Anita's physical body left us quite a while now, however her spirit is always present
at all our performances. Her love for flamenco has inspired us to continue with the art and the organization she loved so
Eddie has been the artistic director since Anita's death. Eddie's energy and his
dedication to the Society are the main factors in the Society's growth and the reason the organization has the reputation
of providing top talent and variety.
Rubina has been dancing flamenco for over 30 years, and has studied with some of
the greatest instructors in Spain: Concha Vargas, El Torombo, Angelita Vargas, Juana Amaya, and Pepa Montes. She has also
performed for 5 years in one of the most traditional flamenco clubs in Seville, La Carboneria. She is well-known in California
as a flamenco singer. Rubina draws from this rich palette to produce moving and exciting classes, and brings the soul of Andalucian
traditional flamenco into the environment.
Along with Anita Sheer, Adela is one of the founding members of the Flamenco Society.
While living in Spain in the 1970's, she had the opportunity
to study under renowned figures of the art, particularly at Don Pohren's seminars in Morón de la Frontera, where she cultivated
the gypsy style.
Her performing career
extends over 30 years, in the U. S. , Europe and Egypt, including her own company "Los Fiesteros".
Her long teaching career includes San Jose State University,
West Valley College, the New York José Limón Co. and the Flamenco Society.
She currently shares her time between South Florida
and the Bay Area. When she is in town, she dedicates her time instructing our Tuesday dance classes.
Chris Cucuzza, accomplished soloist, ensemble artist, accompanist and composer, has been performing flamenco
guitar for over fifteen years. He has played extensively in Montreal, Quebec and locally in San Jose, where he currently
directs guitar instruction for The Flamenco Society of San Jose. His music, which is rooted in traditional flamenco, is
always original, spontaneous, and very alive.
Chris is the Flamenco Society’s current guitar instructor. In addition, he is the primary choice for
the Society’s performances and demonstration lectures.
Koko has studied flamenco dance in her native Japan, and in
Spain. In Kobe, Japan she studied under El Poka Okasaki and
Angelita Vargas. In Spain she studied under El Junco, Juana Amaya, Eva la
Yerbabuena, Belen Maya, and El Güito.
Living in the Bay Area since 1997, she has regularly
performed at local tablaos, and concert halls. She is respected as one
of the area’s top instructors and choreographers. Koko has been an instructor
for the Flamenco Society for the last six years.
Vinny has been a member of the Society for the last 2 years, acting as a
Catalina has been a member of the Flamenco Society since 1997. She is the Secretary/Tresurer
of the Board of Directors, in addition assistance to Artistic Director.