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Leadership and Innovation 2024
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X-Traordinary Performance Series: Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernandez

About the Presentation

Join us for a riveting performance by flamenco dancer Sonia Olla, accompanied by the songs of Ismael Fernandez. Lauded as one of the “most charismatic performers”, Sonia & Ismael have worked alongside iconic performers such as Antonio Canales, Eva la Yerbabuena, Rafaela Carrasco, and even Madonna on her worldwide “Rebel Heart Tour”. 

About Sonia Olla

Hailed by The New York Times as “a furnace of earthy sensuality”, Sonia Olla was born and raised in Barcelona when she earned a degree in Spanish Dance and Flamenco at the esteemed “Instituto de Teatro y Danza” in Barcelona. 

She has toured as company member and soloist with flamenco greats such as Antonio Canales, Eva la Yerbabuena, Rafaela Carrasco, Merche Esmeralda, María Pagés, La Farruca, among others. 

Sonia collaborated with the pop-icon Madonna to choreograph the worldwide “Rebel Heart Tour” 2015-2016, and 2017 worked with Ricky Martin providing Flamenco choreography for Lola Lola in his show “All In!” 

About Ismael Fernández 

Described by The Washington Post as the “most charismatic performer” and a “connection to the Gypsy source”, Ismael Fernández was born in Seville, of Gypsy descent, grew up performing in flamenco festivals throughout the world with his internationally renowned family, “La Familia Fernández”. His career began in Spain’s premier flamenco tablaos such as El Cordobés in Barcelona, La Carbonería in Seville and other famous flamenco cuevas of Granada.  

Ismael and Sonia both collaborated with pop-icon Madonna for her “Rebel Heart Tour” – 2015-2016 and samples of Ismael’s voice are featured during “La Isla Bonita.”  He performed as a tribute to Alejandro Sanz at the Latin Grammy’s in 2017 and lent vocals to Ricky Martin’s show “All In!” for the number Lola Lola. 

He currently resides in New York, where he moved in 2014 together with the flamenco dancer Sonia Olla, his partner on and off the stage. Since then, he combines the Cante classes with performance at internationally acclaimed venues such as The New York City Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC), Carnegie Hall (NY), Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA).  

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Sonia Olla

Executive Director & Content Architect
DVMS Institute
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Ismael Fernández 

Co-Founder & CPO
DVMS Institute