Clarissa Talve's story runs deep as she generously and expressively shares her memories of a life embedded in unwavering dedication to the magic of "The Dance". When she was 14 years old, Jose Greco recognized her as one of the future greats. Nothing stopped her; she was unsinkable and with sheer determination, she not only survived polio and TB, but waived off the defeat that naturally comes afterwards. She worked until she propelled her dream to become a reality. She became one of America's greatest Flamenco Dancers. At a young age, she was chosen by Carmen Amaya to be the featured dancer in her Company that traveled extensively and learned the "wisdom of the gypsies". She went on to dance Flamenco with Escudero and other greats of the Dance World including many who were in the Jose Greco Dance Company. She currently resides in New York City and continues work in contributing to the history of dance, but the energies of her heart and mind are now focused on her second great passion - that of drawing and painting, to which she is focused and as lovingly dedicated to, as she was to "The Dance".
"... In retrospect, the years with the Flamenco Gypsies were special in that they were inspirational and joyful - a great part of my life as I realize - DANCERS NEVER DIE..." - Clarissa Talve