What is it like to study flamenco in Spain?
Whether you’re interested in going to Spain with me, with friends, or by yourself, this ebook will give you an idea of what life is like as a flamenco dance student in Jerez. Sign up using the form below, and I'll send you the the full (and free) Day in the Life of a Flamenco Student in Jerez e-book.
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'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 few 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. Too many perhaps. 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 in 2012 when I took a group of students to Jerez. The truth is, until everyone actually got there I wasn't sure it was truly going to happen. I was so anxious about the whole thing. But, everyone arrived, and the Flamenco Tour was on!
The trip was a success, and I've been taking people to Spain to study flamenco in small groups ever since. If this sounds like your thing, sign up here to find out more.