Ania "La Candela" Bio

Ania Bartelmus, "La Candela", is a professional flamenco dancer based in Atlanta, GA, and a founder of La Candela Company, a flamenco & Latin entertainment company. She received flamenco training from Spain’s top flamenco artists while living in Seville, which makes her style authentic and unique. For over ten years, she has performed across the US, Switzerland, Poland and Spain. Past venues include Spanish tablaos, as well as US venues including the Reuther Auditorium in Kenosha, WI, Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth, High Museum of Art Atlanta, the Emory University Theater, Shakespeare Tavern and the Telfair Museum Savannah. Ania also appeared in the CBS’s “Better Mornings Atlanta” and PBS station’s program “This is Atlanta”, and was a featured dancer in the music video “Kiss the Night”. Ania is currently touring North America with the Grammy-nominated flamenco guitarist David Maldonado and his flamenco symphony production "Noche de Pasion".




Flamenco Dancer

Authentic flamenco dancer trained with the top flamenco artists.


Flamenco Teacher

Ania offers classes on any levels in English, Spanish or Polish.



Flamenco choreographer for any flamenco themed or Spanish themed production.

Why “La Candela”?

When studying at the Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla, Ania took classes with singer Curro Fernandez, who sometimes substituted for his daughter Esperanza Fernandez. During the class Curro fondly called Ania “Rubia de la Candela,” a nickname that represents Ania’s dancing; passionate and mesmerizing.

Past Productions

  • Noche de Pasion, a David Maldonado flamenco symphony tour.
  • Fieldwork. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
  • Raices, a Flamenco journey. Atlanta, GA
  • Dance 101. I’d Rather be dancing, Atlanta, GA

US Venues

  • Renzo Piano Pavilion, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Kenosha Symphony Hall, Kenosha, WI
  • Ritz Carlton, Benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta, GA
  • International Festival, Spartanburg, SC
  • Winthrop University, SC
  • Cinema Verde Film Festival. Gainesville, FL
  • Children's Museum of Atlanta
  • High Museum of Arts Atlanta
  • Decatur Sidewalk Saturdays
  • Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA
  • Harvest Midtown, Atlanta, GA
  • Dogwood Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • Tapa Tapa, Atlanta, GA
  • Vino Libro, Atlanta, GA
  • Cuerno, Atlanta, GA
  • Bokitas, Woodstock, GA
  • Kavarna, Atlanta, GA
  • Festival Latino. Ft Walton Beach, FL
  • Emory University Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Atlanta Cuban Club

Spanish Venues

  • Sala Garufa, Seville, Spain
  • Caja Negra, Seville, Spain
  • Cafe del Arte, Seville, Spain
  • Flamenqueria, Triana, Spain
  • Peña la Fragua, Seville, Spain
  • Teatro Casala, Triana, Spain
  • Festival Cruz de Mayo en Pumarejo, Seville, Spain
  • II Festival Solitario de la Fundacion Vicente Ferrer. Aracena, Spain

Full Bio

Ania Bartelmus “La Candela” was born in Wrocław, Poland, where from the early age she trained in acting and modern dance until she discovered flamenco.


After initial flamenco training and performing in the Atlanta area, to further her flamenco career, Ania moved to Seville, Spain, where she lived and breathed flamenco. She completed the intensive professional flamenco training at the “Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla” (CAFS) in flamenco dance, choreography, ballet, signing, percussion, as well as dancing with bata de cola and castanets. At CAFS, Ania studied under direction of Esperanza Fernández, Miguel Vargas, La Choni, Carmen Ledesma, Francis Nuñez, Jorge Pérez, Jesus Aguilera, Nazaret Reyes and Antonio Ortega. She was a CAFS grant recipient to continue her education, under which she also taught flamenco. Upon completion her education at CAFS, Ania started studying at the flamenco school of Juana Amaya and Nazaret Reyes, who ultimately formed her as a professional flamenco dancer. Ania also received training from Rafael Campallo, La Lupi, Patricia Guerrero, Leonor Leal, Luisa Palicio, Milagros Menjibar, Juan Paredes, and Luis Peña. Ania continues her education through classes for professional dancers with Seville-based Ursula Lopez.


In the summer of 2014, Ania moved back to Atlanta. Ever since, she has been actively teaching and performing in the US. She has had the opportunity to share stage with many US artists such as David Maldonado, Cristian Puig, Antonio Granjero, Marija Temo, Jose Manuel Tejeda, Juaquin Encinas and Vicente “El Griego.” Since 2014 Ania divides her time between Atlanta and Seville.