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 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


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
£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

Flamenco workshops 4/5 Feb


We are delighted to announce that the team from Granada will be returning to give dance, guitar and palmas workshops on Saturday 4th February and Sunday 5th February, after great feedback from their previous workshops.

The dance and palmas courses are with one of Granada’s leading artists, Paco Fernández. Paco works at world class level and brings a wealth of experience with him. He is a regular performer in the Granada tablaos (flamenco venues), including the leading tablao ‘El Templo de Flamenco’ and has toured Europe and Russia. He is also a patient and highly enthusiastic teacher who instils confidence in his students. We received excellent feedback from participants on his previous courses. There will be an opportunity to join with Alejandro and Manuel and learn how the baile fits with the cante and guitar.

Alongside these courses, we will be offering a guitar course, delivered by Manuel Cortes Heredia – a lifelong musician and expert accompanist, who is a regular in ‘El Templo de Flamenco’. Manuel has years of professional experience working with singers and dancers at the highest level and his teaching is patient and clear. We received excellent feedback from participants on his previous course. The focus of this February’s course is on how to accompany cante and baile – how to follow both the singer and the dancer and the interaction beween the two of them. There will be an opportunity to accompany Paco and Alejandro to put the class into practice.

Francesca and Eduardo Girone will again be translating for the classes. Francesca dances with the artists in Spain and they are both very knowledgeable about flamenco.

Course levels
Improvers dance, Tangos – minimum of 2 years’ experience and some knowledge of tangos needed
Intermediate dance, Jaleos – minimum of 4 years’ experience and some knowledge of bulerias needed
Improvers palmas – knowledge of flamenco compas needed, suitable for dancers or guitarists
Intermediate palmas – good knowledge of flamenco compas needed, this class will cover contratiempos, suitable for dancers or guitarists
Guitar, Jaleos – intermediate level with some knowledge of bulerias needed

Jaleos are a palo whose musical elements originate from the bulerias and solea. The dances for jaleos were very popular in the middle of the 19th century in the cafes cantantes and theatres. In many ways a jaleo is like a slow bulerias and it is thought that some originate from the Extremadura region. Here is a YouTube clip of Farruquito and Farru performing jaleos:

Course times
Saturday 4th Feb
Improvers palmas 12-1pm
Improvers dance, tangos 1-2pm
Intermediate palmas 2.30-3.30pm
Intermediate dance, jaleo 3.30-5.30pm
Sunday 5th Feb
Guitar, jaleo 10.30am -1.30pm
Improvers dance, tangos 2-3pm
Intermediate dance 3-5pm

Improvers Dance (2 hours over 2 days, singer and guitarist joining at end) £30
Intermediate Dance (4 hours over 2 days, singer and guitarist joining at end) £60
Guitar (3 hours, singer and dancer joining at end) £45
Palmas (rhythm and clapping) for dancers and guitarists £15

The dance and palmas workshops will be held at:
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

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.