You can find her teaching, performing and playing percussion at studios and jazz venues around San Diego, New Orleans and New York City. She recorded an album with Besos de Coco, and plays with jazz bands such Trio Gadjo, Besos Jazz Trio, and Gilbert Castellanos. She currently teaches advanced tap dance for adults at Vernetta's Dance Studio in North Park on Mondays at 8pm.
Claudia is also a 200hr registered yoga teacher and certified Reiki Master and Energy Healer. Her specialty is not only in tap dance but also in gentle yoga flows, restorative yoga, and yoga for children.
Claudia is honored and grateful to be holding time and space for your personal healing journey, tap dancing, and musical needs in and out of San Diego.