Juana Jimenez

Michelle Brisa Jiménez-Alder daughter of Flamenco Dancer ‘El Sali’ and Singer actress flamenco dancer Juana Maria Jiménez. Michelle was born into a family of artists with unique talent ,a family of dancers including La Salinera ,Saray Cortes and Triana Cortes. It was clear early on that Michelle had inherited their talents and began performing at an early age. Michelle trained in musical theatre, ballet, tap modern and contemporary dance. Performing in pantomime and other local productions. She quickly professionalized at a young age and joined dance group ‘Rampage’ a hot gossip style dance group performing in large venues across the UK, such as the Empire State Ballroom and the Hippodrome.

The 1990’s marked a significant era for Michelle. After an invitation to try singing with indie band Pedro Orange Michelle discovered her real passion for singing and song writing, performing at numerous venues like The Junction in Cambridge ,the border line and the Powerhaus London, festivals across the UK including two years at Glastonbury festival. After falling pregnant with her daughter Scarlette she joined the band TEAR and there followed a period of intense creativity, with this band also performing on the festival circuit appearing at the Glastonbury festival amongst others. Other bands included Boomer and Palm O Violets. All of these bands performed original material.

Moving into the 2000’s Michelle was also still using her skills as a performer with various function bands; Romany, TPF, the Jazzmin Room and the JD’s singing at hundreds of weddings and corporate events nationally, also frequently being asked to Dep for other successful function bands in these bands Michelle would sing a variety of styles from motown, disco, soul to jazz and blues showing her versatility as a singer. Michelle also has worked on numerous recording projects including 'Missouri Rising' with Jethro Baker from ‘Buster shuffle’, ‘Jack Slack’ with Steve Harding of ’Collapsed Lung’ and most recently with the drum and bass collective ‘Dirty Work’ and Si Portway and Les Elston of LAB4 and ‘Overlords of the 'Underground'. These collaborations are still on going.

Michelle is now in a new band called the ‘Dirty Lions’ working with Mark Dusty Wright from the band ‘Medicine Hat’ and co-writer of the ‘Pendell guitar project’, Loll Dalziel, Ken Day and Garry Bowler: a band creating original music currently in rehearsals with their first gig at the ‘Bridge house’ Canning Town 22nd December 2011. Michelle has acted and danced in 2011 at The Royal Opera House in the operas ‘Carmen’ and ‘Fidelio’ in 2011, ‘La Traviata’. Recent acting roles include the ‘Leading Lady’ in ‘Six Characters In Search Of An Author’ at the Bridewell Theatre and ‘Anna Morgen’ in Jason Croot’s film ‘Meeting Place’.

Michelle has returned to her flamenco dance roots and performs across the UK with Spanish group ‘Temperamento Español’ who have appeared in diverse shows such as ‘Utopia’ at the Birmingham Dance Festival, ‘La Traviata’ and ‘Carmen’ at the Royal Opera House, ‘Six Characters In Search Of an Author’ at Bridewell Theatre and ‘Encanto Chando’ at the Royal Festival Hall.

Michelle’s singing style is unique and diverse encompassing a mixture of styles such as Motown Blues, Rock, Latin, Jazz and Gypsy Flamenco. She currently sings with the JD’s at various venues in the UK including the Blenheim Palace and performs at weddings, parties and corporate events as well as with `Temperamento Espanol’ as a flamenco dancer.

Michelle Jimenez
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