Ania "La Candela" Bio

Ania Bartelmus, "La Candela", is a flamenco dancer based in Atlanta, GA, and the Founder/Director of La Candela Company. She trained with Spain’s top flamenco artists during her 3 year stay in Sevilla. Upon her return, Ania performed as a soloist for Calo Gitano Flamenco Dance Company, and as a guest dancer with Berdole Flamenco, Julie Baggenstoss. She has appeared in venues including Spanish tablaos, US venues, CBS program “Better Mornings Atlanta” and PBS program “This is Atlanta”.  Ania was a featured dancer in the music video “Kiss the Night” by Summer Azul, and principal dancer for David Maldonado's flamenco symphony tour "Noche de Pasion". In 2019 Ania was chosen as a finalist for the Flamenco Vivo Certamen USA competition. In 2020, Ania was commissioned to create choreography for the City of Atlanta’s project “Pandemic Atlanta”. As director of La Candela Company Ania collaborates with local musicians to create flamenco arrangements and flamenco fusion piece, which she also produces. 

Contact

To book Ania, or contact her for interviews and collaborations, please use the contact form or contact her directly at [email protected]

 

 

 

Flamenco Dancer

Authentic flamenco dancer trained with the top flamenco artists.

 

Flamenco Teacher

Ania offers classes on any levels in English, Spanish or Polish.

 

Choreographer

Flamenco choreographer for any flamenco themed or Spanish themed production.

Why “La Candela”?

When studying at the Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla, Ania took classes with singer Curro Fernandez, who sometimes substituted for his daughter Esperanza Fernandez. During the class Curro fondly called Ania “Rubia de la Candela,” a nickname that represents Ania’s dancing; passionate and mesmerizing.


Awards and Honors

2020 - Pandemic Atlanta Choreography Acquisition by the City of Atlanta

2020 - Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Concorcio participant/ scholarship recipient

2012 - Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla scholarship recipient


Past Productions

  • A dos Guitarras
  • Noche de Pasion, a David Maldonado flamenco symphony tour.
  • Fieldwork. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
  • Raices, a Flamenco journey. Atlanta, GA
  • Dance 101. I’d Rather be dancing, Atlanta, GA

US Venues

  • Renzo Piano Pavilion, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Kenosha Symphony Hall, Kenosha, WI
  • Ritz Carlton, Benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta, GA
  • International Festival, Spartanburg, SC
  • Winthrop University, SC
  • Cinema Verde Film Festival. Gainesville, FL
  • Children's Museum of Atlanta
  • High Museum of Arts Atlanta
  • Decatur Sidewalk Saturdays
  • Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA
  • Harvest Midtown, Atlanta, GA
  • Dogwood Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • Tapa Tapa, Atlanta, GA
  • Vino Libro, Atlanta, GA
  • Cuerno, Atlanta, GA
  • Bokitas, Woodstock, GA
  • Kavarna, Atlanta, GA
  • Festival Latino. Ft Walton Beach, FL
  • Emory University Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Atlanta Cuban Club

Spanish Venues

  • Sala Garufa, Seville, Spain
  • Caja Negra, Seville, Spain
  • Cafe del Arte, Seville, Spain
  • Flamenqueria, Triana, Spain
  • Peña la Fragua, Seville, Spain
  • Teatro Casala, Triana, Spain
  • Festival Cruz de Mayo en Pumarejo, Seville, Spain
  • II Festival Solitario de la Fundacion Vicente Ferrer. Aracena, Spain

Full Bio

Ania Bartelmus is the lead dancer as well as founder and director of La Candela Company. Ania’s love affair with flamenco started years ago when she first saw a live flamenco show in her hometown Wrocław. Before discovering flamenco she trained in many other dance forms, theater and gymnastics but it wasn’t until she saw flamenco that she became passionate enough to pursue it as a career. Her passion for flamenco made her leave everything and move to Seville, Spain to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional flamenco dancer and start her own company. Upon her return to Atlanta, Ania started collaborating with other national flamenco artists and kept going back and forth to Seville for more training and more performing experience. Eventually, in 2014, Ania started her first company called Ania Flamenco which last year became known as La Candela Company. La Candela means the flame and is also Ania’s nickname. It was in Seville that Ania received her nickname from the renowned flamenco signer Curro Fernandez who saw flamenco flame in Ania.

  

Ania is in charge of musical and dance arrangements, booking national and international artists for her shows as well as managing company’s day to day operations. She lives her dream of making a living with flamenco, creating new shows and dancing every day. Ania listens to flamenco music, her exercise is dance, and her favorite travel destination is Spain. Even her partner Greg is very involved in flamenco and is behind most of the photos and videos that you see of La Candela Company, as well as, all the stage and equipment needs. 


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