Artists in Residence Program, 2020.
“Rarely comes a time when artists of this calibre come to our shores with an abundance of generosity, respect for authentic delivery.” MTamayo
BASICS – INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED Flamenco Training for Sydney in the CBD
From January 2020
Weekly professional dance classes
Marina Tamayo – Flamenco
Aitor Hernandez from the Ballet Nacional de Espana – Escuela Bolera
Jesus Olmedo Royal Conservatory of Madrid – Flamenco
Marina Tamayo Freelance artist, Granada.
Marina is a professional freelance dancer. She has trained and performed for over thirty- eight years in Flamenco dance. She has studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary dance styles including folk dancing for eleven years. She began studying Flamenco with the gypsies of Sacromonte, Granada, in her family town and has studied with mostly gypsy artists including Luis de Luis, Manolete, Belen Maya. Marina studied for four years full-time at the Institute of Flamenco in Madrid, ‘El Amor de Dios’ alongside some of the world’s most recognized Flamenco artists. As an artist, she has performed in major works for theatre, TV, film, and videos as a soloist. In addition, Marina has been invited as a guest artist and to produce stage shows for various corporate celebrity events and festivals.
Marina has contributed to the Flamenco arts community, by developing new markets, local and abroad (regional), increased audience participation through public and community workshops and performances, curating festivals, and organizing professional performances and events. Tamayo’s commitment to teaching spans over thirty-eight years. Three decades of young professional dancers have experienced the magic of her training and have continued onto professional dance careers throughout the world.
Marina has self-produced several world-class shows. These have been presented at The Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Bellingen Festival, The MOVES Festival of Contemporary Dance, The Bodies Festival of Contemporary Dance, Sydney Fringe Festivals. She has presented her theatre works including ‘Colores de la Vida’, ‘Flamenco del Mar at Camelot’ ‘The Sounds of Spain’, ‘Inertia’, ‘Folkmenco’. Her latest collaboration with Aitor Hernandez from the Ballet Nacional of Spain ‘EMERALD’ was produced by The Darlinghurst Theatre Company in 2018 and was received by a standing ovation. EMERALD was been invited to participate in and premiere Auckland Arts Festival, Summer Arts program 2020, and The Auckland Fringe Festival at TAPAC. Both shows were received with rave reviews by audiences and critics alike. Emerald won an award for Best Costume Design in the festival and was nominated for Best New Contemporary Work in the Australian Dance Awards.
Jesus Olmedo Royal Conservatory of Madrid
Jesus is an award-winning dancer and a joyful and encouraging teacher. A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. With an impressive background in Ballet and Spanish Dance, Jesus has been fully immersed in the Spanish Flamenco community since he was 8 years old. Jesus is also talented in percussion and flamenco guitar.
Jesus’s classes are expertly planned and integrated with good technique and meaningful milestones that bring joy and love into an intensive support class for serious students of flamenco, ideal for technical drills, marcaje, and traditionally structured choreography. Flamenco Australia is fortunate to have this caliber artist return frequently raising the bar of technical and artistic training.
Aitor Hernandez from the Ballet Nacional de Espana
Aitor is a professionally trained dancer graduating from the Conservatory of Madrid and gaining a performance placement in the Ballet Nacional de Espana touring Spain, Europe, and worldwide for six years. He is a sought after professional dancer in various international dance companies including Rafael Amargo, Aida Gomez, Sergio Bernal Dance company. With a sense of adventure and wanting to explore his creativity, Aitor left the companies to pursue his personal journey; an artistic career. Flamenco Australia is fortunate to be involved in this process.
Classes with Aitor require attention to upper body detail, presentation for stage and performance, and strengthening core positions. The demands are master level of ballet technique however uniquely delivered for all levels maintaining accessibility for all students who attend. Ideal for both men and women looking to improve posture, dance coordination, soniquete , detail and arte.