08/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Flamenco Dancer Liliana Morales' Career In NY

In 1965, Liliana Morales, a young aspiring dancer, showed up at a New York audition with the legendary Flamenco dancer Jose Greco. She was on her lunch break from her temp job as a legal secretary. Without changing her business suit, she executed a few dance steps for the famed dancer, and instantly landed a gig as a guest artist in his upcoming show at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Morales, who lives in the East 70s, admits that her life has been uncanny for its lucky turns and fortuitous meetings, including her first encounter with the magnetic Flamenco dancer Maria Alba. Both Greco and Alba molded the young Morales and invited her to dance with their companies, which included dates at New York's Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow and tours in the United States and overseas. Although she concedes that Greco was the fiery kingpin of Flamenco, it is Alba whom she considers her real mentor.

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