Choreographer Adela Clara has been recognized nationally for her innovative work in Spanish Dance. She studied in New York City, Madrid and Sevilla with some of the world's greatest masters of the art form. Among her teachers in this country were Mariquita Flores, Roberto Ximenez and Manolo Vargas. In Spain, Adela studied with Victoria Eugenia, Maria Rosa Merced, and Martin Vargas, among others.

Adela Clara founded Theatre Flamenco and served as its Artistic Director until 1983. Her immaginitive choreography for the company brought an element of theatricality to all the traditional forms of Spanish Dance. She is the recipient of numerous awards for choreography from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. She has served for both the NEA and CAC as a panelist in those agencies' Dance Programs. In 1985, the first year of the San Francisco Bay Area Dance Coalition Isadora Duncan Awards, Adela Clara received the Choreographer's Award. For several seasons Adela also served as a judge for the San Francisco's popular Ethnic Dance Festival. Among her opera credits are City Center Opera in New York City, and the Seattle and San Francisco Opera Companies. In 1990, Adela did the choreography for Berkeley Repertory Theatre's production of Fuente Ovejuna and received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Outstanding Achievement Award for Choreography in a Drama.

In addition to her work as a choreographer, Adela Clara is a popular teacher and gives classes on a regular basis throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as well as workshops throughout the United States. She was a guest teacher for twelve years at the Institute for Spanish Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Many of Adela's young students are entering professional careers as Spanish Dancers throughout the United States and Europe.

Adela Clara currently lives in San Francisco and has a "work in progress," which was inspired by her first trip to Playa Los Cocos, in Aticama, Nyarit, Mexico.