Antonia Cruz Arias
Antonia Cruz Arias, flamenco cantaora (singer), was born in 1988 in San Francisco. Her paternal grandmother was California-born Spanish singer Elena Acevedo. Antonia was raised in the world of flamenco, but began her formal music and dance training in the classical tradition at age four. She studied classical and jazz technique at the Catholic Institute, flamenco cante at the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Seville, Spain, and flamenco dance in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. She has also studied intensively with Jesus Montoya, Gypsy singer from Seville. Antonia has sung for many important artists such as Antonio Hidalgo, Nelida Tirado and Edwin Aparicio, and has shared the stage with other singers including Rocio Soto from Jerez, Spain, Alfonso Cid from Seville and Marcos Marin, and has been the singer for the classes of La Chiqui de Jerez. Antonia sings for all performances of Flamenco del Encuentro and the Herencia Arabe Project. When she was a student at St. Joseph's University, she performed in the Folklore Project's Dance Happens Here program (December 2007), and was one of the women featured in the 2007 PFP exhibition All that we do.