Oleaje Flamenco is a Seattle-based group of musicians and dancers who share a passion for Flamenco music and dance. Each of us continues to be deeply moved each day with the depth and power of Flamenco, and we are both honored and proud to represent this unique art form with humility, authenticity and love. With a rich background in a variety of musical and movement styles, together we create exciting and mesmerizing Flamenco shows that will leave you inspired.
A lifelong dancer and artist, Amelia Moore began teaching and dancing professionally at the age of 17 as a Bellydancer with World Music and Dance group Children of the Revolution. Under the tutelage of her dance mentor Susan Evans, she studied stagecraft, choreography and the dramatic arts, all of which led her to develop her own dance studio and performing company from 2000-2005. Meanwhile, onstage with Eric & Encarnacion from Children of the Revolution and Flamenco de Raiz, she was learning the complex rhythmic accompaniment of palmas while slowly falling in love with Flamenco. Since 2006 she has devoted herself to the art of Flamenco. In addition to her ongoing studies with her main teacher and inspiration Encarnacion ‘La Paloma’, she has been influenced by her studies with Maria Bermudez Sara de Luis and Cihtli Ocampo, and has studied regularly and intensively with Andres Pena and Pastora Galvan, among others. A lifelong student, she continues to travel often to study and be inspired by great artists of Flamenco. With a degree in Spanish and Dance from the University of Washington and 20 years of teaching experience, she is passionate about teaching and delights in awakening a love and freedom of movement in her students. In 2009 she co-founded Oleaje Flamenco with her husband Miguel Mejia, and currently performs and teaches Flamenco and Yoga full-time in the Seattle area.
Yume Terai, is one of Japan’s emerging professional dancers. Having just finished her 2016 Tour Sueño Flamenco in Japan. Terai now makes her debut in the U.S. Originally from Fukui, she began her dance studies at the age of 8 years old with classical ballet. Yume Terai’s thirst for knowledge and adventure took her abroad to study in Australia when she was 18 years old. In Australia she received a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary dance and Theater design. It wasn’t until the age of 20 that Terai discovered Flamenco and quickly knew this was her true passion. Terai left for Spain and started her intensive studies in Flamenco dance. From 2008 – 2013 Terai studied with renowned dancer Pepa Martinez. From 2013 – 2015 Terai studied at the Fundacion Cristina Heeren in Sevilla under teachers Milagros Menjibar, Luisa Palicio, and Javier Baron. After graduating from the Fundacion Cristina Heeren Terai began actively performing in Sevilla. Some of the venues that she has performed at in Sevilla include: La Flamenqueria, Peña Niño de alfalfa, Bar puerta sol and La caja negra. Yume Terai continues to divide her time between Spain and Japan as a teacher and performer.
Daniel Azcarate is America’s premier emerging flamenco singer and currently works as a professional singer in Sevilla, Spain, throughout North America, Canada, and Japan. Azcarate started studying flamenco guitar at the age of 19, and took up flamenco singing (cante) while visiting Sevilla two years later, where he realized that singing was his true passion. Back in the U.S., Azcarate studied with renowned singers like Jesus Montoya, Vicente Griego, and Cristo Cortes. Soon he was in-demand at the local tablaos in his hometown of Seattle, both as a singer and guitarist. In 2013, Azcarate returned to Seville to study flamenco singing fulltime at the famed flamenco school Fundacíon Cristina Heeren. Since then, he has become a regular voice in the Sevilla flamenco scene, regularly appearing at well-known tablaos like Caja Negra, Sala Garufa, Bar puerta Sol and La Flamenqueria, as well as at the Feria de Abril in Sevilla. He also continues to be an in-demand Singer internationally and has toured with dancer Melinda Hedgecorth’s “Flamenco Mio” U.S. tour, Canada’s Fin de Fiesta Flamenco tour and Yume Terai’s Sueño Flamenco tour in Japan. Azcarate currently divides his time between Seville and Seattle, and recently recorded his debut CD, Mi Camino Flamenco.
Jed Miley is a Flamenco guitarist, composer, producer and teacher based in Seattle. He began playing Flamenco guitar in 1996, after hearing a recording of Sabicas. In Seattle, Jed was lucky to find Marcos Carmona as his first Flamenco guitar teacher and later worked in La Pena Flamenca de Seattle with Rubina Carmona. In 2003, he moved to New York where he worked professionally for several years, playing at prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, Caramoor Festival, Jacob’s Pillow and various tablaos. In 2009, Jed joined Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and performed, toured and acted as a teaching artist with the company for three years. Jed has studied extensively in Seville, Spain at La Fundacion Cristina Heeren with Nino de Pura, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, and Pedro Sierra. In addition to playing traditional Flamenco, Jed is known for stretching harmonic and melodic structures with his Flamenco fusion projects and collaborates with artists such as Alfonso Cid, Elena Andujar, Miguel Vargas, and Sara Erde. In 2011, Jed travelled to Spain as a producer of the documentary, “Hola, Flamenco” that aired at the Philadelphia independent film festival in the summer of 2012. He recently finished producing a Flamenco/Jazz fusion album for the guitarist Nathan Herrera, Sueños, which was released in January 2012, and his own Flamenco Rock band Dientes de Caramelo released their debut album, Pulpo, in March 2012. Since returning to Seattle, Jed has been working on creating his new recording studio, Pinche Studios, which opened in 2013.