Marina Tamayo -Training

Marina Tamayo – Flamenco Training

Marina has studied with  some of the most influential teachers of Flamenco;

  • Monolete
  • La Tati
  • Antonio Reyes
  • Manuel Reyes
  • Belén Maya
  • Rafaela Carrsaco
  • Merche Esmeralda
  • La China
  • Eli Truco
  • Belén Fernandez
  • Maria Magdelena
  • Luis de Luis y
  • Esther Marin Garcia.
  • Paco Torres

Marina studied in Jerez de la Frontera, Granada from 1984 and full time at The Institute of Flamenco El Amor de Dios, Casa Patas and El Comborio studio, Madrid 2003 – 2006.

“I embrace all of my past, current, future teachers and students daily thanking them for what they inspire me to achieve …” Marina Tamayo


Adelaide, Sydney AUSTRALIA; Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA; Granada, Madrid, Jerez, SPAIN.

Marina studied and has performed Flamenco for over 38 years. Marina started her dance training as a Classical Ballet & Modern Dance student in 1974 RAD with Jacqueline Johnson, Kenneth Norman, and Garry Carse.

Marina left Australia in 1984 to return to her family home and study Flamenco in Sacromonte, Granada with the late Paco Torres. Torres was impressed by the 14 year old Tamayo inviting her to join his dance company located at Jardines Neptuno Tablao Granada.

After two decades of performance work, In 2001, Marina returned to the training studios of Spain was accepted to study full time 4 years under the great artists La Tati, Merche Esmeralda, studying under, Antonio Reyes, Rafaela Carrsaco, Belen Maya, Manuel Reyes, La China and La Truco. at the prestigious Amor De Dios, Centro de Arte Flamenco y Danza Española Medalla de Plata al Mérito en Las Bellas Artes Federación de Entitades del Flamenco de la C.A. de Madrid in Flamenco Dance. Marinas’ final formal dance studies was certified & approved by the General Consulate of Spain,.

Marina furthered her studies in Buenos Aires with full-time Classical Spanish with Argentina’s acclaimed classical Spanish Dance artist Graciela Rios Saiz & Omar Urraspuro of Buenos Aires.

Marina’s teaching boasts a stellar thirty-eight-years. Tamayo is dedicated to the creative process, devising shows in collaboration with artists from alternative genre and media. From eisteddfods, school spectacular, fashion shows, video clips, charities and school concerts to an impressive diverse ‘A’ list of choreographic collaborations with international choreographers, actors and dancers names known in various genre for example, (Cabaret) Michael Boyd,  (Club & Cabaret) Ame D’ Álves (GPO),  (Cabaret Theatre) Carmelo Pizzino (Ball room – Postales), (Contemporary Spanish and Flamenco Dance Theatre ) Aitor Hernandez ( former Ballet National of Spain, Hernandez Tamayo Spanish Theatre), (Flamenco Dance Theatre)  Jesus Olmedo, (Film  – Flamenco Character) Rossy D’Palma (Carmen), Melissa Barrera (Carmen – Flamenco character), (TV Show) Miguel Maestre & Megan Wragg (Dancing With The Stars), Benjamin Millpead (Carmen – Film; former American Ballet and Ballet Paris Opera). 

In addition, Tamayo dedicated over 35 years training students. Tamayo has lectured at TAFE, University, Private colleges, Australian Dance Theatre, Public and private schools, Rotary clubs, Spanish clubs across Australia, Sydney Dance Company Classes and Classical Ballet 121 Faculty for full time ballet studies.

Recently, Marina partnered with Aitor Hernandez Sanzano former dancer from the Nacional Ballet of Spain forming Hernandez Tamayo Spanish Dance Theatre.  The company enjoyed se awards, nominations, sponsorships, public funding and several national and international tours showcasing various sell out shows for intimate theatre.

Hernandez & Tamayo have been honoured as finalists in the Australian Dance Awards  2020, for ” Outstanding Achievement in Choreography in 2019″ for their latest production EMERALD. In addition, Tamayo picked up a second nomination for her “Services to Dance” creating opportunities for engagement in remote, urban and international platforms, 2018.  

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