Irene La Serranilla was born in Madrid. From a young age she studied flamenco dance, and continued her studies in Granada and Seville, where she learnt from some of the best masters, including Juan Amaya, La Farruca, Patricia Guerrero, La Moneta and Manuel Liñan. She has been dancing in the best “tablaos” in Madrid and Granada for over eight years. Her style of dancing is both traditional and expressive, and she teaches flamenco dance in her own school in the traditional Albaycin quarter of Granada, placing the main focus of her classes on the comprehension of the language of flamenco as an art form, and also the pleasure of dancing.
Lolo de la Encarna was born in Granada, and obtained a degree as a teacher from the University of Granada. He started to play flamenco guitar at the age of eight. He studied with renowned guitarists Luis Mariano and José Jiménez “El Viejín”, and also took courses with Rafael Riqueni. Lolo has accompanied a number of artists both from Granada and outside the province. He has worked both on a national and international level, giving concerts and workshops in Switzerland, Tunisia, Morocco, Georgia and Germany, amongst others. He is much sought after by both singers and dancers, as well as a soloist. He currently teaches flamenco guitar and works in the “tablaos” of Granada, as well as collaborating with various flamenco groups.
CusCus Flamenco is led by singer/violinist Hamid Ajbar, originally from Morocco, but based in Spain for over twenty years. He grew up in a musical environment in his hometown of Chefchaouen, which boasts a direct legacy of Andalusian music, transmitted through generations ever since the expulsion of the Muslims from Spain. He studied both Andalusian and Arab singing for over ten years, and has won several prizes on a national level in Morocco for his singing. He has collaborated with some of the greatest flamenco artists including the late Paco de Lucia, Carmen Linares, Jose Merce, and El Lebrijano. He has taken part in several festivals in Mexico, Switzerland, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Spain, and is currently planning a UK tour for next year.
Alberto Funes is a flamenco singer from Granada who was one of the first to graduate in the Cristobal de Morales Conservatory of Seville under the modality of flamenco song. He continued his studies with El Pele, Paco Taranto, Marina Heredia and Calixto Sanchez, amongst others, and has taken part in many festivals and events worldwide, including the Flamencura Festival in Moscow, the Biennale in the Netherlands and others.
On 18th and 19th January 2019 we have the wonderful Ruth Tejado visiting from Madrid.
Ruth will be teaching 2 workshops to bring us a glorious Tangos choreography to perform at the Pena held in her honour at Seven Arts on 19th January.
Friday 18th January – 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday 19th January – 11:00 – 15:00
Dance Studio Leeds, Macaulay Street, LS9
Full 6 hours is £55 with an earlybird offer of just £50 if paid by 1st December 2018.
Aimed at Intermediate to Advanced level.
We are thrilled to announce the return of Natalia Garcia-Huidobro. This time she brings with her Ramon Ruiz and Julio Lopez to bring a spectacular feast for the eyes and ears!
We are also running a pre-show workshop suitable for EVERYONE! Complete beginners and aficianados alike can start the show with some words of wisdom and teachings from one of our favourite visiting performers.
On 7th July 2018 we are extremely excited to be hosting workshops at Meanwood Community Centre. Natalia Garcia-Huidobro will be teaching a dance workshop from 12:00 – 14:00, this is aimed at intermediate/advanced level and the palos will be Cana.
This workshop is £35 but we are offering an earlybird discount price of £30 if booked before 20th June 2018.
There is also a Cante (singing) workshop with Julio Lopez from 14:30 – 16:00 which is £20 or £15 under the earlybird offer.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in the workshops and we will happily book you a space.