Victorio teaches a traditional flamenco style that has been greatly influenced by some of his former teachers, including El Farruco, a gypsy who truly symbolized for him someone capable of expressing through dance the entire history of his race. While tradition remains the essential part of his class, Victorio does experiment with more contemporary forms of Spanish dance as a means of broadening one's horizon.
In addition to teaching a formalized structure of heel work, body posture, turns, and rhythmic patterns, Victorio has developed an innovative style of arm movements that creates a more dynamic form of expression. As he describes it: "The audience should listen to the dancer's feet but be totally absorbed by what one is expressing with the upper body."
Former ballet soloist of the Metropolitan Opera, and scholarship student at Juilliard Sarah Lawrence, and the Martha Graham School, Victorio studied flamenco in Spain for seven years. He has worked with many renowned teachers including Antonio Triana, El Farruco, Enrique El Cojo, Mariquita Flores, Rafael Amargo, El Gitanillo de Bronce, Angel Torres, Concha Vargas, La Tati, Antonio del Castillo, Alberto Lorca, La China, Alejandro Granados, Manolete and Soledad Barrio.
Victorio has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe with guest appearances at Carnegie Hall, Radio City, Madison Square Garden, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the MGM Hotel, and the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has also choreographed for United Artists and Columbia Films, and has received letters of recommendation from Sam Spiegel, Charlton Heston, and from directors Frank Schaffner, David Lean, and George Wolfe.
Victorio has taught Spanish dance to soloists of the Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and to the Broadway cast of "Forever Tango". He has also given master classes in flamenco at universities and dance academies throughout the U.S., including the Alvin Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre School, Northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Universities, Cornell, and The Boston Conservatory. In addition, he has been a guest teacher for The Dance Educators of America, the Chicago National Association of Dance, the Dance Teachers Summit, and is a long-term faculty member of the Steps on Broadway in New York.
Victorio has also completed two screenplays, one of which is about the Spanish civil war and a gypsy flamenco family who lived through it. The script is currenly in the hands of a major producer.
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