An Australian Based Spanish Dance Artist Agency
Spanish and Flamenco Dance
Established since 1998.
Tamayo brings a wealth of knowledge, international and national experience, professional 5 star reputation and an impressive long term A-list celebrity clientele database.
Flamenco Australia works alongside Australian and international industry leaders in dance, film, television, video, theatre, fashion runway, promotional and marketing campaigns, award winning hospitality venues, and event planners.
Tamayo brings Flamenco and Spanish Dance Theatre excitement, to your event or project.
Tamayo’s services include commercial, artistic explorative, contemporary and traditional formats.
Marina Tamayo invited guest for INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY 2021 – DIA INTERNACIONAL DE LA DANZA 2021 by Maria Pages, Spain. El Centro Coreográfico María Pages de Fuenlabrada, por segundo año consecutivo ha creado un vídeo para conmemorar el Dia Internacional de la Danza.
Marina Tamayo is a Sydney based artist. She is a standing committee member on AUSDANCE NSW Board, a registered and accredited teacher with the New South Wales Education Department, a trained Project Manager and qualified Production Engineer. Also, Tamayo is an active and skilled member of the NSW dance community attending Ausdance seminars, and weekly NESA professional development training.
As a dance teacher, Tamayo has a masters knowledge for Spanish cultural choreography and offers authenticity consultation services. In practise, Tamayo draws on various strategies of teaching including scaffolding and differentiation, for inclusive teaching. Tamayo holds a Bachelor of Education and offers regular teaching services to performing arts schools, and communities in, Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
As a choreographer, Tamayo is a Nationally recognised professional. She has dedicated over 30 years, producing dance works for Australian theatre, cabaret, TV, video and film. Since 1982, as a former ballet/Spanish dance student, Tamayo began developing works for Eisteddfods, regional ballet and ballroom centres, calisthenics schools, fitness centres and professional dance groups. Her unique blend between ballet and Spanish became signatory resulting in creating market demand for fresh, contemporary yet drenched in tradition performance work. Tamayo has appeared on Channel 10, 9, 7, ABC, Disney kids, SKY and SBS programs, as well as music videos, documentaries, short and feature film.
“Tamayo’s solos are wild and expressive; soft arms are a foil for the complexity of her lower body” Lesley Graham, The Mercury, 2017.
As a performer, Tamayo is a solo artist for Spanish and Flamenco Dance. Tamayo has performed globally and featured in Contemporary Dance Festivals, Cultural events, fashion events, VIP Emirates Function, marketing campaigns, commercial cabaret RSL shows , independent and commercial television, video pop, international and local film, celebrity and bespoke celebrity events.
Tamayo has worked with Miguel Maestre for over ten years. She has performed regularly, in his restaurants El Toro Loco, Apertif and Cafe Del Mar and features in some of his early cook books. Tamayo continues to perform/choreograph at his cooking and lifestyle events, Cake and Bake Festival Sydney 2018, 2019, 2022 and appeared on his TV show, The Living Room Channel 10.
After two years of Covid, Tamayo returned to the artistic stage as a soloist. Tamayo ‘s debut resulted form an invitation to perform for Nathalie Portman’s birthday in 2021. Recently, Tamayo was invited to feature at the National Gallery of Victoria, for the Centurian Picasso curators dinner, Winter series, July 2022.
History on Flamenco Australia
In 1998, Tamayo founded Flamenco Australia. The purpose was to create opportunities for both artists and audiences, making Spanish arts accessible and relevant, in the Australian community.
As a self funded venture, Tamayo took to rural and past the black stump locations, offering communities workshops, and shows. One may say the work was a pioneering venture for the Spanish Arts. The demand for her services grew exponentially, and over a period of fifteen years her work covered interstate, and internationally. Artists direct from Spain were sponsored to assist in delivering workshops and performances.
After twenty eight years in Sydney, Tamayo expanded audience engagement into international markets. This was achieved by bringing Spanish artists to perform, teach and collaborate. Tamayo focussed on creating new audiences, either as participants or observers through education, delivered in classes and performances.
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’.
In 2019, Tamayo was nominated by the Australia Dance Council, for her choreographic Spanish contemporary work EMERALD. The nomination was for the category ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’.
Recent contributions, 2021/2022:
Tamayo is passionate about creating holistic curriculum. Her teaching philosophy holds the firm belief that it is critical for contemporary Australian society to provide accessible and equitable opportunities to immerse, broaden and develop an appreciation of cultural dance, customs and practise.
In 2021, Tamayo worked with Classical Ballet 121, fulltime classical ballet academy, with Gilly Reevie. She was asked to write and prepare 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 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 recent research includes, 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; Alessandra Pecci, Faculty of Society & Design, paper Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) individuals and groups, communities beyond homeland: an exploration of trans-national contributions to national ICH traditions – in conversation with Australian Flamenco community ; 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.
Throughout COVID (2019 – 2021), Tamayo had been working with former Artistic Director of The American Ballet and current AD for Los Angeles Dance Project Benjamin Millepead. Benjamin 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.
Millepied casted Tamayo as the mother of Carmen. Her roles are Flamenco Dance choreographer and as a soloist performer. Her casted role is the mother of Carmen, Zilah. His latest project, feature film ‘ Carmen’ will be released worldwide in 2022 by Sony Pictures Classics.
In 2022, Tamayo gives weekly general open Flamenco classes at, The Sydney Choreographic Centre , Sydney. The classes are designed for professional level dancers of ballet, flamenco or contemporary dance. The Director of the centre is owned by Italian ballet dancer, choreographer and artistic director, Francesco Ventriglia.
In Sydney, Tamayo has produced weekly shows at GPO Postales, El toro Loco, Aperitf, Cafe del Mar for Miguel Maestre and since 2013 at Alegrias Spanish Tapas. Her unique fusion of Flamenco Ballet theatre can be seen performed by her touring group, Las Peinetas, whom at the resident artists at Alegrias every Friday night.
Photo by Sebastián Estrada, WoW Moments Production, 2022.
Las Peinetas Spanish Dance Theatre – Fusion of Flamenco and Ballet.
Tamayo has formed the Flamenco Ballet performance group called ‘Las Peinetas’. The group is made up of recent fulltime ballet graduates whom have studied at prestigious European Ballet schools, Sydney Dance Pre professional and with Tamayo, at their former ballet academies. Tamayo has carefully hand selected these performers through an audition process, ensuring they had the grace – fire – pasion 🔥 for the stage.
The best way to describe Las Peinetas, is they perform Flamenco Ballet. This is a true unique bend between both genres and it is the first group of it’s kind in Australia. Currently, the group are booked weekly and perform at various bespoke locations across NSW. The focus of the group is, to present traditional works in a contemporary context whilst maintaining the authenticity of Andalusian folklore, storytelling.
Las Peinetas . Photo by Sebastian Estrada of Wow Moment Productions.. 2022.
Tamayo’s further education studies include; Ballet in ADAP, 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 and has Postgraduate studies in Production Sound Engineering.
CALL or SMS – 0415 384 038 for any queries