‘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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/concert-flamenco-millennial-at-instituto-cervantes-manchester-tickets-76246219495


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 espiritu.flamenco@virginmedia.com 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’.


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 glenn@glennsharp.co.ukFacebooktwitterFacebooktwitter

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, espiritu.flamenco@virginmedia.com

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz1hfI7sneU

Saturday 30th June and 7th July
1-2pm Flamenco technique
2-3pm Alegrias
Bookings: sa.chambers3546@virginmedia.com
Follow up classes will be offered in the autumn.FacebooktwitterFacebooktwitter

Flamenco dance workshops with Francesca Girone

IMG_0736Saturday 16th June, 1-2.30pm La Suerte Dance School.  Fin de fiesta por tangos – Beginner/improver flamenco dance workshop

This cheerful/up tempo class is suitable for complete beginners, or improvers who want to prepare some fin de fiesta tangos to join in at flamenco events. It will cover palmas (clapping), finding the base compas (rhythm) in the music, hand and arm coordination (plus exercises to continue at home), easy footwork and how to fit the dance with typical tangos songs.  For improvers this is an interesting variation to the more traditional flamenco tangos as it is designed to be danced at fiestas/juergas and is a popular alternative to fiesta por bulerias.

Cost is £18, places are confirmed on payment
For bookings, contact Sarah at sa.chambers3546@virginmedia.com

Saturday 16th June, 2.45 – 4.45pm La Suerte Dance School. Extend your choreography in 12 – Intermediate dance workshop

This class will cover various pieces of rhythmic footwork and contratiempos, showing how to adapt them for different palos in 12 and how to extend or vary your choreography. Students will learn blocks of footwork and some useful remates and then start to learn how to use these in different ways in order to amplify their existing repertoire. The sequences will be shown with accompaniment for Soléa por Buleria, Alegrias, and Solea.

Cost is £25, places are confirmed on payment
Cost if booked with the Fin de fiesta por tangos £40
For bookings, contact Sarah at sa.chambers3546@virginmedia.com

Location for both workshops:
La Suerte Dance School
3rd Floor,
60 Charles St,
M1 7DF


Dance workshops with Ana García

Ana Garcia


Saturday 19th May
1-2.30 Technique & fandangos – Improver/lower intermediate
2.45 – 4.45 Technique & tientos – Intermediate
Sunday 20th May
1-2.30 Technique & fandangos – Improver/lower intermediate
2.45 – 4.45 Technique & tientos – Intermediate

Improver/lower intermediate course, 2 days £40
Intermediate course, 2 days £50
Both courses, 2 days £80

All classes at:
La Suerte Dance School
3rd Floor,
60 Charles St,
M1 7DF
For bookings, contact Sarah at sa.chambers3546@virginmedia.com

Ana is a well-known flamenco dancer and choreographer, as well as being a flamenco dance teacher at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham. Her teaching is greatly valued, with students travelling significant distances to attend her classes.FacebooktwitterFacebooktwitter

Improvisation skills for guitarists with Glenn Sharp

This workshop will cover routines for improving your improvisation, improvisation and creativity exercises and developing your confidence. This will be a fun practical workshop, rather than a theoretical one.

The workshop will take place at Rogue Artists’ Studios new site at the former Varna Street Primary School in Gorton. Full details will be provided when booking.


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 sa.chambers@virgin.net
£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.FacebooktwitterFacebooktwitter