“A terrific performer”
“She exposes a beauty in flamenco I doubt any had believed could exist”
Eva María Garrido Garcia, known professionally as Eva Yerbabuena, is a Spanish flamenco dancer. She formed her own dance company in 1998 and won Spain’s National Dance Prize (Premio Nacional de Danza) in 2001. She is considered one of flamenco’s leading performers. Yerbabuena was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1970, but fifteen days after her birth went back to live in her parents’ hometown called Ogíjares in Granada, Spain, where she grew up with her grandparents until she was ten years-old. At age 11 she began her dance career by taking flamenco classes. At the age of 12, she began to dance with Enrique “El Canastero”, Angustillas “La Mona” and Mario Maya. Her professional career began at 15. She studied dramatic arts with Juan Furest and Jesús Domínguez. Afterwards she travelled to Cuba to learn choreography from Johannes García. She was given the name “Yerbabuena” by a friend, Francisco Manuel Díaz, after a flamenco singer named Fransquito Yerbabuena. She has collaborated with Manolete, Merche Esmeralda, Javier Latorre, Joaquín Cortés, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Pina Bausch. Eva Yerbabuena Ballet Flamenco was established in 1998 including her guitarist and husband Paco Jarana as musical director.