Introduction to Flamenco Guitar

This short practical course will study flamenco guitar for beginners and will introduce the rhythms of flamenco and common techniques.
Basic knowledge of guitar playing required.

This popular course has been previously held at Instituto Cervantes, LIPA and Salford University.  £100 per student (for all 4 classes)

For more information, Please email


Informal flamenco show, 20 October

Come along to an informal flamenco show with improvised performances by Antonio Heredia and Francesca Girone! They will be joined by invited students who have participated in the day’s workshops in Manchester. There will also be some sevillanas and fin de fiesta for anybody who would like to join in with a professional singer. Guitar accompaniment from Nick Wilkinson, Paul Gibson, Simon Blackmore and Lawrence Saddoo.

Antonio has been singing professionally since he was 14 years old. He has sung for world class dancers including Belén López, Antonio Canales, El Carpeta, El Torombo and El Choro, featuring in some of Spain’s leading flamenco festivals. He works in the popular tablaos and peñas in his native Granada between these events.

Francesca is a dancer and events organiser based in Mojacar – Almeria. She has worked with Sarah and other Manchester flamenco enthusiasts to bring two of her professional shows to Manchester, performing as well as coordinating. Both Antonio and Francesca are bringing the traditional flamenco ‘puro’, Antonio having been born into a respected gypsy flamenco family and Francesca having studied and performed with gitanos for many years in Andalucia.

Admission is £8 advance and £10 on the door and includes a drink

To book in advance, please contact Sarah Chambers at by Wednesday 17 October


Live Flamenco from dotdotdot dance – Tablao Night

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Saturday 30th September at 8pm
Didsbury Baptist Church M20 6SX

Tickets £10 / £8 concession (students on dotdotdot workshops that day are entitled to concessions)

To book tickets,
or contact sa.chambers3546@virginmedia com

This is a tablao style flamenco performance in Didsbury, Manchester. The three dancers are Magdalena Mannion, Yinka Esi Graves and Noemí Luz, co-founders of dotdotdot dance company. Between them they have performed in Spain’s most prestigious venues and tablaos, including Corral de la Morería, Café de Chinitas, Tablao Arenal and Peña Flamenca la Perla de Cadiz.

They are joined by award-winning guitarist and composer Liam Howarth who has been based in Spain since 2010, playing in emblematic places such as Los Tarantos, Barcelona and Peña Torres Macarena, Seville. Also performing is the flamenco singer Anna Colom, who although young has been singing for over 20 years, having studied with Chiqui de la Línea and Mayte Martín, and performed all over the world.



Flamenco Guitar, Rhythm and Technique with John Walsh


This workshop will look at ways to develop really strong technique and rhythm that can be applied to a range of Palos including Alegrias, Bulerias, Solea and Tangos.

The workshop will be primarily aimed at intermediate players who want to gain more confidence with their playing in a range of styles, but it is open to other players too so please email with any questions.

10:30am – 5pm

Those of you have been to John’s previous workshops know how good they are and what an amazing player and teacher he is.

Book early to avoid disappointment.


Herencia Flamenca


‘Herencia Flamenca’ – Granada flamenco artists return to Manchester with their new show!

We are proud to announce that on Friday 3rd February 2017, some of Granada’s leading flamenco artists will be returning to Manchester for a performance of ‘HERENCIA’ (‘Heritage’), a history of flamenco in the Sacromonte district of Granada. This will include songs that are part of Granada’s heritage – traditional forms of gypsy songs, passed on between generations of families in the Sacromonte district including the families of the artists themselves. This is pure, raw, passionate gypsy flamenco from the heart of Granada. Tickets from Sarah Chambers at
£12 Advance / £10 Advance concession / £15 Door / £12 Door concession

Venue: Didsbury Baptist Church, School Lane, Didsbury M20 6SX (opposite Didsbury Village Metro Station)

Performance starts at 8pm

The artists:
Paco Fernandes – Baile (dance)
‘ El Principe Gitano’…one of Granada’s leading male flamenco dance artists and although still young in years he carries a wealth of experience at both national and international level. He combines a mix of technique and strength which he delivers in his own unique style.
Alejandro ‘ El Gambibas’ – Cantaor (singer)
Despite his young age he has a maturity and depth of voice that one can only describe as ‘el cante gitano puro’ (pure, deep gypsy song). Although he lives in Granada, he performs all over Spain and has been regularly contracted overseas in the last few years, especially in London and Brighton.
Manuel Cortes Heredia – Guitar
A popular Granada guitarist, he works regularly with some of Granada’s leading artists in several of the more prestigious Flamenco Tablaos (flamenco venues). His style reflects his maturity and calm persona. A lifelong musician and expert accompanist, he has years of professional experience working with singers and dancers at the highest level.
Francesca Girone ‘ La Gitana Inglesa’ – Baile (dance);
Born in Manchester, she has learnt her flamenco skills in Granada, Jerez and Almería. Aside from her regular flamenco performances in Spain where she resides, she is also a keen and successful Flamenco events organiser.


Fin de Fiesta Workshops – Direct from Granada

Fin de Fiesta workshops

We are proud to announce that on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of October, EXCITING FIN DE FIESTA flamenco dance and guitar workshops will be taking place. This is pure, raw, passionate gypsy flamenco from the heart of the Sacromonte District of Granada.

The dance courses are with one of Granada’s leading artists Paco Fernández and includes song and guitar. Paco brings a wealth of experience with him. He is a regular performer in the Granada tablaos, including the leading tablao ‘El Templo de Flamenco’ and has travelled the world with his art. The courses will show students all elements of flamenco (technique, rhythms, interpretation of ‘letras del cante’ and improvisation). He is also a patient and highly enthusiastic teacher who instils confidence in his students.

Alongside these courses, we will be offering a guitar course, delivered by well-known professional artist Manuel Cortes Heredia, who is a regular in ‘El Templo de Flamenco’.

Beginners / Improvers Dance, 1 – 2pm
Palmas, 2 – 3pm
Intermediate Dance, 3 – 5pm

Performance, 8 – 9.30pm

Guitar, 10.30-2pm
Beginners / Improvers Dance, 2 – 3pm
Intermediate Dance, 3 – 5pm
Guitar + Dance, 4 – 5pm

Course costs
Beginners / Improvers Dance (2 hours over 2 days, singer and guitarist) £30
Intermediate Dance (4 hours over 2 days, singer and guitarist) £60
Guitar (3 hours with break) £30
Guitar plus Dance (1 hour) £10
Palmas (rhythm and clapping) for dancers (any level) and guitarists £10

Due to availability of studios, the dance workshops will be held in two venues:
Saturday 1st Oct – The Dancehouse, 10 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 5QA
Sunday 2nd Oct – La Suerte Dance School, 3rd Floor, 60 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DF

The guitar workshop will be held at:
Rogue Artists’ Studios, 66-72 Chapeltown Street, Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2WH
The guitar and dance session will be held at La Suerte Dance School.

The Palmas workshop will be held at The Dancehouse.

We are sorry that we cannot issue any refunds for this course, except in the instance of cancellation by the artists. Please contact Sarah Chambers at for payment details to confirm your place.


Buleriás Workshop with John Walsh on 06/03/2016


A full day workshop with John Walsh covering: Playing Buleriás in different keys and composition.

11am – 5pm

Those of you have been to John’s previous workshops know how good they are and what an amazing player and teacher he is. The workshop will be long and intimate and allow time for everyone to play and receive feedback.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Dance Classes with Yinka Esi Graves on 19/03/2016


I am very excited to be returning to Manchester on the 19th of March to continue building on the work we started in autumn 2015.

I will be teaching 4 hours of classes:
1:30 hrs for level 1- technique + bulerías
2:30 hrs for level 2- technique + fandangos

If you’re interested in joining the course and for details on how to book your place please contact me here:

Date: Saturday 19th March 2016
Location: Central Manchester TBC


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