Flamenco Culture Trip Spain

River Stories! Stroll along Seville’s famed Guadalquivir, imagine its past and enjoy the present

River stories! In my free virtual walking tour of Seville for my students, we walked along this stretch of Seville’s Guadalquivir River.
You’ll be greeted by a rich view of the Cathedral, the Bullring, and the traditional barrio of Triana, famed for its flamenco.

Where I stand is where the first round-the-world Magallanes-Elcano voyage set off in 1519!

Besides watering Andalusia’s land for agriculture, it made Seville of great maritime importance in Europe’s early sea-commerce with exclusive trading rights.

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Sample these Spanish Dance and Flamenco workshops at the Esplanade Theatre

This September, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay brings us their annual da:ns festival as well as Footwork, a series of sampler dance workshops. We’re happy to conducting four of these Spanish Dance and Flamenco workshops this year!
If you have always been wanting to try out some dance moves but don’t yet want to plunge into the sea of commitment (yet), then these once-off sessions are perfect for you to dip your toes and have a feel of the…

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Want to transform your brain and uplift your mood? Then dance and exercise!

This is one of my favourite TED talks. Instinctively, those of us who dance and work out know the benefits of moving and exercising. We can feel the effects on our bodies and our well-being! It’s great though when this is backed by a neuroscientist.
In this highly enjoyable and engaging talk, Wendy Suzuki shares her personal story and her experiment on herself, leading to her scientific conclusions.

She starts off asking: ‘What if I told you there was something that…

From home or in Spain, Online or In-person – personalising our flamenco learning

2020 sprouted a gamut of options for my flamenco learning paths. From Festival workshops in Jerez and daily classes in Seville, from learning from video courses I produced for my artists and starting flamenco dance online from my quarantine hotel room.
While it was annus horribilis for many, I know for some others, including myself, that time of reset and recharge opened new ways of thinking, as well as exploration (by choice or the lack of!)
Initiating Passion Projects as a…

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Behind the scenes of our flamenco talk

Over 13,000 views following the replays of our recent live talk on flamenco! Thank you to our national theatre Esplanade, in Singapore, for supporting arts and community during these Covid times.
Though we weren’t able to enjoy performances of your da:ns festival in the theatre, you’ve brought us a slew of online programmes with local and international artists.

There’s so much that goes into planning what seems to be just a 1 hour talk. Starting from our brainstorming of topics, back…

Alegrías, joyous Flamenco, seaside style!

Visiting Cádiz fills you with a sense of joie de vivre. I can see why this seaside port town in Southern Spain gives character to the flamenco style of Alegrías. The word itself means joy.

Sometime this year, in June, we were bursting to get out of our houses. That was when Spain was phasing into its nueva normalidad or new normality. I remember 22 June was THE date that we were marking into our calendars and actively monitoring our…

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Beginning Flamenco in Spain, a life-changing experience

It was 2003, my first year studying flamenco in Seville. I was hunting for the Academia de Manolo Marin. I got to Triana, the famed flamenco quarter and walked along the street where the Academy is located, called Rodrigo de Triana (who, by the way, is the first guy to call out ‘Land!’ in Christopher Columbus’ expedition to the Americas).

I was confused because above one door of the Academy, there was a sign that said Manolo Marin. And above…

Feria de Abril, Altozano

Sevillanas, Feria de Abril, Seville’s largest party and the Spanish Joy of Living

Imagine a marathon of festivities – uplifting music, Sevillanas dance, gatherings of beautiful ladies in their gorgeous dresses and men in their suave outfits.
Plus merry-making, eating, drinking and dancing, from night to the early hours of the morn. The next time you dance the Sevillanas, know that you are part of this living culture that connects you to the very source in Spain!
It was a historical year however, with both Semana Santa Holy Week and the Feria de Abril…

Spanish Home-made Food, Flamenco Epicurean

Home-made Spanish Food & a creative retreat to develop online dance courses

We’re into our 7th week of Spanish Lockdown. I’m taking this time as a cultural immersion and a creative retreat to develop my new online courses. With whom best to stay with but my maestro-artist, Manuel Betanzos.

Creativity knows no boundary

Manuel’s creativity knows no boxed-up genre, it overflows from flamenco dance to culinary experiments, to gardening and home decor! When you are creative and artistic, that’s how it is, it flows into all areas of your life 🙂

Spanish Home-made cuisine


Tania Flamenco Jerez

Extraordinary times give us momentum to explore new ways

Friends, the week when Spain announced the lockdown, many things happened. Fast and sudden. I saw  firsthand the domino-impact on the arts and on lives. It was sobering. But I could also sense a calm and stoicism among the artists I know.

Dance academies such as that of my maestro, Manuel Betanzos, as well as his peers had to close in one, two days, to avoid the risk of spread in our physically close-contact activities. I recall Manuel and his…

Tania Goh, Singaporean in Spain

Diary of a Spanish Lockdown and Some Timely Flamenco Online Courses

I’ve been here in Seville since mid-February and in a short span of time, things in Spain changed greatly due to the global virus situation. 
Stay Safe, Stay Home

We’re now going into the 4th week of the lockdown. Time has actually passed quite fast, surprisingly.

The idea of a lockdown can be daunting, and the number of cases in Spain sadly is very high, standing at a global number 2 even as I write. 

Some of your countries entered a lockdown as…

Spanish Gatherings 2019

Gatherings ~ Of Spanish music, wine & dance, in Singapore’s chic social club

It’s a heart-warming time of the year as we head towards the Christmas season. We wonder how fast the year has flown, and look forward to culminating it with friends and family. What better occasion than at our year-end festive gathering!

Be part our creative community of Spanish and local friends, students, dancers and overseas guest musicians. Enjoy dance, song, music along with an experience of Muga wines from Spain’s famed vineyards and a selection of cheeses.

Participate! We love…

Streetside Sevillanas in Hoi An

Romantic Sevillanas – The fountain of your mouth and the nets of your body

When I first started to learn the Sevillanas in my youthful university days, I mostly danced to songs that were fast-paced. Afterall, the Sevillanas is the dance that is danced at the largest party in Sevilla, the Feria de Abril (April Fair). Some versions go at Speedy Gonzales pace, I marvelled at how Feria folks fared, in drunken merry-making state and ladies in their voluminous Sevillanas dresses!

So when my friend, Paloma Navarro, sang a slower-paced, melodious version accompanied by…

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Flamenco Workshop by Francesca Grima (Singapore, Sun 29 Sep)

We’re pleased to welcome our flamenco Guest Artists at Spanish Dance Singapore this month, Francesca Grima (Dance) and Andrej Vujicic (Cajon). Flamenco aficionados can join either of these classes:

11am – 12.30pm: Flamenco Technique
12.30 – 2.00pm: Bulerias (with cajon accompaniment)
Venue: Dance on Us

Technique Class

In the technique class, students will practice and clean up footwork, work to improve compás.

This class will allow students to learn a set of sequences in arms, upper body and footwork, which can…

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Spanish Dance Master Workshops with Paloma Gómez, 30 Oct – 3 Nov Singapore

Make time for Beauty this  30 Oct – 3 Nov! Fill your heart with inspiring dance and music, with Paloma Gómez. Her Spanish Dance Master Workshops are part of the Season of Spanish Dance (Oct-Nov), a collaboration with the new Sonata Dancewear studio, at Funan Mall. Here’s a glimpse of what to catch:

Paloma’s popular Classical Spanish Dance Technique (3 sessions)
Paloma’s castanets technique (2 sessions)
Two choreographies set to great Spanish classics – Goyescas & Córdoba
A special…

Spanish Season of Dance

Go Spanish at Sonata! Choose your workshop!

Enjoy a range of dance workshops for kids, adults and dance lovers! Go Spanish at Sonata, with Spanish Dance Singapore this Oct – Dec, at the new Sonata Community Studio at Funan Mall. Discover the vibrant dances of Spain – from classical Spanish dance to flamenco. Learn to use the Spanish fan, work on a Nutcracker choreography, or join our Masterclass appreciation on the styles of ballet & Classical Spanish.
A programme of the Spanish Season of Dance 2019

Organised by:…

Stay Cool Dance More

Dance and a Time for Beauty, this Sept – Oct

Make a dance date with Beauty-personified from Wed 30 Oct to Sun 3 November! Lovely Spanish dancer and maestra, Paloma Gómez, will be in Singapore soon.
Here’s what you can enjoy:

Two lovely choreographies – the Intermezzo from Goyescas by composer Granados, and Córdoba by composer Albeñiz. We’ll be completing the second part of Goyescas, which we embarked on when Paloma was previously in Singapore. Those who didn’t do the first part can still join, and enjoy this marvellous classic…

Seville Sevilla Architecture Streets

Irresistible Seville, Learn Flamenco at its Source

The southern Spanish town of Seville will steal your heart, with its charming streets, glorious architecture and traditions. Be contented getting lost in labyrinthian alleys and quaint plazas where ambience is cosy and intimate. Or hang out at the tapas bars to savour the many choices, chatting up friendly folks. And if you have some time, why not soak in the cultural aire and learn flamenco at one of the many established academies? Seville is, afterall, one of the greatest…

Flamenco Lab Manuel Betanzos Flamenco Singapore

Flamenco Dance Lab ~ What to listen ~ How to use your dance material (Sun 7July)

Learning flamenco in Spain can feel like an ‘easier’ process sometimes, especially when our classes are accompanied by flamenco singers and guitarists. Afterall, in the land of flamenco, there is much available talent. The holistic approach enables us to ‘fast-track’ what we absorb and practise.

It’s a different story outside Spain.  Most of the teachers and students I meet in the cities Manuel and I tour to, raise the challenge of the lack of guitarists and singers to accompany their…

Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore Guitar, Song

Flamenco, Jazz, Bossa ++ Guitarist Social Hour! (Sat 18 May)

Grab a drink with us at Kith Cafe Marina Square (Sat 18 May, 9-10pm). Chat with guitarist Adien about playing across genres of flamenco, jazz, blues, bossa, rock and the Indonesian music scene.
Get to meet Terry, of The Guitar Gallery, wonderful supporter of the scene. Try out his array of guitars when you visit. We always end up playing or singing at his shop, one of the spontaneous places in Singapore. Meet some of the players and budding ones…

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Reach for Gold with the Olympics Coach of Flamenco, Manuel Betanzos!

Super-charge your dance with Manuel Betanzos, the ‘Olympics Coach of Flamenco’. Here comes the maestro who lights the way for students and hands them the Torch of Learning. Make your date with him in Singapore (Wed 3 July – Sun 7 July 2019), for our annual training programme.
Personalised Training
It’s a personalised approach to flamenco training that makes learning with Manuel Betanzos special. Nothing misses his eyes. Yes, those eyes that can ‘see’ what you need, lifting you to your…

Flamenco Dance Music Class Singapore

Know what you are dancing to in flamenco?

Have you been taking flamenco dance classes and thought about the cante (song) you dance to? What are the letras (lyrics), what do they say? How do we respond emotionally to, or interpret the themes of different flamenco styles. How are we equipped to express ourselves through our dance?

Perhaps we may have started out just learning steps and movement, to different rhythms and melodies without the benefit of cante in class. Afterall, this is one of the ongoing challenges…

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Dance Beyond the Studio, the Itinerant Ways of Flamenco

International Day of Dance came and went yesterday. Here’s looking back on dance activities of this month, sharing some memorable times of Singapore-Vietnam dance interaction.
Right after conducting flamenco workshops and talks, we scooted off to Hoi An for a chill-out. Rest and relaxation never taste sweeter than right after a project. Hoi An enticed us into its laid-back rhythm, scenic yellow-washed alleys and riverbanks. Down-time in such a space stirs ideas and  imagination.

Flamenco in Ho Chi Minh…

Alfonsina y El Mar - Song moments with Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore

Spanish Song Inspiration – Alfonsina and the Sea

Once in a while, we hear a song online and can’t get it out of our head for some reason. Well, recently for me, it’s a song called Alfonsina y el Mar (Alfonsina and the Sea). Couldn’t get it out of my head for a good two weeks now.

As it floated across on my Spotify playlist (great way to discover music while working), the lyrics and melodies catch your ear. And though I didn’t listen that carefully to the…

Protected: Tango de Málaga

Dear Students

I’m starting this page on my site, so that you have access to learning, remembering what you did in class. And with this, there is a responsibility on your part, to make time for practice or simply mentally rehearsing it, even as I am making time to do this for you.

A good way of learning is practising what you don’t know. So you build your learning, that you know your own work and can execute it. You will gain for…

Protected: Flamenco Technique & Style

Dear Students

General Info

I’m starting this page on my site, so that you have access to learning, remembering what you did in class. And with this, there is a responsibility on your part, to make time for practice or simply mentally rehearsing it, even as I am making time to do this for you.

A good way of learning is practising what you don’t know. So you build your learning, that you know your own work and can execute it. You will gain…

Protected: Classical Technique

Dear Students

I’m starting this page on my site, so that you have access to learning, remembering what you did in class. And with this, there is a responsibility on your part, to make time for practice or simply mentally rehearsing it, even as I am making time to do this for you.

A good way of learning is practising what you don’t know. So you build your learning, that you know your own work and can execute it. You will gain for…

Protected: Sevillanas Classes

Dear Students

I’m starting this page on my site, so that you have access to learning, remembering what you did in class. And with this, there is a responsibility on your part, to make time for practice or simply mentally rehearsing it, even as I am making time to do this for you.

A good way of learning is practising what you don’t know. So you build your learning, that you know your own work and can execute it. You will…

World Dance Showcase Interview by Tania Goh Flamenco Singapore

Who are the Indie Dance Organisers in Singapore creating a niche?

Our chat: About the World Dance Showcase and the inspiration for it. The journey of an independent dance organiser, creating a niche and taking risks to innovate.
With: Candida Lee aka C. Kanake, the organiser and Tania Goh, Producer, Spanish Dance Singapore.


Tania (T): Candida, Thanks for inviting my company to perform at the World Dance Showcase (WDS). This is the second edition you are organising. Congratulations! I’m always interested in knowing how the seeds of the love for an art…

Transformative Flamenco Learning Experiences with Manuel Betanzos



Flamenco Festival in Jerez this year: the cold, rainy season couldn’t dampen the warmth felt indoors, in the flamenco classes and in the theatre. What an inspiration learning from our teachers and a privilege watching the many artists on stage. 

Maestro Manuel Betanzos taught two workshops – the Caracoles with fan and the Bamberas. We’ll be touring his Bamberas workshop to Taipei and Singapore (20 – 24 June 2018), as part of his Asia tour including Beijing, Hong Kong and…

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