RETAZOS – flamenco dance recital by Julio Ruiz

7.30pm Saturday 16 October, Didsbury Baptist Church M20 6SX

A fantastic evening of traditional flamenco with national prize winning young artists from Spain. Dancer and artistic director Julio Ruiz brings this flamenco dance recital with two outstanding musicians – singer Cristo Heredia and guitarist David Caro. Already respected performers and teachers in their own right, mostly based in Madrid, Almeria and Sevilla respectively, they perform together regularly between tours and other engagements. This show brings energy and passion, great depth of feeling, musicianship and elegance, with a touch of humour.



‘Flamenco Millennial’ show at Instituto Cervantes 31 October 2019

On 31st October, at 7pm, David Morales, along with Esperanza León and Salvador Andrades will perform at Instituto Cervantes Manchester. 

Tickets are via Eventbrite:


Flamenco Dance Show for one night only!

7pm Friday 9th March, hosted by Instituto Cervantes Mánchester and Espíritu Flamenco

‘Flamenco sin Fronteras’ is presented by Francesca Girone and Sarah Chambers. Tickets from Eventbrite or Instituto Cervantes

This is a dance and music performance which has been created to highlight the fact that authentic, pure flamenco has a universal appeal and as such has won World Heritage status. The participating artists are from Jerez de La Frontera, Almería, England and Holland.

Al baile/dancers: Jairo Amaya, Francesca Girone
Al cante/singer: Cristo Heredia
Al toque/guitar: Carlos Van Tongeren


Flamenco Workshops with Jairo Amaya and Cristo Heredia

Flamenco dance, guitar and palmas (clapping/rhythm) workshops with Jairo Amaya and Cristo Heredia

Saturday 9th March
11.30-12.30 Beginner/improver dance (bulerias de Jerez)
11am-12 Guitar accompaniment for cante (bulerias de Jerez)
1-2pm Palmas
2-4pm Intermediate dance with cante (alegrias)

Sunday 10th March
11.30-12.30 Beginner/improver dance with cante (bulerias de Jerez)
11am-12 Cante (bulerias de Jerez)
1-2pm Palmas
2-4pm Intermediate dance with cante (alegrias)
Contact Sarah at for booking and further details.
Jairo Amaya is an internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher based in Jerez. Starting his professional dance career at the age of 16, he initially toured as part of the dance company of Maria del Mar Moreno and then as a soloist and teacher across Europe, Israel and the USA. When in his native Jerez, Jairo works in all of the most popular tablaos and penas (flamenco venues) as well as teaching in his own studios.His style is distinctively Jerezano, combining strength and force with the ‘sonequette’ and musical quality that is famous in this ‘cradle of flamenco’.
Cristo Heredia is from a flamenco family in Almeria, both his grandfather and father also being singers. A cantaor (flamenco singer) for dance from the age of 13, he formally debuted at the annual festival of Fondón de Almería with Tomatito at the age of 14 years. He has performed all over Spain and joined other world famous artists on tour, including Niño Josele, La Lupi and Juan de Juan. At the age of 19, Paco de Lucia requested his presence on the ‘Good Things’ tour. His recordings include ‘Almeraya’.


Flamenco cante and workshops, from Granada

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October

Antonio Heredia Heredia and Francesca Girone will be giving cante (flamenco song), dance and palmas (flamenco clapping) workshops in Manchester city centre.  They will also be joining Sarah Chambers to host an informal flamenco show in Didsbury on Saturday 20th October at 8pm.  This weekend is a rare chance to learn and enjoy flamenco song at its highest level, from a professional gitano singer.

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.

Provisional bookings for workshops and the show will be held until 30 September.  Bookings are confirmed on payment and an ‘early bird’ discount is available until 30 September.  Bookings are via Sarah,

Saturday 20 Oct
12-1.30 Beginner dance, tangos  – Francesca
12.30-2pm Cante (flamenco song), tientos – Antonio
2-3pm Palmas (flamenco clapping) – Antonio
3-5pm Intermediate dance, tientos – Francesca and Antonio
8pm Informal show / peña  – hosted by Sarah, Antonio and Francesca

Sunday 21 Oct
12-1.30 Beginner dance, tangos  – Francesca
12.30-2pm Cante (flamenco song), tientos – Antonio
2-3pm Palmas (flamenco clapping) – Antonio
3-5pm Intermediate dance, tientos – Francesca and Antonio

Classes accompanied by Paul Gibson

La Suerte Dance Studios, 3rd Floor, 60 Charles Street, Manchester.  M1 7DFFacebooktwitterFacebooktwitter

Flamenco Dance Introduction

With Sarah Chambers

These two classes will provide an introduction to flamenco dance, suitable for beginners and improvers. Come along if you have not tried flamenco dance before, or if it has been a while and you are a bit rusty!
Dancers at a higher level are very welcome to come and brush up on footwork, palmas and structure.

I will be covering basic flamenco technique and the different percussive dance steps, compas (rhythm), palmas (clapping) and body work. The second class will incorporate these into a short choreography in the alegrias palo, together with simple palmas to accompany the dance.
Here is a clip that gives good examples of the alegrias song form:

Saturday 30th June and 7th July
1-2pm Flamenco technique
2-3pm Alegrias
Follow up classes will be offered in the autumn.FacebooktwitterFacebooktwitter