MahaVia is the creation of Julianna “La Patita” Thomas and Derren Davidavich Crosby. Both of them coming from a background in tradional Spanish flamenco and performance arts, they have joined with a wonderful array of singers, dancers, and musicians in order to present unique and exciting events not soon forgotten.
Members of MahaVia
Julianna 'LaPatita' Thomas
Dancer, singer, costume designer, seamstress, artist- her passions know no bounds….. Seduced by flamenco at an early age, she sold everything she owned and moved to New York City to pursue her true calling. Her time in New York was spent soaking up as much flamenco as possible and studying with Andrea Del Conte, Barbara Martinez, Carmela Greco, and Jose Galvan.
New York was good, but the birth-place of duende called her like a pulsing beacon in the night. With much encouragement from Ms. Del Conte, her continued flamenco study has taken her to Granada, Spain in 2006 to study under Marie Carmen Guerrero and Melena Sessano, then to California with La Fibi and guitarist David Fitzsimmons. She returned to Boise in April of 2009 from Sevilla, Spain where she studied for 7 months with master teachers Juan del Gastor, Concha Vargas, Juan Polvillo, and Paqui del Rio. She has been performing and teaching flamenco since 2005 and continues to study with her teachers in Portland, New York and Spain.
Derren Davidavich Crosby
Derren began his flamenco training in 2010 under Mark Fergeson of Portland, Oregon. Drawn to the vitality, the collaborative energy, and the deep emotion of this unique music, he was slowly pulled further and further in to it. After studying with Mark for several years, Derren finally made his way to Spain where he studied at Carmen de las Cuevas in the magical city of Granada. Continually humbled and inspired by flamenco, Derren hopes to share his excitement and energy with any who care to listen.
J.Rebeca Rivero Kinsey
J. Rebeca Rivero Kinsey (formerly Suarez) is a musician, songwriter, and singer. The daughter of a luthier and traditional musician from the mountains of Virginia, and grand-daughter of a traditional musician from Venezuela, Kinsey’s love of music began at an early age. This love affair has carried her to various parts of the world, culminating in Caracas, Venezuela and Seville, Spain, where she spent years dedicated to the intense study of Flamenco. Her deep appreciation for traditional music intertwines with her passion for songwriting, creating music that has often been described as modern, yet haunting.
Ms. Kinsey has written and recorded two solo albums, and her work has been featured in productions by Off Center Dance, and the NW Emmy nominated documentary, Bluebird Man, for which she wrote the soundtrack. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho where she raises teenagers, studies Gaelic, and sings Flamenco for Mahavia.
As a resident of Boise, Kelli has been involved in choreography and dance performance with groups including Off Center Dance, Idaho Dance Theater, and Drop Dance Collective. Kelli currently teaches dance at the Idaho Arts Charter School. She has obtained an MA in Dance from CSU, Long Beach and an MFA in Dance and Choreography from UW, Milwaukee. Kelli began her journey in Flamenco 2002- 2003. After a long break, she began to study under Julianna Thomas and has not stopped since. Her studies have included training with Oscar Nieto, Belen Amaya, Adriana Maresma Fois and traveling to Spain numerous times. She is honored to be part of this amazingly talented group and looks forward to seeing where Flamenco will take her....ole!
Kirsten Allard Lopez
A daughter of a percussionist, born to riddle away with her feet, Kirsten Allard Lopez' dancing soles have stamped around the western states and Europe for the past 15 years. She began her study of Flamenco in the nineties as a teenager in Boulder, CO with Rebekah West. At 19 she visited Spain from 2001-2003. Living in Andalucia, Spain she went to Granada to the school of Carmen de Las Cuevas, Jerez with "La Tati" at La Pena De La Buleria and on to Sevilla with Alicia Marquez. As a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors in Dance and Anthropology she studied under the Encinias family with Flamenco and modern dance technique. In 2013 Limerick Ireland (the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance) beckoned her to receive an MA in Ethnochoreology. By day she inspires children to develop a fondness for movement, rhythm and snowboarding. Kirsten's choreography and other professional works include such people and companies as TRICA, Celebrate the Beat, NDI-NM, Duke Dance Collective, Cardboard Playhouse Productions, Movement on the Edge, Meagan Chandler, Steven Mullins, and Max Herzog.