Annette Champion Flores
2024 ROYALTY CANDIDATE
Annette Champion Flores is a native of San Antonio, born and raised on the city’s south side where the San Antonio River was her backyard. She is a third generation Flamenco dancer born into the legendary family of Teresa and Willie “El Curro” Champion. Annette continues her family’s legacy as both the artistic director and instructor at Teresa Champion Dance Academy. She is also a dance educator and the International Baccalaureate dance instructor at KIPP Texas University Prep High School. Prior to teaching at Uprep High School, she was an adjunct professor at San Antonio College where she helped strengthen the dance program. Annette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance from Texas State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Jacksonville University in Choreography.
Annette is no stranger to the San Antonio River Walk. As a child performer with her grandparents’ company, Los Flamencos de San Antonio, she grew up performing at Las Canarias inside the historical La Mansion del Rio. However, her most memorable performances happened alongside her family on the stage of the Arneson River Theater, which she considered her summer home in the 90s. On that stage she performed for many locals and tourists, but she considers one of her more moving performances as the Director of Fiesta Flamenca in 2012 when she produced a show in memory of her grandfather El Curro, bringing in artists such as Campanas de America, Urban-15, and Dr. Carmen Taffolla, to celebrate his life. This performance kicked off two more special productions of this caliber in the following two years. These performances raised money for both Teresa Champion Dance Academy and the American Cancer Society. Annette continues to create and produce shows throughout city of San Antonio with Teresa Champion Dance Academy and as a freelance dancer and choreographer. During this pandemic Annette started a live show on Facebook called “We Are the Champions,” alongside her mother Chayito Champion and grandmother Teresa Champion. The show was created to raise funds to keep the dance academy operating sharing stories of Teresa and Curro and their dedication to the arts in San Antonio.
Annette is a mother of three and a grandmother to four beautiful granddaughters. The love for her city and the River Walk brings her to reside in downtown San Antonio where the River Walk is her front yard. She enjoys running along the riverbanks and taking walks with her children and granddaughters.
As a proud candidate for River Walk Royalty, she is honored to continue to Preserve, Promote, and Protect the San Antonio River Walk and support the hospitality industry that keeps our city’s lifeline vibrant.
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