Xianix Barrera, a native New Yorker born to Puerto Rican and Dominican parents, had her first exposure to music and dance at a young age in ballet, modern, jazz, and percussion. Xianix began flamenco studies in New York and deepened her training in Madrid and Sevilla with distinguished masters of baile, cante and toque from contemporary artists to the purest gypsy families. Xianix performs internationally with various flamenco companies including Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, and Flamenco Por La Vida sharing the stage with artists such as Isabel Bayón, Raquel Heredia, Rosario Toledo, Soledad Barrio, and Juan Ogalla. She has performed at such prominent venues as the Joyce Theater in New York, Tablao El Duende in Copenhagen, the Red Theater in Abu Dhabi, and Cafe Silverio in Sevilla.
In 2012, she founded her company, Xianix Barrera Flamenco, which had its sold-out debut in Spanish Harlem with the production of ‘Sabor Flamenco’. XBF produces traditional yet innovative flamenco performances with artists from the U.S. and Spain, highlighting the bold and tenacious women in their unapologetically robust femininity within flamenco. She is a recipient of the SU-CASA grant, a community arts engagement program for senior citizens funded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2018), an Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana exploring the intersectionalities of flamenco in regards to gender and sexual identity (2017) and a recipient of a coveted scholarship to the Cultural Traditions Program at the School of Jacob’s Pillow (2008).
Aside from being an accomplished performer, Xianix is a highly sought-after flamenco teacher giving master workshops for the Joyce Theater and New York City Center during its annual Flamenco Festival. She currently teaches flamenco dance to adults, children and seniors in New York City.