Jesús Ortega makes his LA Opera debut with El Gato Montés.

He studied flamenco at the school of Alfonso El Maleno and in Seville with José Galván and Manolo Marín. He began his professional career with La Familia Vargas, with whom he toured throughout Spain and Portugal. In 2000, he performed in the show Ritmo presented by the María Serrano company at the Seville Biennial. In 2002, he toured the world with Ballet Cristina Hoyos. He later was a soloist in Picasso et les ballets at the Châtelet Theater in Paris. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, as a dancer and as a choreographer. He has taught in Santiago (Chile), Lisbon, Buenos Aires, Havana and throughout Spain and Japan. In 2010 he received the CAB award in recognition of his artistic career as a dancer and choreographer. In 2013, he relocated to Badajoz where he opened the Jesús Ortega Flamenco Dance Center. He continues to perform throughout the world. To learn more about him, visit