Former Company Members:
Shannon Fitzgerald (cante) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Language (German and Japanese) and International Studies in History and Diplomacy. Her musical background is in jazz, blues, classical, and musical theatre, taught primarily by Gordon Crawford and Barry Lawrence. She continued vocal solo work at Bellarmine University until she went abroad to study. She began her initial flamenco dance studies with Flamenco Louisville under the direction of Diana Dinicola and Paula Collins before her year abroad in Spain. Upon her return to Louisville, she began developing her repertoire as a cantaora with Flamenco Louisville’s guitarist, Paul T. Carney. She has continued her studies with Marija Temo and attended the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque in New Mexico in June 2013, where she studied with Vicente Griego and world-renowned Spanish cantaor Tomás de Perrate.
Mary Ann Silveri-Ljubic (baile): her thirst for flamenco became apparent when she was introduced to the Academy of Ballet Español in 1996, and later became a company member. Mary Ann has studied flamenco in Madrid, Spain; Chicago, Illinois and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Some of her private instruction has included Maestros Antonio Vargas, Timo Lozano, and Antonio Hidalgo. She has also studied with Adelo Campello, Jose Junco, Antonio Granjero, Angél Muñoz, Angela Ponzio and Diana Dinicola. As a Flamenco Louisville company dancer, she has performed at numerous venues including Indiana University Southeast, the Oldham County Arts Center and Caffe Classico. Mary Ann has also been a guest artist with Camino Flamenco. Mary Ann is a Clinical Pharmacist at Baptist Hospital East and also an accomplished pianist and mixed media artist.
John R. Harris (cajon) received a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. His major teachers were John Kasica and Richard Holmes, both members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his conservatory years, John attended the University of Kentucky where he was a student of David Davenport. He has also studied with Tom Vanarsdel, former percussion instructor at Murray State University. John received a Master’s degree in music performance from the University of Iowa as a teaching assistant of Thomas L. Davis. John is the former Principal Percussionist of the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Lincoln Symphony Orchestras as well as the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Omaha, Paducah, Lexington, Sioux Falls and Sioux City Symphony Orchestras as well as an extra with the Louisville Orchestra.
Lisa Canter (baile), a Louisville, KY nativ, has been a student of flamenco since 2000. She has studied with master artists Antonio Vargas, Antonio Granjero, Timo Lozano, Marija Temo, Chayito Champion, and Carmen Ledesma, has twice participated in the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque in New Mexico, studying with Marisol and Joaquin Encinias. She has also studied with the Flamenco Louisville company in Sevilla, Spain. Her Louisville based studies began with Ballet Espanol.
As an original company member of Flamenco Louisville, she has performed at numerous venues including Indiana University Southwest, Centre College, the Oldham County Arts Center, the Grand Theater in Frankfort, KY and the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, KY.
Lisa has also been a guest artist with Camino Flamenco and The Academy of Flamenco Arts
Offstage, Lisa was for several years a member of Flamenco Louisville's board of directors. Before flamenco entered her life, Lisa performed as a member of the Imperial Guard and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and was a competitive ice dance.
Holly Jett began dance and gymnastics at the age of 5. She was a Junior instructor at the Courtney Weber School of Dance. At the UofL Dance Academy, she performed the Nutcracker in the holiday seasons from 1986-1989. From 1988-1992 Holly was part of the award-winning Louisville Male High School dance team and the Performance Show Choir under the direction of Larry Pitman. She began studying flamenco with FlamencoTalk.