About Us

After years of friendship, working as non-profit co-managers of Espacio De Arte and each independently owning and operating a small Flamenco dance school, Jackie MacLin, Amelia Moore and Eve Salonen decided to join forces in the creation of NW Flamenco Academy. 

The idea was born from the isolation and fragmentation of social life and the performing arts community due to the stresses of the Pandemic. Although challenging, these three years resulted in finding creative and innovative ways to keep our Flamenco community thriving and growing, and  illuminated some important needs of our Flamenco community that weren’t fully being met. Compelled to make a difference and fill that void, they concluded that they could be more successful reaching the needs of their students by combining forces. 

The core philosophy of NW Flamenco Academy is that each artist, student and teacher has something unique to offer and when embraced, contributes to the overall flourishing of the art form. As teachers, Amelia, Eve and Jackie believe that students benefit most from studying with multiple teachers that allow them to explore unknown aspects of movement and expression. Students studying in the academy will benefit from versatile studies in a rich cultural environment of three experienced Flamenco dance instructors with very different backgrounds. All three Maestra’s are leading players in their craft who offer style, skill and substantiality and studying with them will be a unique and fulfilling experience.

Jackie MacLin

Jackie Villegas-MacLin has over 40 years of extensive training in Flamenco, Classical Spanish, Mexican Folk, Ballet, and Jazz dance, as well as a background in musical theatre as a featured dancer and choreographer. Though Jackie’s focus in Flamenco dance is traditional, she also taps into the diverse dance culture which can include Contemporary Flamenco, Classical Spanish, and Flamenco Fusions in her dance repertoire. Jackie started dancing at the age of 5 years old under the direction of Rosemarie Cruz, in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA. Introduced to Flamenco dance as a teenager, she discovered her life’s passion and began her flamenco studies with Roberto Amaral in Los Angeles, CA. After relocating to Kirkland Washington, Jackie met her mentor and teacher Maria Morca, who facilitated Jackie’s dream of becoming the director and teacher of her own flamenco dance studio, DoS – Dances of Spain. 

Jackie has studied with renowned Flamenco artists nationally and at the National Institute of Flamenco in New Mexico. Internationally she often travels to Spain and immerses in intensive flamenco training with maestros in Madrid, Sevilla, Granada and Jerez de la Frontera. Locally, Jackie has been teaching children, teen and adult dance flamenco classes in Kirkland and Bellevue, WA for 28 years and is now collaborating with her flamenco colleagues Amelia Moore and Eve Salonen as co-founders of the Northwest Flamenco Academy. 

Jackie is also on faculty as a flamenco dance teacher at the International Ballet Academy in Bellevue, WA and as a guest instructor with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle. Since 2015, Jackie has been the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Espacio de Arte.

Jackie MacLin is the senior member of the crew bringing over 40 years of stage experience. Her Classical Spanish training and talent in setting exciting choreographies full of personality and production value is unmatched.

Amelia Moore

Amelia fell in love with movement at a young age and at 17 began performing professionally as a dance soloist with the World Music group Children of the Revolution, with whom she performed in theaters internationally for 12 years. Her journey into art, movement and self-discovery has taken her through a thriving career in Middle Eastern dance including performing as an invited soloist in Istanbul and Cairo with the renowned percussionist Burhan Oçal, a deep immersion in the traditions of Yoga including earning a 500hr Yoga teaching certification from Annie Carpenter of SmartFLOW Yoga, and for the past 15 years a career teaching and performing Flamenco dance. For 25 years she has been a movement teacher, teaching Belly Dance, Yoga and Flamenco and delights in helping her students discover the empowerment and freedom through movement.

As a Flamenco artist, she has performed in theaters and Tablaos across the country since 2009. She was a featured dance soloist in Arizona Theater Company’s reimagined musical Man of La Mancha in their 2017-2018 season to popular acclaim, receiving a MAC award nomination for her role in the play. Under the name Oleaje Flamenco, she has created original shows and shared the stage with Flamenco greats such as Luis de La Tota (percussion), Israel Heredia (guitar), Jesus Montoya (vocals), Ricardo Garcia (guitar), and Jose Moreno (dance, percussion, vocals), and this year was honored to be invited to perform as a soloist with the legendary Flamenco guitarist Antonio Rey. A lifelong student, she studies regularly and intensively with some of the world’s greatest Flamenco artists and credits her many mentors for their inspiration and coaching, among them María Bermudez, Belen Maya, Sara de Luis and Encarnación Jaeger.  Amelia is a co-founder of NW Flamenco Academy and a co-director of Espacio de Arte.

Amelia Moore is all about body awareness and footwork, compas/palmas, improvisation and musicality. Her stunning performances with Oleaje Flamenco represent those honed skills that she has built a reputation on and a huge following from Flamenco fans. 

Eve Salonen

Eve Salonen began her relationship with movement and dance in Finland as a young girl, focusing primarily on aesthetic group gymnastics. In addition to training and competing in aesthetic group gymnastics, she spent many years studying ballet technique and jazz dance. As her gymnastic career came to an end in her mid 20’s, Eve was swept away by Flamenco.

During her 20+ years of career in Flamenco arts, Eve has studied with many distinguished Flamenco artists and has choreographed for groups of intermediate and advanced level students and continues to teach students in these levels. She has worked in many Flamenco companies in Finland and performed in theaters and tablaos in Seattle WA, where she currently resides.

Eve specializes and has an expertise for the use of Flamenco props, such as the bata de cola skirt (skirt with a long train), manton de Manila (big shawl) and the abanico (hand fan). Always striving to improve and grow, she continues her Flamenco education both in the United States and Spain. Eve collaborates with many Seattle-based Flamenco artists and groups.

In 2019, Eve founded her Flamenco school Flamenco Boreal, and she is a co-founder of Northwest Flamenco Academy opening in 2024. Eve is also co-director of the non-profit organization Espacio de Arte, which is dedicated to promoting Seattle community access to the Spanish Flamenco cultural traditions of dance, music and singing.

Eve Salonen is the resident prop expert and is all about generating power, intensity and building strength. She commands a bata de cola making it fly seamlessly as she whirls around the stage like a beautiful turbulent tornado.