Vamos a España
I still remember that first evening.
Sitting together in the courtyard, eating tapas, sharing stories.
It was the fall of 2012, and we were in Jerez. A group of extranjeros. Together in Spain to learn and grow and have a good time.
We danced and laughed, did flamenco, saw flamenco, heard flamenco. We walked about the town eating yummy food, drinking sherry and café con leche.
But, wait, let’s back up for a moment.
You see, I’ve gone to Spain to study several times. On my own. With family. With friends. At festivals. Each had its benefits, but none really fulfilled my flamenco learning desires. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I realized what I truly wanted from my flamenco study trips.
It was the spring of 2011, and I was studying in Jerez. I was exposed to a lot of flamenco. I took many classes. Perhaps too many. I saw shows. I learned. I was with a friend most of the time. I met new friends. And I had a good time indeed.
I loved being in a place where relaxation was built into the day. I loved the sunshine. I loved meeting new people. I loved walking down the street and hearing flamenco. And I especially loved my classes with Mercedes. But it was also very hard.
So I found myself thinking a lot about how I might do things differently.
Almost daily I wished to be taking a workshop rather than struggling through the established classes that had been going on all year. I wished to be with others like me who were only there temporarily. But not in the HUGE classes offered during the festivals. I wanted to be in a small group, with people who could relate to my experiences. Then I realized that if I wanted this, others must too.
It was time to organize a trip, my ideal flamenco trip.
That trip happened last fall when I took a group of students to Jerez for two weeks. And, I invite you to join me this May when I return for another.
Dance. Do palmas. Hear flamenco all around you. Eat tapas. Drink sherry. Relax at the Arabic baths. Learn from one of the best in small classes catered especially to you...