Marina Tamayo Flamenco Artist

Acknowledgement Of Country

We would like to pay our respects and acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land of the Eora nation and also pay our respects to elders both past, present and emerging.

Always was, always will be.

Flamenco Australia is an Australian based Spanish dance agency.

Led by Marina Tamayo, the agency provides professional services in performance, choreography, story telling design and production.

Commissioned choreography uniquely crafted for each client.

Marina Tamayo, Zilah in Carmen by Benjamin Millepied Sony Classics Pictures, Goalpost Pictures , 2023 – Choreographer/dancer

Marina Tamayo celebrates an illustrious 45 years career of performance, teaching, producing and choreography. Tamayo’s skills are embedded in authentic storytelling handed down from Andalusian heritage and Gypsy cultural knowledge. Her studies of Flamenco began traditionally, at home with her mother de Granada, and in Sacromonte with her abuela. Her first Flamenco studies began in 1982, in Granada with the local gitanos.

After a life time dedicated to Flamenco and Spanish dance, Tamayo shares her mastery with teaching, speaking and performing throughout the world.

Flamenco Australia (c. 1998) is dedicated to promoting and preserving Spanish and gypsy cultural storytelling.

As a seasoned artist, Tamayo brings Flamenco and Spanish and gypsy Dance Theatre excitement to your event or project. The services include commissioned commercial, artistic explorative, contemporary and traditional formatted choreography.

International Dance Day Video by Maria Pages

Marina Tamayo with Rossy d Palma, Maria Pages, Farruquito, Damian Jalet, Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, JulioBoca, Pastora Galvan, Carmen Linares, Jesus Carmona y ArcAngel for International Dance Day 2021 produced by Maria Pages, El Centro Coreográfico María Pages de Fuenlabrada.



Marina Tamayo Flamenco  is a Sydney based Flamenco choreographer and dance artist.  She is on the board of AUSDANCE NSW, a registered and accredited  Proficient Teacher with the New South Wales Education Department.  She is a trained Project Manager, Composer, and qualified Production Engineer,  and awarded a Fellowship by the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Sydney. 

Tamayo studied ballet in RAD and Cecchetti Ballet, Flamenco and Spanish Dance. During 1974 – 1983, she trained with Kenneth Norman, Garry Carse, Jackie Johnson, Jacky Thompson and Antonio Vargas. In 1984, she studied privately with  the gypsy masters Paco Torres, Mario Maya, and Manolete, Sacromonte. And with Belen Maya, Luis de Luis, Manuel Antonio Reyes and advanced Spanish classical with Graciela Rios Saiz, in Buenos Aires and Merche Esmeralda in Madrid.

Photo: Verano with Clarissa di Salvo de Argentina 

As a dance teacher, Marina Tamayo has a masters knowledge for Gypsy Flamenco and Spanish classical choreography. She offers authenticity consultation services.  In practice, she draws on various strategies of teaching including scaffolding and differentiation, for inclusive teaching.

Tamayo holds a Bachelor of Education and a current NESA Proficient teachers accreditation.  She offers teaching services aligned  with AITSL teaching pedagogy standards of excellence, to performing arts schools, academic institutions and communities.

National College of Dance, Flamenco Course 2023
National College of Dance, Summer School 2023 – Flamenco with Marina Tamayo

As a choreographer, Marina Tamayo is a Nationally recognised professional. Since 1982, Tamayo has produced a plethora of commissioned choreographies for Australian Dance Theatre, cabaret, TV, video and film. 

The  unique blend between Flamenco, ballet, contemporary and Spanish dance has become signatory in all Tamayo’s work. This has generated a new Australian discourse. Tamayo further explored this new discourse collaborating with former National Ballet artist Aitor Hernandez Sanzano and dancer from Royal Scottish Ballet and former Sydney Dance Company Victor Zarallo. 

“Tamayo’s solos are wild and expressive; soft arms are a foil for the complexity of her lower body” Lesley Graham, The Mercury, 2017.

Hernandez Tamayo – EMERALD

As a performer, Tamayo is a solo artist for Spanish and Flamenco Dance Theatre.  Tamayo has performed globally.  

Photo: Soloist at The National Gallery of Victoria, for the Centurian  Picasso curators dinner, Winter series.

SBS ARTICLE WORLD NEWS 21st July, 2023 – 

Click above to lunch SBS article 

History on Flamenco Australia 

In 1998, Tamayo founded Flamenco Australia.  She began travelling to coastal, rural and past the black stump locations, offering workshops, and shows. This was a pioneering venture for the Spanish Arts and self funded. 

The demand for Tamayo’s services grew exponentially.  After moving to NSW in 1998,  Tamayo expanded her audience engagement into international markets. This was achieved by inviting guest artists and self producing multiple world class shows over a fifteen year period.

 Tamayo educated herself in various skills to further develop and support her business acumen. The focus of her business model is on creating new audiences, either as participants or observers and through education across the Asia Pacific region. 

In 2018, Tamayo was formally recognised by the Australian Dance Council for her contributions to the Australian Arts industry. She was nominated  in the The Australian Dance Awards 2018,  for her ‘Service to Dance’.  

Marina Tamayo Services to Dance Award in Australia.

In 2019, Tamayo was recognized by being nominated by the Australia Dance Council, for her choreographic Spanish contemporary work EMERALD. The nomination was for the category ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’.

Marina Tamayo Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Marina Tamayo Award for Outstanding Achievement in choreography

Hernandez Tamayo are in perfect sync with eachother….without doubt these artists are skilled dance artists and storytellers” Theatreview, Nicole Wilkins TAPAC Auckland Festival

In 2023, Tamayo was awarded a Fellowship of AMPA by Professor  Ian Bofinger Executive Dean and Dr. Maya Gavish (Faculty of Dance Performance) at the 2023 Graduation ceremony of Bachelor, Masters of Dance.

In 2018 – 2021, Tamayo worked with Classical Ballet 121, full time classical ballet academy, with Gilly Reevie and Iohna Loots. During this tenure, she designed and delivered the exam curriculum for the Spanish  and Flamenco dance studies in the Australian Teachers of Dancing full time Certificate 4 and Advanced Diploma in Elite Performance course, 2021

Tamayo designed and delivered school incursions for a period of 18 years. These incursions are aligned to cultural dance curriculum for K to HSC levels NESA Syllabus. In addition, she has contributed to various academic PhD papers on Flamenco and duende. These contributions are formal research papers, sharing her knowledge and experience in Flamenco to the academia in Australia: 

The University of Sydney Ms Lillian Shaddick and Dr Amanda Card at Discipline of Theatre and Performance Studies; Bond University, Leisurely seeking duende; Making meaning through the embodied experience of flamenco dance;  Grant Sean Hawkes, University of Sydney; Spanish  What is Flamenco?; ABC Radio Melbourne with Warwick Long, Flamenco and its Roots, ABC Hobart, Flamenco and Duende.

Recent Projects 

Feature Film – Working as dancer/choreographer with former Artistic Director of The American Ballet and  Los Angeles Dance Project  Benjamin Millepead.  Millepied is a choreographer, filmmaker, and former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and former Artistic Director of Paris Ballet Opera and now Directs the Paris Dance Project.

Review 7/9/2022 Jazz Tangcay: for VARIETY U.S Edition

“Millepied’s movie, is a complete re-imagining, debuting Sept. 11 at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival released by Sony Pictures Classics, begins in Mexico with a jaw-dropping flamenco number that showcases Marina Tamayo as Carmen’s mother on the grounds of the family’s house. “

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Millepied casted Tamayo as the mother of Carmen.  Her roles are Flamenco Dance choreographer and as a soloist performer as the mother of Carmen, Zilah on his latest project, first feature film ‘ Carmen’. It was released worldwide in 2022 by Sony Picture. Classics. It premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival, the showed at Miami, Quebec, Toronto, Paris and Sydney film festivals, 2023.

IMdB profile  Marina Tamayo (II) . 

US theatres including Los Angeles and New York, Ireland, UK, Mexico, Paris, Canada, New Zealand and Australia wide.@Benjamin Millepied’s Carmen @Melissa Barrera, @Paul Mescal, @Rossy de Palma, @Elsa Pataky
In US, theaters April 21 in New York & Los Angeles.
In French theaters June 14.
@Julieta Venegas
@Taura Stinson
@The DOC
@Nicholas Britell
Instagram: @SonyClassics
Facebook: @CarmenMovie2022 @SonyClassics
Twitter: @SonyClassics
TikTok: @SonyPicturesClassics

Photo by Ben King 


Director Benjamin Millepied Original Score By: Nicholas Britell Written by: Alexander Dinelaris and Loïc Barrère & Benjamin Millepied Starring: Melissa Barrera, Paul Mescal, Rossy de Palma, THE DOC #Carmen #TeaserTrailer #SonyClassics #PaulMescal #MelissaBarrera 

See Full trailer here:

Las Peinetas Spanish Dance Theatre – Fusion of Flamenco and Ballet.

Photo by Sebastián Estrada, WoW Moments Production, 2022.

Las Peinetas Spanish Dance Theatre – Fusion of Flamenco and Ballet.

Since 2015, Tamayo formed the Flamenco Ballet performance group called ‘Las Peinetas’. The group is made up of professionally trained ballet graduates who have studied at prestigious National and European Ballet schools, Sydney Dance Pre professional.

Las Peinetas perform Flamenco Ballet. This is a signatory style of Tamayo, a true unique blend between both genres, and it is the first group of its kind in Australia. They present traditional works in a contemporary context whilst maintaining the authenticity of Andalusian folklore, and Flamenco storytelling.

Students of Marina Tamayo train at professional performance level
Adelaide Festival, 4.5 stars The Sounds of Spain AD and Choreographer

Marina Tamayo’s Las Peinetas . Photo by Sebastian Estrada of Wow Moment Productions. 2022

Further Education

  • Ballet in Australian Dance Assessment Program,
  • RAD and Cecchetti methods,
  • Bachelor of Education, Curtin University,
  • Classical Pianoforte Music Composition and Theory at AMEB The Conservatorium of Music,
  • Certificate in Business Analysis,
  • Project Management
  • Diploma in Audio Engineering
  • Postgraduate studies in Production Sound Engineering.
  • NSW Primary school teaching specializing in performing arts – NSW Dance Curriculum for stages K – 6,  at an EAL/D school and coaches the senior boys dance group.


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