Linda "La Matadora" Andrade is Artistic Director of Sakai Flamenco, a dynamic performing ensemble composed of some of the finest traditional Flamenco dancers and musicians in the United States. The company performs year round, and gives educational performances and workshops for The Music Center of Los Angeles County.
Born in Los Angeles, Matadora began her Flamenco studies in this country. Eventually she moved to the south of Spain to immerse herself in the purest form of Flamenco, which has been kept alive by Gypsy families who hand down their traditions from generation to generation. There, Linda had the opportunity to study with some of the greatest living masters of the art form. Her love of "Flamenco Puro" is what she is best known for and is reflected in her style of dance and teaching. READ MORE
"Matadora's choreography is subtly crafted to experience the moment between movements, the small spaces allowing one's own soul, personality and connection with the music to come through. With Linda you don't just learn steps, you learn how to dance."– A. Martinez, student
"Linda is an amazing dancer and generous teacher. She embodies the art and magic of Flamenco. Every class is an inspiration!"– R. Lalaian, student
"It is rare when a teacher is a master of her craft AND a phenomenal teacher. Linda Andrade is not only a truly powerful dancer and artist – she somehow channels her passionate and creative energy to her students. Anyone interested in learning authentic, gypsy-style flamenco, should be studying with Linda."– Sarah
"The moment I met Linda my life completely changed. She helped me discover a fire inside of me I never knew I had. Linda is a loving flamenca who shares her knowledge and personal experiences about the beautiful art form. After eight years of being her student, I continue to learn from her today. I walk out of my private classes inspired every time."– C. Lucio