Paloma Ríos began learning Flamenco at the age of nine and at fifteen, was already performing professionally and teaching dance lessons. In 2005, she was awarded the title of “Spirit of Fiesta” as Santa Barbara’s cultural ambassador and thereafter lived in Spain; studying full time in Jerez de la Frontera, Sevilla, and Madrid with the Gypsy Dynasty known as the “Farrucos”. There she also studied with countless flamenco greats including: Manuela Carrasco, Antonio El Pipa, and Juana Amaya. Upon her return, she founded the Paloma Ríos School of Flamenco where she taught ages 4 and up until 2013. She now teaches and performs independently in the greater NYC area.