Overall experience: 24 years of training and 18 years of teaching Flamenco.
María del Mar Hinojosa was born in Mexico City in 1980, but she was raised in Monterrey, Mexico where she lived all her life until 2014 when she married and moved to San Diego, CA. She completed her academic studies in 2001 with a bachelor degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Monterrey.
In 1992, she started her dance training at the age of 12 under Betty Villarreal in her Estudio de Danza Flamenco, which later became Instituto Real Flamenco. By 1998 she was already teaching beginner flamenco classes as well as being part of the Institute’s Company.
As a member of the Compañía Real Flamenco, she performed in the following productions: Luna Flamenca in 2003, Inspiración Flamenca in 2005, Esencia Flamenca in 2009 and Lunada Flamenca in 2010.
In 2004, she started teaching intermediate and assisting advanced flamenco groups at Instituto Real Flamenco.
In 2006, she attended the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque presented by the National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico, taking workshops with Adela Campallo, Israel Galván, Pastora Galván, Amador Rojas and Rafael de Carmen. The Festival “is the largest gathering of flamenco dance and music in the United States, with the most diverse and high quality flamenco experience available in terms of education and performance.”
In 2007, she attended Ibérica Contemporánea en México, which has become one of the most important worldwide forums, bringing together the most influential international figures of Spanish, Classical and Contemporary dance . There she took workshops with La China, Manolo Marín and Yolanda Heredia.
María del Mar became a soloist in 2007 of the Compañía Real Flamenco and remained as one until she left Monterrey in 2014.
In 2008, she returned to New Mexico for the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, taking workshops with Rocío Molina, Inmaculada Ortega, Carmen “La Talegona”, Mónica Fernández and Manuel Liñán.
In 2011, she attended the XIII Festival de Arte Flamenco Monterrey, taking workshops with Manolo Marín and Adela Campallo.
María del Mar has also taken workshops with other renowned Flamenco artists such as Antonio “El Chupete” Rodríguez, María Juncal, Farruquito and others.
In 2012, she began experimenting with sewing and designing her own Flamenco costumes.
In 2014, she began her formal training in clothing construction, pattern making and sewn product business development at San Diego Community College. She also launched her line of flamenco practice skirts, which currently sells on her website. During the same year, she started her own dance studio, Pure Flamenco Dance Center, in San Diego, CA.
In 2015, she attended once again the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque presented by the National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico, taking 42 hours of workshops of technique and choreography with Marisol Encinias, Adela Campallo, José Galván, Pastora Galván, Concha Jareño, Ana Salazar and Nino de los Reyes.
In January 2016, María del Mar opened the first flamenco store in San Diego, CA. The Pure Flamenco Store is located in the Arts District at Liberty Station.
In 2016, she returned to New Mexico for the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, taking 42 hours of workshops with Marisol Encinias, Joaquín Encinias, Rocío Molina, Inmaculada Aranda, Belén de la Quintana, Gema Moneo and Manuel Liñán.