For over 15 years, Deborah "La Caramelita" has enchanted international audiences with her unique dance style. Deborah's striking moves are inspired by the passion, power and sensuality of flamenco and her Indian heritage.
Deborah began her flamenco journey in Vancouver, at Centro Flamenco's professional dance program founded by Rosario Ancer. Deborah was the youngest dancer to be accepted into the training program. Her passion lead her to Andalucía where she studied with exceptional dancers such as Juana Amaya, Carmen Ledesma, Manuel Liñán, La Moneta and Miguel Ángel Heredia.
Her fusion dance style comes alive with Flamenco/Turkish/Middle Eastern group, "QAIRO”, touring Canada this September. She will also be working flamenco/jazz artists, Lara Wong (fellow Lord Byng alumni) and Mélon Jiménez during their BC tour this August.
Past work includes the social-cultural project "Pacha Uchuk" in Ecuador, the Western Canadian tour of "Mis Hermanas" (winner of the 2009 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography), the Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver folk festivals with “Les Noces Gitanes”, flamenco-equestrian productions in the south of France, as well as international dance festivals across Europe, South America, Africa and North America.
She lives in Bordeaux, France with her husband, flamenco singer, Alejandro Mendía.