Chiara Mangiameli -
Founder/ Artistic Director
A native Italian, Chiara Lucia Mangiameli is a graduate of The Theater School at De Paul University. Her performance career spanning almost twenty five years includes roles in Mary Zimmermans's Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci at the Goodman Theater, as well as Arthur Laurents' Time Of The Cuckoo at New York's Lincoln Center. Most recently, Chiara shared the stage with celebrity chef Rick Bayless in the Lookingglass Theater's ground-breaking production Cascabel.
Ms. Mangiameli's education in flamenco began nearly twenty years ago in Chicago, and subsequently brought her to deepen her studies in Seville and Madrid. She has since collaborated with critically acclaimed groups such as The Guitars Of Spain and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater; guitarist and composer Diego Alonso; and music institutions such as Fulcrum Point and Chicago Sinfonietta. Under her direction, Studio Mangiameli is one of the fastest growing studios devoted to Flamenco in the greater Chicago area. In 2016, Studio Mangiameli was featured alongside other prominent US flamenco studios at the internationally renowned Albuquerque Flamenco Festival's opening day. Ms. Mangiameli has single handedly directed, choreographed and produced five themed dance concerts with Studio Mangiameli - A Través Del Espejo, Quejíos, Tides, Love Song and Rose Of Damascus - highlighting the achievements of upwards of seventy student dancers over the years.
Her studies with artists such as Miguel Vargas, La Choni, Paloma Gómez, David Romero and Adrián Santana have given her a versatile base and appreciation for the traditional as well as the contemporary; a thorough understanding of the cante, its dynamics and structure. Chiara's attention to detail and a careful study of technique are the hallmarks of her classes, whether working with fans, bata de cola or castanets.
Founded by Chiara Mangiameli in June of 2011 in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood, Studio Mangiameli makes it home today in the heart of Evanston's vibrant Main-Dempster Mile and is one of the most well-established flamenco dance studios in the greater Chicago area.
The mission of Studio Mangiameli is to offer a thorough immersion in the cultural art form of flamenco, inspired by the flamenco dance studios of Seville, Spain. Open to beginners as well as seasoned dancers, the studio offers a wide variety of classes, guest artist workshops, and an in-studio performance series called OFFSTAGE.