Life is unexpected. Little did I know, as a Spanish language student in an Australian university that doors to another world, Spain, would open. The beginnings of my flamenco were in Adelaide, with the next steps in Singapore with Rose Borromeo. She provided nurturing grounds for Spanish Dance (flamenco, Classical Spanish, castanets & regional dances) way before 1997, and for her enduring work upholding Spanish Dance, received a medallion from the King of Spain.
Spontaneous decisions in Life can turn out to be life-changing, and that was when I took a break to Spain in 2003, supposedly en route to Latin America. In the characterful city of Seville, I stepped into the Academy of Manuel Betanzos, newly established and with a lineage inherited from his maestro, the great Manolo Marin. In that instant, it was flamenco confronting me with its stirring dance, song and guitar melodies, the charismatic figure of the teacher training, uplifting and compelling everyone into a common live intensity. Well, I never made it to Machu Picchu, because my heart got anchored in flamenco and Seville.
Those were difficult years but love overcomes trials and builds up perseverance. Entering this world as an insider and practitioner also grew empathy for artists and the learning process of an art. This has been invaluable even as I developed my profession as a Dance Producer in my firm, SaltShaker Productions.
Fast forward across the years. Here I am, forging my work in my school and dance company, Spanish Dance Singapore:
The journey continues …. come along with us, we open the doors to this world, welcoming you.
Spanish Dance Singapore