Laura Onizuka, recipient of a 2011 Regional Arts and Culture Council Professional Development Grant, is the founder and owner of Experience Flamenco. She has become a conduit of flamenco in the Pacific Northwest organizing classes, workshops, and events for the community. She also teaches online classes to a growing community. Once a year Laura takes groups of students to Spain to experience flamenco in its birthplace and to continue her own study of this complex art form with masters such as Mercedes Ruíz. Laura is fueled by the challenge and beauty of flamenco. She believes anyone who is moved by flamenco has the capability to access it.