Carmen de Vicente began her studies at the age of seven and earned the degree of Professor of Spanish Dance from the prestigious Royal Superior School of Dramatic Arts and Dance of Madrid, Spain. She studied and trained with the internationally known Mariemma in her native Spain and made her debut in 1985 at the famed Centro Cultural Villa de Madrid Theater
Professor de Vicente is also an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has performed with numerous orchestras, pianists, and guitarists in both the United States and her native Spain. Her U.S. performances are numerous:
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
Barns of Wolftrap
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Mexican Cultural Institute
Metropolitan Club - Washington, DC
Mount Vernon College
Organization of American States
Spanish Institute in New York City
University of North Carolina
Additionally, several of her Spain performances include:
Real Coliseum de Carlos III. San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Palau de la Música, Valencia
Comité de Artes Escénicas y de la Músìca en Alicante
Centro Cultural Villa de Madrid
Federación Nacional de Centros y Casinos Culturales en:
Gran Peña, Madrid
Centro Cultural de los Ejércitos
Tudela (La Rioja)
She has taught at the prestigious Monteprincipe Academy in Madrid, Spain and in the celebrated "San Stanislao de Kostka, El Castillo" in Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid. Her unique credentials and in-depth knowledge of Spanish Dance make her an exceptional resource for not only beginner and advanced students, who want to master this wonderful art, but for instructors as well. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Requiebros Spanish Dance Group.
"...the most mind-boggling castanet playing I have ever heard."
Joseph McLellan, Chief Critic Washington Post
"The castanets in the hands of Carmen de Vicente sounded of celestial glory"
El Tiempo Latino Washington, D.C.
"Carmen de Vicente, a bona fide castanet virtuoso, added a stamp of authenticity to the Iberian tunes..."
John Pitcher, The Washington Post
"Professional artistry with delightful sounds with both the piano and the guitar."
El Hispano Arlington, VA
"...she dazzled the audience with her rapid-fire castanet playing."
"...she radiated flamenco with her gripping staccato."
"It is impossible to take your eyes off of Ms. de Vicente when she is on-stage; not only does she astound you with her presence, she mesmerizes you with her artistry."
"Carmen de Vicente...played brilliantly on the castanets with nuances of phrasing and dynamics that matched the power and subtlety...in de Falla's Ritual Fire Dance."
"...an extraordinary and unforgettable castanet concert artist."
John Salomon, Director School of Music, UNC
Royal Superior School of Dramatic Arts and Dance of Madrid, Spain
Certification in 18th Century Dance from Spain (Escuela Bolera) Classical Spanish Dance (Estilization) Spanish Folklore Dance
From Sra. Dña. Rosa Ruiz Superior Royal School of Dramatic Arts and Dance of Madrid, Spain
From Sr. D. Paco Fernandez
Superior Royal School of Dramatic Arts and Dance of Madrid, Spain