Marina Tamayo – Biography

Family tree, Carmona-Guerrero , Montes-Tamayo. – de Granada. 

Flamenco Artist – Choreographer 

Bio Short Summary

Marina Tamayo is a professional Flamenco Dance choreographer and teacher. She trained in Spain both with the gypsies of Sacromonte (where her family is from) Madrid, Jerez and Granada.

Tamayo has performed, taught and choreographed globally, for over 37years.   Her studies include Ballet in both RAD and Cecchetti . Also, she  studied Classical Pianoforte Music Composition and Theory at The Conservatorium of Music, Audio Engineering and has postgraduate studies in Production Sound Engineering. In addition,  Tamayo holds a Bachelor of Education from Curtin University and currently registered with the NSW Board of Education (NESA) as a Teacher.

Tamayo founded Flamenco Australia in 1998. The company purpose is to engage artists, community as participants, audiences in rural, national and international markets by  education, classes and performances.

Education is a high priority. Tamayo is constantly evaluating, reflecting and devising curriculum relevant to the students. There are many years of development in Flamenco and Spanish Dance curriculum. Her research and design for a contemporary and relevant Flamenco and Spanish Dance program was implemented in the Certificate IV and Diploma Elite Dance Performance in Classical Ballet Australian Teachers of Dancing for Classical Ballet 121 students (Gilly Reevie former Royal Ballet).

Tamayo is a dual nominee in the The Australian Dance Awards. The first was in 2018, nationally  recognised for her ‘Service to Dance’,  and the second in 2019, for her  Outstanding Achievement in Choreography with Aitor Hernandez former dancer of the Ballet Nacional of Spain. More recently, Tamayo  worked on Director of LAPD (Los Angeles Dance Project) former Artistic Director of The American Ballet Benjamin Millepead, as choreographer and performer in his Director debut project, feature film ‘ Carmen’.

Artist: Marina Tamayo, Flamenco Australia

Biography In Detail

Marina Tamayo is described as an artist possessing ‘duende’ – gitana. Described as “a dancer that holds nothing back” by Spanish dancer Antonio Vargas, Marina resonates with her cultural practise with Flamenco and Spanish dance.  Aitor Hernandez  (former dancer of the Nacional Ballet of Spain ) described Marina as  “one of the most powerful artists I have met on stage, crafting magic in her every movement”.

As a soloist, Marina has performed in theatre, commercial and independent television, short, most recently in international feature film, contemporary dance and curated arts festivals.  Her interest in artistic cutting edge and independent projects has been a driving light of her performing career.


Artist: Marina Tamayo, Flamenco Australia

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Marina Tamayo is a freelance teacher and choreographer.  Marina began developing her skills in choreography, teaching and her performance career simultaneously, at the age of fourteen years. Tamayo choreographed for Ballet schools, eisteddfods, fitness clubs, Spanish Community, private and public schools, performers, cabaret, fashion week, television, film, dance videos, private shows, events and corporate engagements.

Tamayo’s Flamenco Sydney classes began at The Sydney Dance Company wharf  studios, Spanish Dance School,  and The Spanish Club Sydney. Later, Marina opened her own professional Flamenco studio and formed the company, Flamenco Australia, 1998.

Flamenco Australia has been operating for over twenty-five years. It hosts international artists, produces major dance works, engages Australian community in classes, tutorials, festivals and shows.  The company has successfully formed and produced professional touring groups nationally,  such as Flamenco del Mar, Flamenkitas, multi award nominated and winning Hernandez Tamayo Spanish Dance Theatre  and currenty, Las Peinetas ( a six piece Flamenco Ballet company).

In 1998, Flamenco Australia reached out to the international arts market, drawing artists to Australia sharing their expertise by mentoring in formal dance classes and engaging with performances. Tamayo continues to produce and administrate study opportunities for dancers across Australia to Spain, for professional careers, supporting professional Spanish artists in Australia. 

Artist: Marina Tamayo, Flamenco Australia with Guest artist Clarissa da Silva at Lizottes. Copyright. Do not use without permission.


Finalist in the The Australian Dance Awards 2018,   for her ‘Service to Dance’, presented by the Australian Dance Council.

  •  Recognised for her commitment, passion and dedication to the arts, cultural community sectors and her extensive contributions of twenty five years which scope both regional, nation arts education, creative performance and arts business sectors.

Finalist,  2019 Australian Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography 

  • In 2020, Marinas collaborative dance company Hernandez Tamayo was Australia’s first Spanish Dance Company to be a finalist in the Choreographic awards for their work EMERALD. 

Winner for Best Costume at Auckland Festival of Arts, New Zealand

  • 2019, Tour to NZ, Auckland Festival – Best Costume Award for EMERALD Design by James Penrose and Hernandez Tamayo

Adelaide Fringe, 2013

  • 2013 The Advertiser ‘Most Recommended Show’ 4.5 Stars The Sounds of Spain for Adelaide Fringe Festival
Artist: Marina Tamayo, Flamenco Australia.  Copyright 2021. Do not use without permission.


Featured in several Spanish books, music videos and University research documentary thesis papers.

  • Roger James, Bringing Back the Damsons Meditative Poems
  • North Sydney Studio of Dancing, 
  • Nellie Bennet, Only in SPAIN – The New Season, Where’s your Culo?
  • Miguel Maestre Cooking Bookings, TAPAS Vol I & vol II. 
Artist: Marina Tamayo, Flamenco Australia.  Broken Hill, NSW 2021. Copyright. Do not use without permission.


As a choreographer, Tamayo is dedicated to quality and authentic creative process. As an advocate for social justice, Marina promotes inquiry inside and outside boundaries to promote discussion, challenge ideas, and assumptions in varied contexts. The purpose of this deep inquiry is to contribute towards social change, for equity in all living beings, through performing arts.

Tamayo’s theatre works are guided by Andalusian folklore and storytelling. These choreographies often explore human nature, our needs for connection and include personal narratives.

Tamayo’s  objectives for her dance performance and choreographic contributions focus on connecting and inspiring her audience, to be a voice for the unspoken, to listen to the unheard and contribute towards making a more mindful society.


Artist: Marina Tamayo, Flamenco Australia. Copyright 2021. Do not use without permission.

Marina specialises in theatre, television and film.   Choreographic clients include Wolf Blass, Emirates, Merivale, SBS, Channel 7, Channel 10, FOX, Disney Kids, Australian Grand Prix, Soccer Australia, Miguel Maestre, National Gallery of Victoria . 

Most recently, Marina was invited as the guest soloist, to perform at the Winter Exhibition held in The National Gallery of Victoria for the Picasso Centurion dinner.  Tamayo was accompanied by Jerez guitarist,  Paco Lara.

Paco has been at the vanguard of Flamenco Fusion music genre, with hugely successful bands such as El Barrio (from 2000 to 2003) and Los Delinqüentes (from 2007 to 2011). Throughout his long and fruitful career, Paco Lara has recorded over 20 albums with some of the best flamenco artists in Spain. He performs and tours in  Australia with his own ensemble, Paco Lara Ensemble. 



Some of Tamayo’s artistic partnerships include, international artists Michael BoydAme Delves , Carmelo Pizzino (GPO Cabaret, 2005 – 2010); Aitor Hernandez Sanzano   (Nacional Ballet of Spain),  and Jesus Olmedo (London Flamenco Soul) from Madrid (Tablao, Theatre, 2009 – 2019); Benjamin Millepead (Film, 2021).


Artist: Marina Tamayo, Flamenco Australia. Copyright 2021. Do not use without permission.
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in 2021, Marina worked on the feature film CARMEN by Benjamin Millepead and Goalpost Productions, Executive Producer Rosemary Blight.  In this film, Tamayo coached the talented actress from Pedro Amolvodovar films Rossy D’Palma Melissa Barrera (Film) from Scream, in Flamenco dance. In addition, Tamayo was casted for the role as Zilah, mother of Carmen.

Benjamin Millepead is a film maker and former dancer, choreographer of The American Ballet Theatre and Opera Ballet of Paris , currently Artistic Director of LADP L.A Dance Project.

In July 2021, Marina was offered a position as faculty character teacher of the ATOD, Australian Teachers of Dancing Certificate IV/ Diploma course for full time Ballerinas, at CB121 (Classical Ballet 121). Marina works alongside former Royal Ballet Company dancers Gillie Reevie and Iohna Loots.

In September 2022, Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia  invited Tamayo to be a guest teacher for his Master Choreographers Program 2022 at The, with Sylvie Guillum as Patron.


Artist: Marina Tamayo, Flamenco Australia. Copyright 2021. Do not use without permission.


Current Clients/Referees include;

  • Ambassador of culture Miguel Maestre in his marketing Spanish culinary campaigns and TV shows, since 2012 – current (Choreographer)
  • Paulette Clark at Ribbleton Warmbloods as the worldwide MovementART Master instructor , since 2017 – current
  • Local business operator Kevin Bowen at Alegrias Spanish Restaurant, choreographing and managing their Spanish dance entertainment, since 2015 – current.
  • Classical Ballet 121, Gillie Reevie Classical Ballet Full time Dance (Choreographer)
  • Jesus Olmedo, Flamenco London, since 2017.  (Performer/Teacher/Choreographer)
  • Aitor Hernandez Sanzano, since 2017  (Performer/Teacher/Choreographer)
Jesus Olmedo y Marina Tamayo

INERTIA. Photo by Adam Sills, 2016. Peacock Theatre, Tasmania. Copyright. Do not use photo without permission. 


  • to promote  Spanish and Gypsy culture for Australian society which is designed and delivered within a contemporary context.  
  • to create opportunities for accessible performing arts engagement
  • to promote equity in accessing art
  • to represent cultural storytelling authentically by preserving its traditional richness in a contemporary discourse.
Artists: Marina Tamayo & Aitor Hernandez, Hernandez Tamayo Spanish Dance Theatre, Flamenco Australia. Copyright 2021. Do not use without permission.

Photo by Cassie Strain, Hobart, Tasmania, 2019. Copyright. Do not use without permission.

Marina Tamayo has dedicated her career towards raising the level of professional Flamenco dance practises within the industry. This is achieved by adhering to and aligning with safe dance practises, writing contemporary curriculum, embedding professional assessment and protocols and quality education. Academically, Tamayo committed herself to gaining formal teaching and project qualifications to ensure professional standards are achieved. The following are some  academic studies;

Tamayo is on the standing committee of Ausdance NSW, acting in a advisory role. 

Academics include: Degree in Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production Engineering, Certificate in Project Management, Contract Law, Business Analysis, Effective Communications, Implementation of Projects. Philosophy and Metaphysics at Macquarie University, Visible Learning with Corwin Australia. Further studies in both pianoforte classical piano at the Conservatorium of music and Theory of music, and composition.

Artists: Marina Tamayo & Aitor Hernandez, Hernandez Tamayo Spanish Dance Theatre, Flamenco Australia. Copyright 2021. Do not use without permission.


EMERALD. Photo by M. Tamayo. Hobart MOVES Contemporary Dance   Festival, 2018. Copyright. Do not use without permission. 

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EMERALD, crossed various dance disciplines, and was presented in a contemporary format.  It was constructed through an arts residency of Professor Kelly Drummond-Cawthon and premiered in Hobart, Tasmania, NSW  at the MOVE Contemporary Dance Festival. It was included into the Festival of Auckland Arts program and was presented at the Auckland Fringe, New Zealand season. The show received five stars and rave theatre reviews. EMERALD picked another award for its courtier costumes designed by James Penrose (Melbourne) and Hernandez Tamayo at the Auckland Fringe Festival, New Zealand, 2020 for ‘Best Costuming’.

Artists: Marina Tamayo & Aitor Hernandez, Hernandez Tamayo Spanish Dance Theatre, Flamenco Australia. Copyright 2021. Do not use without permission.

Photo by Susan Sisel, Hernandez Tamayo in EMERALD 2018, Tasmania. Do not reproduce without permission.

Hernandez Tamayo company was supported by Professor Kelly Cawthon Drummond by offering a Artist in Residence in Moonah Arts Theatre to create and produce EMERALD. Further support was received by philanthropist Doctor Neralie Wise. The technical team included Aaaron Lee –  Music Editor, Jonathon Abatte Ramirez – Guitarist, Jason James – Lighting Design, Les Allistair – Set Design, and James Penrose  – Costume Design.



Artists: Marina Tamayo & Aitor Hernandez, Hernandez Tamayo Spanish Dance Theatre, Flamenco Australia. Copyright 2021. Do not use without permission.

FOLKMENCO Photo by Sandi Sissel, 2017 Moonah Arts, Tasmania. Copyright. Permission needed to use phot, Jo.

Marina’s theatre works are guided by folklore and storytelling.


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