Casa de Flamenco - Arts and Cultural Centre in the South

Casa de Flamenco is the home of flamenco dance, guitar and Spanish language in the South of Adelaide. Offering fun, high quality classes for complete beginners to professional level with dynamic, supportive teachers trained in Spain. Experience these cultural activities in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

Kristy and Aloysius also offer authentic flamenco performances for all occasions and events as Chispa Flamenca.

:: Teacher Profiles ::

Kristy Manuel

Flamenco Dance and Yoga Teacher

Kristy has been teaching flamenco dance since returning from her first trip to Spain in 2003. She spent 14 months training intensely in Madrid with some of the most renowned flamenco teachers. She has since returned to Spain three times, in 2006, 200 and 2011, to build on her training in Seville.

She has developed a unique style that inspires many of Adelaide's flamenco students. Her ability to put people at ease and demystify some of the complexities of flamenco is refreshing.

Kristy is a qualified and experienced Yoga Teacher Dip (IYTA) and fitness leader (TAFE) and has lead group fitness classes for over 12 years. Her enthusiasm for seeing others reach their own fitness goals is evident and her unique blend of dance training and knowledge of the body has lead her to being able to offer classes that will not only improve coordination and posture but increase fitness and core strength. She has identified that core strength and flexibility are essential for a long and healthy dancing career and improve the quality and enjoyment of everyday living.

For this reason at Casa de Flamenco Kristy also offers yoga classes, these classes are optional but encouraged and are available to anyone who wants to increase their core strength and flexibility.

Also an Ausdance SA Dance Tutor, Kristy is available to teach workshops and perform as part of the Dance in Schools program.

For more information about Kristy, including videos and photos visit Chispa Flamenca's website.

Monica Hatcher

Flamenco Dance Teacher

Since the age of 11, Monika has been studying Flamenco in Adelaide, and for a number of years, has been a soloist and percussionist for an Adelaide based performance ensemble.

Monika has received master classes from dance maestros including: Soledad Barrio, Belén Fernandez, Antonio Vargas, Silvia de la Rosa - Ballet Nacional de España, Pepa Molina, Immaculada Aguilar, Maria Bermudez, Ana Romero and most recently Diana Reyes.

Monika participates in festivals and performing arts events during the year, as well as teaching, choreographing and appearing in professional performances. Most recently at the opening for the "Adelaide International Guitar Festival 2014".

Since 2009, Monika has also been a regular guest at St Peter’s College and Annesley College, teaching and choreographing a range of genres including Salsa, Bollywood, Ballroom, Hip-Hop and Flamenco. Some highlights include: choreographing for the musical “Seussical” and "Man of Steel" presented by St Peter’s College Junior School, and conducting workshops in Bollywood and Flamenco at the Annesley College Cultural Days.

Aloysius Leeson

Guitar Teacher and Accompanist

Aloysius has been playing guitar since he was a child. After studying classical guitar at the Elder Conservatorium, he took up flamenco. This led him to spend time in Spain following the traditional apprenticeship of accompanying singers and dancers, studying with maestros and playing at Juergas (parties). Eventually he was able to work at the dance studios of Javier Cruz and Maria Angeles in Seville.

Since coming back to Australia he has continued to work as a soloist and with a variety of dancers and singers. He has released two CDs of original compositions, the most recent one "Chispa Flamenca", and continues to explore the possibilities of the guitar in many different styles. For more information, including video and audio clips, visit Aloysius' website.

"It is more than evident that Leeson is a virtuoso guitarist, with a style that easily moves from sensitive to frenetic"- Michael Hunter, dB magazine.
"Professional and intense" - Scott McLennan, Rip it up magazine.
"A superbly authentic sound" - Celia Brissenden, The Advertiser.

:: Media ::

   Check out the articles below featuring Casa de Flamenco:

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Le Fleurieu magazine Marion City Limits The Adelaide Advertiser
Weekend Notes Weekend Notes
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