Tirado began her formal training at age six at Ballet Hispanico
of NY where she trained in classical ballet, graham technique and
classical spanish dance/flamenco. Her dance training led her to
become a scholarship recipient, member of the apprentice company
and receive yet another scholarship- The Tito Puente Scholarship.
Barely out of her teens, she was immediately noticed and was invited
to join Jose Molina Bailes Espanoles and toured the US for the next
several years. She joined Carlota Santana's "Flamenco Vivo"
company and was soloist, dance captain for several years. She was
original member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Spanish Ballet
and performed in Franco Zeferelli’s “Carmen at the Met
and toured Japan. In 1997, she received an Artist in Residence grant
from the New York Foundation of the Arts.
desire to continue learning led her to Spain in 1997 where she immediately
began studying and performing professionally with Juan Andres Maya
in Granada. She was offered a
scholarship with the "Fundacion Cristina Hereen" in Seville
but instead, joined Compania Maria Pages where she was soloist and
repetidora (dance captain) performing at major prestigious flamenco
festivals within Spain and Spanish television such as the Bienal
del Arte Flamenco, Festival de Jerez, Festival de Otono, Festival
de la Guitarra in Cordoba and the Flamenco Festival USA .Shes performed
nationally and internationally throughout France, Italy, Uk, Japan
and Germany. In 2000, she was part of World Music Institute's "Gypsy
Caravan 1" with Compania Antonio El Pipa. Clearly a successful
dancer, she has had the opportunity to work with many of Spain's
major flamenco artists such as Fernando Romero, Manolo Marin, Manuel
Soler, Antonio Reyes,Juan Ogalla, Isabel Bayon, Manuel Linan, Pastora
Galvan, Juan Manuel Canizares, Antonio Malena, La Tobala, and Marina
arrival to the US, she has worked with the "Noche Flamenca
and was featured flamenco star in the highly acclaimed show "Riverdance"
on Broadway and the show “Jarocho” touring Mexico and
China. Summer of 2005, she represented as a solo artist, Compania
Maria Pages in The Aichi Expo in Japan. She was recently chosen
to participate in The E-MOVES choreography showcase at Harlem Stage
and presented her first solo concert June 2007 “Flamenco Pa’
Dos” with guest artist David Paniagua at The Peter Jay Sharpe
Theater at Symphony Space.
Also an accomplished Latin dancer, shes also had the privilege of
working with the late greats "Tito Puente" and "Celia
Cruz" doing Tito Puentes 100th album tour, performing with
Tito for President Bush in the Ford Theater and doing Orquesta de
La Luz "Somos Diferente" video.
Nelida- recently hailed as “ magnificent” by the New
York Times is known for her intense grace, and powerful style. This
is what has attracted the attention of other dancers, critics and
non-dancers alike causing critics to single her out time and again
in her appearances at the Joyce Theater, Jacobs Pillow, Lincoln
Center and Symphony Space. Ms. Tirado currently resides in NYC,
was just awarded a grant from HarlemStage’s Fund for New Work,
received the 2007 BRIO award for artistic excellence from Bronx
Council of the Arts and was featured as Dance Magazines "25
to Watch" 2007.