65 Scarborough Beach Rd North Perth

Margarita Villa

Margarita commenced her dance training in classical, tap, jazz and Musical Theatre styles. Graduating from WAAPA with an Associate Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance), where she expanded her repertoire to encompass Contemporary and Spanish styles, this led to professional engagements with “Still Moves” Contemporary Dance Company and “Danza Viva Spanish Dance Company”, where she remained for 5 years.

She continued her musical studies at the WA Conservatorium of Music (Voice), graduating with another Associate Diploma in Performing Arts (Jazz), whilst holding the position of Tap Dance Lecturer within the Musical Theatre Department at WAAPA

In 1989, she accepted an invitation as Spanish and Tap lecturer in the Secondary and Tertiary Schools of the Victorian College of the Arts. Her Television debut for the ABC as Guest Artist in “That’s Dancin” Series saw her perform alongside David Atkins, and soloists from the Australian Ballet. After 2 years there, she was awarded an Overseas Professional Development grant from the Australia Council.

In Spain, she undertook studies with such luminaries as Paco Romero, Ciro, La Tati, Mercedes & Albano, and Conchita del Mar (in the Flamenco style) and Pedro Azorin, Juanjo Linares (in the Regional/classical styles). Whilst in London, Margarita appeared on BBC TV, toured and performed with various ensembles, most notably a 3 month Series at London’s “Maurinos” Flamenco Theatre Restaurant.

She has obtained the Professor de Baile Teachers Qualification from the Instituto de Baile (SDI) and has, for many years, been a guest teacher/choreographer mainly throughout Australia, with the addition of a guest appointment in Singapore.

National and International Solo Guitarists; Classical (notably Carlos Bonnell) and numerous Flamenco guitarists, “Guitarstophe” (guitar orchestra), Perth Pops Orchestra, Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra (Melb), Classical pianists, percussionists and jazz musicians are amongst the variety of performers that Margarita has collaborated with on major performance projects.

Career highlights include a Solo performance before The Prime Minister of Australia,
and “The Oz Concert” Annual Australia Day Celebrations, televised internationally, from 1998 – 2006.