Marina Tamayo is a Flamenco Dance artist/choreographer and is the Director/Founder of Flamenco Australia.
Flamenco Australia™ was founded by Marina Tamayo in 1998.
The inspiration to start the company was to fill the lack of services and support for Spanish Dance students and artists in Australia. Having experienced the lack of performing opportunities and structured training schedules with international teachers, Marina was determined to make a change by creating opportunities to assist those in the same predicament. Marina began to offer mentorship, scholarships, performance management, sponsorships, visas and teaching employment for aspiring and practising professionals in the industry.
The company quickly gained recognition for its support and inclusiveness, comprehensive and unique professional services becoming a recognised go between for professional artists between Spain and Australia.
The company began designing and delivering incursion programs for both Dance and Music faculties, catering for all levels in public and private education sectors.
Flamenco Australia™ not only supports the professional artist but also engages local professional flamenco artists to be mentored by herself and other invited guests from Spain.
“…how fortunate we are to express and celebrate life through music, song and dance.” Marina Tamayo
The early days were humbling, simple and inclusive. Tamayo began her teaching in 1982 in South Australia. In 1998, Tamayo decided to make a break for Sydney to expand her network and performance opportunities. As previously mentioned, unable to to find an opportunity to perform nor teach anywhere in Sydney, she decided to start alone.
Tamayo began teaching Flamenco dance in an abandoned scout hall, located on the northern beaches of NSW. At first she had one student, then within five years she employed up to eight resident teachers and serviced hundreds of students monthly, with twenty years later on, she has taught thousands across Australia, Tasmania, Spain, Brazil, London, Japan, New Zealand.
Tamayo used her relaxed nature and dress code to connect and encourage the community to engage in this art form. Many students preferred to dance in civil clothes, rather than dance attire. Also, to accommodate students facing financial hardship, Tamayo applies the principle of reciprocity and offered class regardless of socio-economic dispositions.
Classes within five years experienced a quick enrolment growth. Within this period Tamayo eventually offered opportunities to more advanced students and interstate teachers across Australia, and Spain to share the work load. Flamenco Australia would grow to have a lasting and continual impact on the Australian Flamenco and Spanish Dance scene and become a guide for aspiring Spanish dancers, teachers and studio owners.
Tamayo continues as a dedicated, passionate, active practitioner in the Australian Flamenco and Spanish dance scene, celebrating over forty years in the community integrating classical and contemporary stages. She responded immediately to Australian students and Spanish artists by transforming all her classes within a week online.
Flamenco Australia has been operating as the premier agency for Spanish and Flamenco dance services since 1998. Its presence as a strong contributor to the promotion of Spanish Performing Arts in Australia is embedded in its inclusive holistic and ethical dance practises.