the lively sounds of Spanish guitars fill the room and clapping hands
pick up the stirring Latin rhythms, Miguel Bernal steps onto the stage
and holds his audiences spellbound as he performs Flamenco and Spanish
dances, with a flair developed over his extensive dance career.
Miguel Bernal began his professional dance career in Los Angeles, originally performing with his sisters as the Los Hermanos Bernal dancers. During his career, Miguel has performed with many Latin and Hollywood celebrities, including Maria Victoria, Tito Guizar, Tony Curtis and Ricardo Montalban.
In the course of his versatile training, Miguel has participated in comedy seminars with Lucille Ball in Hollywood, studied theatre dance and performance with Gene Nelson - who later directed him in the stage musical Magdalene. Miguel’s Hollywood experience has included performances in musicals, such as, Columbia Pictures Lost Horizon, which starred Liv Ullmann and Bobby Van, and Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man, and Godspell.
Miguel studied with The Ballet Folklorico of Mexico in Mexico City, and he studied Flamenco there with Joaquin Fajardo and Manolo Vargas. He performed in various venues, while he was in Mexico.
He returned to Los Angeles to study Classical Spanish dance and Flamenco with Carmelita Maracci and Inesita. He then traveled to Madrid, Spain, where he studied with Faico, Rosario, Martin Vargas, Eloy Pericet and his mentor Pilar Lopez.
Upon returning to the United States, Miguel performed around the country as guest artist with various dance companies in theatres such as, The Summerland Theatre in Las Vegas, The Tower Theatre in Bend Oregon, Art on the Green in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Barnsdall Theatre, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and The Madrid Theatre.
Among the many other California venues where Miguel has performed are: the Coronado Hotel, Disneyland Hotel, Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, Century City Hotel, the Wilshire Country Club, The St. Regis Century City, Queen Mary, Hollywood Palladium, Petersen Museum, and the Armand Hammer Museum, .
Miguel performed in Luisa Triana's tribute to Jose Fernandez, and with the Lupe Del Rio Dance Co., Lola Montes Spanish Dance Co., Chinin De Triana, Inesita. He was a soloist with the Jose Greco & Nana Lorca Dance Company which performed throughout Southern California with the Boston Pops.
Miguel recently performed at New York State University in Fredonia, N.Y. and other recent engagements included a guest artist appearance with the Marina Symphony Orchestra in Manuel De Falla's El Amor Brujo. He has danced at El Cid Flamenco Restaurant, once the leading tablao of Los Angeles and at other tablaos including, The Barcelona, Cava, Sangria, Casa Escobar, Cafe Sevilla and La Luna Negra.
Miguel has made many television appearances, most recently The Latin Grammy's, The Passion of Flamenco and the award-winning, The Spirit of Flamenco filmed at Time/Warner Studios in San Diego. Miguel & Co. recently completed a film documentry on Flamenco for Pro-Vision TV, which will be distributed in Japan. He was interviewed on local Los Angeles talk shows for KNLA Latino-TV Channel 27 and on USC Trojan University TV.
Miguel is also a dramatic actor and participated with The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, touring in productions of Garcia Lorca plays, Dona Rosita La Soltera and Bodas De Sangre with Carmen Zapata.
In addition to his acting and dance career, Miguel has been a contributing writer to magazines such as, Films of the Golden Age and Classic Images. He has written biographies of Hollywood entertainers, such as Desi Arnaz, Elsa Lanchester and his pen pal and mentor of many years, famed tap dancer Eleanor Powell.
During his career, Miguel has received praises for his dancing from many people. He has been called, “A serious and profound dancer" by Spanish Dance Legend, Jose Greco and the LA Weekly wrote, "Who could not be entranced by the passionate dancing of Miguel Bernal." Actor, Hal Holbrook and Actress Dixie Carter commented, "Miguel Bernal's flamenco appearance is one of the most stunning theatrical evenings we have had-elegant, passionate, and exciting. We were enchanted."
Miguel recently relocated his dance company to Denver and will soon be planning some engagements in Colorado.
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