WE SAY  “with professionals from Granada”, –

because the tutors of our school are exclusively from Granada – they are mature artists with international teaching experience who are passionate about Granada.

The main principles of our teaching method are based on three inseparable components – Technique, Compás and Choreography.  Each of our intensive courses consists of flamenco technique classes for a specific style, choreography for this style and compulsory compás classes. Only by learning all these three components separately and in conjunction with each one can fully master and understand the specific style of flamenco dance and the art of flamenco in general.  

Our goal is to ensure students’ understanding of flamenco, give clear instructions and reveal the codes of the dance form.  We deeply respect the art of flamenco, as well as to those who study it. We are open to answering any questions and believe that questions are an essential part of interaction between a teacher and a student that contributes to the learning process. 

DANCE – ANA CALI

Born in Motril in the province of Granada, Ana started to dance when she was 6. At the age of 8 she was already taking classes with flamenco teacher Mariquilla and for the next 5 years she learned from Eva Yerbabuena. She also took flamenco classes with Javier LatorreJavier BaronJuan AmayaBelen Maya and Rafaela Carrasco among others. For many years she was a principal dancer in Maya Group gaining recognition in the world of flamenco as a brilliant performer.

Ana worked with Juan RamirezMayte Martin and Belen Maya, and toured across Europe performing in a flamenco dance production together with pianists Jesus Hernandez and Sergio Pamies and percussionist Ruben Dantas. She is also a creator of flamenco performances called “Hechizo de agua”, “De cobre y lunares” and “P’atrás”.    

Several times she became a finalist of the National Competition of Flamenco Art in Cordoba.

DANCE – CHUA ALBA

Born in Granada, Chua Alba has dedicated more than 25 years to her own training as a dancer, as well as to researching and teaching flamenco dance.

Chua was born in Granada in 1965. She began dancing at a very young age and studied under the guidance of very gifted teachers – Miquel Medina, Pressy and Manolete. She continued her education in Madrid with Carmela Greco, Inmaculada Ortega and Miguel Canas. She then studied in Jerez under Tibu la Tormenta, Ana Maria Lopez and Maria del Mar Moreno, and in Seville with Juan Paredes.

In the early 80’s her teacher Pressy introduced her to the caves of the Sacramonte. As a principle dancer she collaborated with the Cuadro Alhucema group and created a performance that was shown in Granada and later in Luxemburg. She presented a master class – demonstration at a conference organised by the journalist and flamenco lover – Miguel Angel Gonzalez. She designed and produced flamenco workshops for two highly acclaimed Spanish schools in Granada – Carmen de las Cuevas and Castila.

In 1993 Chua moved to Salamanca where she actively collaborated with the local Romani Flamenco Association and also taught there for a few months before moving to the Basque Country. In Gexto she taught in various schools, but eventually opened her own school of dance.  In addition to managing her own school she designed and delivered many classes and workshops in Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria.

In 1996 Chua began to investigate Txalaparta, a percussion instrument native to the Basque Country, and started to use it in flamenco. She created a performance called Distintas that toured and was seen in almost every city in the Basque Country including the Kursaal Donostia in San Sebastian and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Compostela in Gallicia, Mont de Marsan in France and twice in Granada. She then participated in a documentary directed by Oskar Tejedor – Txalaparta – the echo of the Basque Country villages.

In 2005 Chua returned to Granada where she created a small flamenco group Flamenco y +. It was a very versatile and adaptable group that taught and performed throughout Andalucia and the Basque Country.

In 2009 Chua opened her flamenco school in Granada. Under the direction of Encarna Vargas and together with the Andalucian Institute of Flamenco she also co-produced a new performance )Paréntesis( focused on bringing attention to the gender violence and discrimination against women in Spain.

Chua’s talent as both a teacher and a choreographer has not gone unnoticed in the international flamenco circles and so, in addition to teaching in her own school, she has also developed and taught classes and workshops worldwide. She has taught in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Greece, Brazil, Russia (Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow, and Saint Petersburg), Kazakhstan (Almaty, Astana), Ukraine (Kiev, Mariupol and Donetsk) and the United States (San Diego and Santa Ana, California). In Spain she is a well-known tutor all over Andalucia having also taught in Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria.

Chua continues to live, dance and teach flamenco in the heart of Granada. She is currently developing additional workshops and classes for Spanish as well as for international groups to be taught here in Granada and abroad.

DANCE – ELISA MARIA AGUILAR

Elisa Maria was born in Granada and started learning flamenco from Mariquilla and Maite Galan. At the age of 18 she moved to Madrid where she continued her dance training in flamenco school “Amor de Dios” with teaches like Maria Magdalena, Merche Esmeralda, La China, Olga Pericet, Manuel Reyes, Marcos Flores,  Manuel Linan, Alfonso Losa, La Tacha, David Paniagua and Rafaela Carrasco among others. In 2011 she graduated from the Maria de Avila Higher Dance Conservatory of Madrid (CSDMA) specialising in Pedagogy.

From 2003 until 2013 Elisa Maria performed in many tablaos in Madrid, such as “Café de Chinitas”, “Corral de la Morería”, “Al Andalus”, “Torres Bermejas” and “Las Tablas”. She created choreography for actress Eva Marciel in film “La historia de Estrella” (2003). She worked as a soloist in Tomas de Madrid Company in dance production “Caminos Flamencos” (2007) and Luis Davila Company’s “Carmen” (2006), and took part in “Réquiem” of Christian Perez that received an award at the Choreographers’ Competition of Madrid in 2012. In 2015 she performed at SIF festival (International Week of Flamenco in Conil de la Frontera). She toured internationally in Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Japan and Dubai, and worked as a teacher in schools such as “Flamenquería” in Moscow, “Alma del Flamenco” and “Escuela Alegría” in Japan.

SING – SARA LA SAMARONA

 

Sara La Samarona was born in La Linea de la Concepcion (Cadiz) in a family of flamenco lovers. She was interested in dance, but due to an injury she ended up focusing on singing.   

Being a versatile performer, she collaborated with musicians of different musical styles and participated in the creation of several music albums. 

She sang at tablaos all over Spain and took part in many musical festivals in Germany, Morocco, Italy, Poland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. She has shared stage with artists such as Remedios Amaya.

Sara currently teaches flamenco cante (singing) in Granada, performs in Andalucian rock band called Veneno del Boqueron and works on releasing her first album. 

Таб

WE SAY  “with professionals from Granada”, –

because the tutors of our school are exclusively from Granada – they are mature artists with international teaching experience who are passionate about Granada.

The main principles of our teaching method are based on three inseparable components – Technique, Compás and Choreography.  Each of our intensive courses consists of flamenco technique classes for a specific style, choreography for this style and compulsory compás classes. Only by learning all these three components separately and in conjunction with each one can fully master and understand the specific style of flamenco dance and the art of flamenco in general.  

Our goal is to ensure students’ understanding of flamenco, give clear instructions and reveal the codes of the dance form.  We deeply respect the art of flamenco, as well as to those who study it. We are open to answering any questions and believe that questions are an essential part of interaction between a teacher and a student that contributes to the learning process. 

Tab 1

DANCE – ANA CALI

Born in Motril in the province of Granada, Ana started to dance when she was 6. At the age of 8 she was already taking classes with flamenco teacher Mariquilla and for the next 5 years she learned from Eva Yerbabuena. She also took flamenco classes with Javier LatorreJavier BaronJuan AmayaBelen Maya and Rafaela Carrasco among others. For many years she was a principal dancer in Maya Group gaining recognition in the world of flamenco as a brilliant performer.

Ana worked with Juan RamirezMayte Martin and Belen Maya, and toured across Europe performing in a flamenco dance production together with pianists Jesus Hernandez and Sergio Pamies and percussionist Ruben Dantas. She is also a creator of flamenco performances called “Hechizo de agua”, “De cobre y lunares” and “P’atrás”.    

Several times she became a finalist of the National Competition of Flamenco Art in Cordoba.

Tab 2

DANCE – CHUA ALBA

Born in Granada, Chua Alba has dedicated more than 25 years to her own training as a dancer, as well as to researching and teaching flamenco dance.

Chua was born in Granada in 1965. She began dancing at a very young age and studied under the guidance of very gifted teachers – Miquel Medina, Pressy and Manolete. She continued her education in Madrid with Carmela Greco, Inmaculada Ortega and Miguel Canas. She then studied in Jerez under Tibu la Tormenta, Ana Maria Lopez and Maria del Mar Moreno, and in Seville with Juan Paredes.

In the early 80’s her teacher Pressy introduced her to the caves of the Sacramonte. As a principle dancer she collaborated with the Cuadro Alhucema group and created a performance that was shown in Granada and later in Luxemburg. She presented a master class – demonstration at a conference organised by the journalist and flamenco lover – Miguel Angel Gonzalez. She designed and produced flamenco workshops for two highly acclaimed Spanish schools in Granada – Carmen de las Cuevas and Castila.

In 1993 Chua moved to Salamanca where she actively collaborated with the local Romani Flamenco Association and also taught there for a few months before moving to the Basque Country. In Gexto she taught in various schools, but eventually opened her own school of dance.  In addition to managing her own school she designed and delivered many classes and workshops in Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria.

In 1996 Chua began to investigate Txalaparta, a percussion instrument native to the Basque Country, and started to use it in flamenco. She created a performance called Distintas that toured and was seen in almost every city in the Basque Country including the Kursaal Donostia in San Sebastian and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Compostela in Gallicia, Mont de Marsan in France and twice in Granada. She then participated in a documentary directed by Oskar Tejedor – Txalaparta – the echo of the Basque Country villages.

In 2005 Chua returned to Granada where she created a small flamenco group Flamenco y +. It was a very versatile and adaptable group that taught and performed throughout Andalucia and the Basque Country.

In 2009 Chua opened her flamenco school in Granada. Under the direction of Encarna Vargas and together with the Andalucian Institute of Flamenco she also co-produced a new performance )Paréntesis( focused on bringing attention to the gender violence and discrimination against women in Spain.

Chua’s talent as both a teacher and a choreographer has not gone unnoticed in the international flamenco circles and so, in addition to teaching in her own school, she has also developed and taught classes and workshops worldwide. She has taught in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Greece, Brazil, Russia (Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Moscow, and Saint Petersburg), Kazakhstan (Almaty, Astana), Ukraine (Kiev, Mariupol and Donetsk) and the United States (San Diego and Santa Ana, California). In Spain she is a well-known tutor all over Andalucia having also taught in Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria.

Chua continues to live, dance and teach flamenco in the heart of Granada. She is currently developing additional workshops and classes for Spanish as well as for international groups to be taught here in Granada and abroad.

Tab 3

DANCE – ELISA MARIA AGUILAR

Elisa Maria was born in Granada and started learning flamenco from Mariquilla and Maite Galan. At the age of 18 she moved to Madrid where she continued her dance training in flamenco school “Amor de Dios” with teaches like Maria Magdalena, Merche Esmeralda, La China, Olga Pericet, Manuel Reyes, Marcos Flores,  Manuel Linan, Alfonso Losa, La Tacha, David Paniagua and Rafaela Carrasco among others. In 2011 she graduated from the Maria de Avila Higher Dance Conservatory of Madrid (CSDMA) specialising in Pedagogy.

From 2003 until 2013 Elisa Maria performed in many tablaos in Madrid, such as “Café de Chinitas”, “Corral de la Morería”, “Al Andalus”, “Torres Bermejas” and “Las Tablas”. She created choreography for actress Eva Marciel in film “La historia de Estrella” (2003). She worked as a soloist in Tomas de Madrid Company in dance production “Caminos Flamencos” (2007) and Luis Davila Company’s “Carmen” (2006), and took part in “Réquiem” of Christian Perez that received an award at the Choreographers’ Competition of Madrid in 2012. In 2015 she performed at SIF festival (International Week of Flamenco in Conil de la Frontera). She toured internationally in Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Japan and Dubai, and worked as a teacher in schools such as “Flamenquería” in Moscow, “Alma del Flamenco” and “Escuela Alegría” in Japan.

Tab 4

SING – SARA LA SAMARONA

 

Sara La Samarona was born in La Linea de la Concepcion (Cadiz) in a family of flamenco lovers. She was interested in dance, but due to an injury she ended up focusing on singing.   

Being a versatile performer, she collaborated with musicians of different musical styles and participated in the creation of several music albums. 

She sang at tablaos all over Spain and took part in many musical festivals in Germany, Morocco, Italy, Poland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. She has shared stage with artists such as Remedios Amaya.

Sara currently teaches flamenco cante (singing) in Granada, performs in Andalucian rock band called Veneno del Boqueron and works on releasing her first album. 

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