The Flamenco Tour to Spain
Let’s go to Barcelona,
This beautiful and cosmopolitan city full of history and life, incredible art and architecture, fresh markets, and unexpected experiences.
In the 1950’s and 1960’s Barcelona experienced a wave of immigration from Andalucía helping to spread the flamenco culture of southern Spain to this northern city. During this time many peñas (flamenco clubs) were established in the city. Our teacher, David Romero’s, parents were a part of this, relocating to the north from Huelva in search of wkor. They settled in Barcelona and never left. You probably know of many of the famous flamencos who hail from this incredible city, Carmen Amaya, Miguel Poveda, Mayte Martín…
But back to David. I’d been admiring and wanting to study with him for several years and finally traveled to Barcelona to do so a couple of years ago.
He exceeded my expectations.
Meaning that a Flamenco Tour to Barcelona needed to happen (and it shall) November 1 – 9, 2015!
We’ll have a small group workshop including daily classes catered especially to our group (you) by David.
David has been dancing since he was three years old. He grew up experiencing flamenco in the peñas of Barcelona. His family (originally from Huelva) immigrated to Barcelona shortly before David was born. His brother is a guitarist, and his mom sings (for fun). He began working professionally when he was fourteen. (And he’s got lots of stories…) I’m pretty positive you’ll absolutely adore him and his classes not to mention his dancing. Oh, and his singing in class is pretty great too.
You can discover more about the Flamenco Tour to Barcelona here.
A Day in the Life of a Flamenco Student in Spain Series:
Find out what it’s like to experience flamenco in its birthplace with the Day in the Life of a Flamenco Student in Spain series. Whether you’re interested in going to Spain with me, with someone else, or by yourself, this series will give you an idea of what to expect once you get there.
And now, for some Flamenco Tour History
I’d 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, the first FlamencoTour, happened in the fall of 2012 when I took a group of students to Jerez for two weeks. I’ve since hosted a total of six trips to Jerez, and after spending time in Barcelona with David Romero I realized it was time to expand to other cities.
So I invite you to join me in Spain,
To dance, to do palmas, to hear flamenco all around you, to learn from some of the best, to experience flamenco in Spain, in its birthplace. To do it with me, someone who’s been there before, who speaks the language, and who believes in having a great time.
¡Hay que pasarlo bien!