Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Francine Sweet workshop - Jan 5-7, 08

Intermediate & Advanced (Mixed)Palo: Siguiriyas
Time: Saturday & Sunday 2 hours (2:00-4:00). Monday 2 hours (6:00-8:00).
Price: $180.00 plus studio fee. Drop in rate per hour: $40.00 + studio fee.

Private Classes
Cost: $50.00 per student + studio and transport.

Contact: Kim Macedo. Tel: 450 4212

Note: this post is an update of the original - Jan 7/08.

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Edmonton Flamenco on Facebook

For those who are on Facebook, there are currently two groups for Edmonton, AB area people: a general group called "Edmonton Flamencos", and a cante appreciation/learning group called "Aficionadas/dos del Cante".

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Posting Tips and Guidelines

If you haven't posted before and live in the Edmonton, AB area, click on the "Posting" topic label on the left and read "Welcome & Posting Policy" to learn how to sign up to contribute posts. After you become a contributing member, an email will be sent to you with posting tips and guidelines to help you with posting. If you have already signed up on the site but would like to receive this information, contact the administrator using the contact form located at the lower left-hand side of the blog.

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Monday, 12 November 2007

Metronome Program

The "Weird Metronome" is a free program you can program to play basic or complex rhythms of any kind, including Flamenco patterns.

Red blinkers show the pulse of the beat. Includes a wide range of percussion sounds you can use to create your beat pattern. Thanks to Tosh for mentioning this resource.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

"Flamenco Abajo" - Flamenco Jam Nov. 17

Join us for a participatory jam to share, experiment, encourage, and support Flamenco friends. You can expect Sevillanas, por fiesta Tangos & Bulerias, & ...?

This is a privately-held event open to all members of the Flamenco community who would like to contribute the jam by dancing, singing, playing music or palmas. Dancers - all levels are welcome. In order to build a more intimate circle, we request that only guests who will be actively participating in the jam attend this particular event.

RSVP required for all guests - contact by email or phone to be added to the guest list. Also, if you have questions about the event, please feel free to send an email or call.

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2007
Time: 7:00
Email: flamencoedmonton at telus dot net
Phone: Elysia @ 434.1125
Location: Millwoods

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Oscar Nieto Flamenco Workshop - Oct. 15

Buleria por Fiesta with Oscar Nieto, teacher and performer from Vancouver. One night only - don't miss out! Learn the basics of the improvisational art of Bulerias: where the entrada fits in with cante, paseo and buleria marcaje, and when to exit; all this in compas to the Buleria rhythm. Encourage your fellow dancers with jaleo and understand the artful basics of Jerez soniquete...

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Price $90.00/plus studio fee
Date: Monday, October 15, 2007; 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Strathcona School of Dance
Street: 8111 - 43 street
Host: Kim Macedo
Phone: 780.504.3723

Monday, 8 October 2007

Downloadable MP3 Collections

A new series of Flamenco MP3 collections is now available from, home of Flamenco Beat internet radio. Download collections of contemporary Bulerias, Tangos, and Sevillanas. Samples are available on the site.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Concert - Juan Martin, Oct. 20

London-based Flamenco guitarist Juan Martin will be performing at Festival Place in Edmonton on October 20, 2007 at 7:30 pm, joined by a female singer and male dancer. More info here. If you can't get to the Saturday night performance, there is also a performance in Calgary on the 19th - see the listings for more info.

Sunday, 30 September 2007

Flamenco at the Edmonton Public Library

Jane Ogilvie has compiled a valuable list of Flamenco resources at EPL. Check them out!

Also, if you know of high-quality Flamenco DVDs, CDs or books you'd like to see in the library collection, suggest them at EPL's Suggest a Resource page.

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Cristina Hall Workshop in Nov. (Calgary)

Annette Morcos is hosting a workshop with Cristina Hall in Calgary in November.
More information here

I will be going and up for carpooling if the weather isn't too bad.

Please email Annette directly if you are interested:
info at flamencocalgary dot com

and please email me if you are interested in carpooling down there.
flamenca at mail dot com

Jane's Classes

I have set up a new website to keep students informed of my classes.

Flamenco Classes with Jane Ogilvie

There you will find information about my background, teaching philosophy, classes and the upcoming session beginning October 21.

Thursday, 6 September 2007

Alhambra guitars for sale

Alhambra 7P An excellent guitar for the intermediate or advanced classical guitar student. Rosewood Back and sides, spruce top. Rich deep basses and sweet trebles. As new except for one small ding. Compensated bone nut and saddle for perfect intonation. Case included $1175 obo Call John at 432-4180

Alhambra 10F An excellent guitar for the intermediate or advanced student of either classical guitar or flamenco guitar. Rosewood Back and sides, spruce top. While this model is called the Flamenco Negra, it has a rich tone suitable for Classical music, with just a slightly brighter edge to it than the 7P when played classical style, but then really comes alive when strummed flamenco style. As new except for slight wear where the headstock joins the neck. Case included$1675 obo Call John at 432-4180

Friday, 31 August 2007

Flamenco Workshop with Deborah Ibach - September 23/2007

Sunday Sep 23 - 1-4 Solea y Jaleo -
Level : Intermediate/Above
Price $60.00 + studio .
Location : Dance Unlimited Studios 4203-66 street
Sept 24 & 25 - Time tba Columbianas .
Level : Intermediate / Dancers interested in Choreography
Price $ 45.00 + studio
Location : Dance Unlimited Studios 4203-66 street

Registration date September 10/07. Amount $20.00 – Cheque or moneyorder payable to Kim Macedo. Please note this registration fee is applicable toward s the Sunday workshop.

Contact Info : Kim Macedo / Please call me if you have any questions
3723 – 30 street
Edmonton AB T6T 1 H7
Telephone : 780 450 4212 / cell 780 504 3723

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Anyone for Spain Meets Canada Flamenco Festival?

I'm wondering if anyone is up for car-pooling to The Spain Meets Canada Flamenco Festival in Saskatoon on Sept. 21st. Also sharing accomodation....

If I go, I will likely be renting a car and I would like to go to the concert on the Friday and coming home late on the Sunday evening or very early on the Monday morning. I'm also open to going after work on the Friday and missing the concert just to be in time for the workshop.

If interested please email and let me know what works for you.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Tangos, Tientos, Bulerias - Structure

For an English-language introduction to Tangos, Tientos, & Bulerias structure (useful as well for por fiesta), visit Katerina Tomás' Flamenco Básico notes. The site also includes instructional materials for purchase.

Sevillanas - Structure

Buleria Chuck's site provides a guitar-based discussion of the Sevillanas song form. Also includes letras for thirteen Sevillanas songs.

Friday, 10 August 2007

David Palomar

For those of you that took the workshop with Paco Pena in 2006, there's a great interview with singer David Palomar here.

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Flamenco Jam - August 19

Join us for a participatory jam to share, experiment, encourage, and support Flamenco friends. The evening may include Sevillanas, por fiesta Tangos & Bulerias, & whatever forms or pieces participants bring to contribute. This is not a performance; all levels of dancers welcome. Come prepared to participate in some aspect of the jam, from dancing Sevillanas to doing palmas!

This is a privately-held event open to all members of the Flamenco community who would like to participate in the jam. Space is limited, no unannounced guests please. If you are planning to attend, please contact us in advance to be added to the guest list.

Entry by donation - suggested $5-10 to cover venue rental, etc. Potluck tapas and/or drinks!

Date: Sunday, August 19, 2007
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm. Doors open from 5:30-6:30 only.
Email: flamencoedmonton-at-telus-dot-net
Phone: Elysia @ 434.1125
Location: Contact for details

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Flamenco metronome

The Flamenco Metronome is a recently-released metronome for Flamenco guitarists, percussionists, and dancers. Features include "real sounds of 16 different percussion instruments (clapping, box-drum, heel tapping, darbuka, djembé…)".

An alternate metronome for Flamenco rhythms is the Mundobeat programmable metronome.

Friday, 29 June 2007

Palmas Lessons

Improve your palmas tones, solidify compas (Flamenco rhythm), and learn more about common Flamenco forms.

Private and semi-private palmas lessons are available at the beginner and intermediate levels. Perfect for dancers or anyone interested in exploring Flamenco rhythm and beat patterns through palmas (rhythmic hand clapping). Lessons can be booked for 30 minute or 1-hour sessions.

Elysia has several years experience providing palmas accompaniment for guitar, singing, and dance. She performed regularly with the Aire Flamenco & Arabic Group and various groups at the Kino Café in Vancouver.

***Classes no longer available - Sept 09***

Thursday, 28 June 2007

Local Shoemaker

Custom-made flamenco shoes are available from Wallace Shoe Making and Alterations at 9610 - 76 Avenue (432-7041). Price is approximately $250 per pair; different colours are available. Enquire for details. Many thanks to Suzenym for sharing this information. For her comments about custom shoes made by Michael Wallace, see the June 28/07 post titled "Flamenco shoemaker? More info please", and click on the comments link.

Flamenco shoemaker? More info please

I've heard that there's a shoemaker in town who makes custom Flamenco shoes. Anyone who knows more - can you contact me with details? Gracias.

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Jubilee Portable Dance Floors

Interlocking Jubilee plastic and rubber floor tiles are available through The Art of Expression, authorized Canadian distributor. The use of the term "sprung" in the product description implies a different kind of springiness than the traditional "sprung" floor, where the term typically implies air space between a wooden floor and subfloor. For more information about the floor tiles, including FAQs, visit Jubilee.

Floor Squares for Dance Practice

A long search for an ultra-budget option for practicing on a carpet-on-concrete apartment floor finally led me to Dricore subfloor panel squares. The top of the square is pressed wood with "no urea formaldehyde adhesives" (a good thing), and the bottom is hard, molded plastic with airspace pockets between the floor and the top of the panel. Though not comparable to a true sprung floor, it does provide a more forgiving surface than concrete alone. The square is sturdy and provides a clear, loud sound for footwork.

Dimensions of each tile: 2 feet by 2 feet, 7/8 inch thick. Available at Home Depot for under $8.00 each.

Saturday, 16 June 2007

Didactica del Flamenco: Flamenco Education Resource

Didactica del Flamenco is an excellent website produced by the Junta de Andalucia Ministry of Education with Spanish-language flamenco curriculum materials. Includes units on major Flamenco forms including rhythms, history, and lyrics.

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Call for Buy and Sell postings

Have a Flamenco-related item to buy, sell, or trade? Flamenco Edmonton is seeking postings from readers in the Edmonton, Alberta area. Email for instructions about registering on the site to contribute your post.

Online Photo Exhibit - Shoes of Famous Flamencos

"Shoes to a dancer are like a pen is to a writer".

"La Fundación del Museo del Calzado de Elda (Alicante, España)...has interesting exhibition that brings together the dance shoes of the most important flamenco dancers. The exhibition, called "Zapateando" (footwork), features "zapiros" (shoes in gipsy caló) owned by Antonio Gades, Joaquín Cortés, Sara Baras, Antonio El Bailarín, Cristina Hoyos, Rafael Amargo, Eva La Yerbabuena, Blanca del Rey, María Pagés, María Rosa and Joaquín Ruiz.".
The online version of the exhibit is hosted by To see the exhibit photographs and text, click here.

Sunday, 27 May 2007 is a well-established Spanish site with both Flamenco merchandise and Flamenco information. The What is Flamenco section includes Flamenco history, a Flamenco dictionary, an artists encyclopedia, articles, and guides. The site also includes a new free audiovisual database of video clips filmed at Flamenco festivals.

Friday, 25 May 2007 has a huge selection of music, DVDs, shoes, and other Flamenco paraphernalia. Esflamenco ships to Canada using DHL courier within about 5 working days. Note that additional duty charges may apply.

The site also has Flamenco information and a large collection of Flamenco music and dance videos viewable from the site. Videos range from contemporary music videos to historical clips.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Letras for Cante

The following is a selection of sites with Flamenco song verses.

La Bottega Musicale del Flamenco. Scroll down on the left-hand bar and click on "Discografia flamenca" at the bottom for a list of albums and lyrics. Has many recent albums as well as classics.

Flamencoletras. Huge selection of albums, including the Rito y Geografia del Cante and Puro y Jondo cante collections.

...letras.... Letras from Remedios Amaya, Jose Merce, La Macanita, Nina Pastori and more...

More letras from

Que de Letras. Lots of advertising but has letras for some contemporary Flamenco albums not found on other sites.

And not least, the brilliant site Letras + Cante with letras and video clips compiled by Daniel Téllez.

Friday, 18 May 2007

"Telematic" Flamenco Guide with Audio

Interested in learning more about Flamenco in general? The Telematic Flamenco Guide produced by Tourismo Andaluz in collaboration with the Biennial Flamenco Exhibition is a good starting point for information about Flamenco history and forms (palos). The site includes audio samples and descriptions of many common and less-common Flamenco forms. In addition to this site, sites such as offer a range of listings related to flamenco.

For Sale - Embroidered Beige Silk Shawl

Beautiful hand-embroidered Flamenco-style silk shawl. Subtle light beige on beige silk embroidery. Good for a costume or for a summer shawl. The body of the shawl is 44 x 44 inches plus 18 inches of fringe. Brand new, never worn. $60.00. Email

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Flamenco en Vivo show July 7, 2007

Flamenco En Vivo
Saturday, July 7 8:00pm
Myer Horowitz Theatre
8900-114, Edmonton, AB
Tickets $25 in advance and $30 at the door

For a wonderful evening of Live Flamenco Guitar and Dance, Special guest artists, singers, dancers, musicians, and the surprise piece of the evening.... Chat with performers after the show!

Judith Garcia (780) 349-4843

Monday, 14 May 2007


Interested in exploring singing, percussion, dance, or guitar with others in the city? If you'd like to start a Flamenco-related group to share your interest, post the details on this site. If you have questions about posting, please contact

Practice Spaces for Dance

Dancers - do you know of studios/halls/rooms in the city available for rehearsing dance? If you have recommendations for Flamenco-friendly practice spaces, please share your knowledge and post a comment in the comments field. Any additional information about mirrors, floors, etc. is also useful. Gracias!

Friday, 11 May 2007

Vinok Worldance: Romany Blues - May 18&19, 2007

Vinok Worldance presents Romany Blues, a story of a young Canadian man who falls in love with a Romany woman. The performance features gypsy dances from India, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Turkey, as well as Flamenco from Spain. Friday May 18 & Saturday May 19, 2007; Maclab Theatre at the Citadel. For more information, visit Vinok Worldance or the Citadel Theatre.

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Flamenco Beat Radio Station

Flamenco Beat is an excellent internet radio station run by Vancouver-based Flamenco singer and aficionado Pirouz Ebadypour. Music ranges from traditional puro Flamenco to contemporary Spanish Flamenco. Flamenco Beat is affiliated with, a Canadian site that provides information about local events around Canada and more. Look for both of these links in the permanent "Links" section on this site.

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Onda Jerez Television

Onda Jerez provides a live internet broadcast direct from the town of Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain. Aside from Spanish soap operas, programming also includes some Flamenco shows and coverage of special events and festivals in Jerez. Check out the Guia TV/TV Guide to find the Flamenco show "A Compas".

For Sale: Instructional Dance DVD and Videos


SEE UPDATED POST, reposted March 14'09.

For sale: Manuel Salado Advanced Level Siguiriyas & Tangos de Malaga DVD. $35
Adrian Galia videos (NTSC format): Farruca, Tangos, Rumba. Tangos and Rumba are dubbed in English. $25 each. Contact


Monday, 7 May 2007

Seamstress - Maria Hernandez

Maria Hernandez provides dressmaking and alteration services for both general clothing and Flamenco costumes. Her costumes have been featured in local Flamenco shows. For information and rates, contact: 450-0308.

Sunday, 6 May 2007

Flamenco Guitar Teacher

Tosh has studied with professional flamenco guitarists in Canada and in southern Spain. He teaches the techniques and song forms of traditional flamenco guitar, from an introductory to advanced level.

Link to YouTube videos.

For more information: email, or call 434-3539.

Thursday, 3 May 2007

Dance Workshop - Esperanza Duarte Linares. May/June 2007

Esperanza began studying Flamenco at the age of 15 in Seville, Spain, and has studied with such artists as Manolo Marin, Juana Amaya, and Concha Vargas. She founded her own school of Flamenco in Dublin, Ireland where she taught and performed regularly before coming to Canada.

The Workshop: This workshop is a General level for Beginners of Flamenco who already have some experience, and Intermediate/Advanced students looking to improve all aspects of technique and performance.

When: 1:00-3:00. Sundays May 6, 13, and 27th (**Note change: no workshop on the May long weekend**), June 3.
Where: Marr-Mac Dance Studio, 8627 109 street. (Under The Movie Studio)
Cost: $130 for the session, or $35 drop-in. Drop-ins welcome.

For more information, contact Esperanza at 483-5960 or

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

The Art of Expression Flamenco store

The Art of Expression is a Canadian company that sells Menkes brand Spanish Flamenco shoes, portable dance floor tiles, and "Solo Compas" CDs for practice. The site has a special until May 13th, 2007 for free shipping and handling of shoes and floors.

Friday, 27 April 2007

Local Guitar Maker

Local guitar craftsman Main Mahd builds handmade guitars, including Flamenco models. He also offers guitar-building courses at his Zeryab Guitars studio on Jasper Avenue. Read more in a recent article in the Edmonton Journal.

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Flavia Robles show June 16, 2007

Flavia Robles and Alhambra Ensemble Espanol present "Flamenco ~ Mi Pasion" on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30pm in the Timms Centre for the Arts on the U of A campus, 112 Street and 87 Avenue. Tickets are $25 each, children 3 and under are FREE on their parent's laps, plus applicable service fees at TIX on the Square.

Pedro Guasp show April 29, 2007

Pedro Guasp presents the Spanish Flamenco Show on Sunday, April 29 at 4pm in the Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square. All of the proceeds from the show will go to the Hispanic Catholic Church of Edmonton, Our Lady of Guadalupe. There will be eighteen dancers presenting dances from the many regions of Spain, particularly Flamenco. Tickets are $11 a person, general admission. Plus applicable service fees at TIX on the Square in advance or $11 each cash only at the door.

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Flamenco Teachers

Looking for a teacher for Flamenco dance classes in Edmonton? Visit Flamenco Alberta for a listing of teachers in the Edmonton area.

Sunday, 22 April 2007

Welcome and Posting Policy

Welcome to Flamenco Edmonton, a site for flamencophiles in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

How to post on this blog: Live in Edmonton? Use the contact form on the lower left-hand side of the page to request to post on the blog as a contributing author.

Posting guidelines: This blog is designed for posts originating from and relevant to the Edmonton, Alberta flamenco community. The content of posts on this moderated, edited blog is limited specifically to flamenco-focused information. Although authorship is limited to those based in Edmonton, we welcome readers from all parts of the world!

Looking for or want to post events in other cities? Check out, a site for national postings, or Flamenco Alberta, a site for provincial postings. Edmonton blog posters: we request that you post non-Edmonton events on Flamenco Alberta or unless, for example, you are carpooling to an event from Edmonton and would like to find others to travel with you.
[Note: and Flamenco Alberta may not longer be available - FE Admin, 2016]

The purpose of the blog is information sharing and community building - we request and require a high level of respect for all community members when posting or commenting. General comments or questions? Contact the site administrator (Elysia), at using the contact form on the lower left-hand side of this page. Gracias y olé!

Information disclaimer: The information on this site is supplied by individual community members as a service to the flamenco community. *We make no guarantee of the accuracy of the information*. For events, please contact the event organizer as listed for confirmation of event details.