Paco Antonio

NMSU Dance Program Faculty & Staff

Frank “Paco” Gilpin

Paco  teaches flamenco, jazz, and world dance. Mr. Antonio has a degree in Dance from the University of New Mexico where he trained extensively in Spanish Dance, Modern and Ballet. He was on the faculty at UNM from 1986-1998 where he was a soloist for Ritmo Flamenco and a member of Dance España. Drawn by his mastery, company directors Eva Enciñas-Sandoval and Pablo Rodarte, have repeatedly featured him in theatrical dance productions as well as traditional flamenco tablao performances.

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He has performed several times in Festival Flamenco Internacional, has lived and studied in Spain, and has performed and taught internationally. He has performed with just about every well known, major American flamenco artist as well as many of Spain’s best performers. Add to these numerous guest appearances with both Tim Wengerd’s and Bill Evan’s modern dance companies and you get a glimpse of the depth of expression and mastery that make Mr. Antonio a highly sought after and exciting performer.

Most recently he was a special guest artist for Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco Benefit Gala, opening her 2002 summer season, and was a featured dancer at the Santa Fe Opera’s 2002 productions of La Traviata and Eugene Onegin. Maria Nockin of Opera Japonica’s International News Letter says of the Santa Fe Opera’s La Traviata, “The Spanish ballet of Act III had interesting choreography and Paco Antonio danced an exciting solo”.

Mr. Antonio recently returned from Louisville, Ky., where he choreographed and danced in Opera Kentucky’s 2002 presentation of La Traviata. He will also be remaking the critically acclaimed “Carmen’s Tango Bar”, an interpretive dance drama with collaborators Lucilene de Geus and Pablo Rodarte and touring with Dance España’s 2003 production of Fuego Iberico.