María Osende Flamenco (Halifax, Novia Scotia, Canada) www.mariaosende.com
Intro from Osende's website: "Founded by Madrid-born dancer and choreographer María Osende in 2004, the company has quickly established itself as a leading flamenco dance and music company in Canada. A power force of technique and artistry, María expresses herself with elegance and precision, delivering a beautiful and intense experience and adding a modern twist to the centuries old art form. Her background in classical ballet and her extensive experience working with some of the mayor choreographers of today contributes to her fresh and unique flamenco dance style. Accompanied by a stunning group of musicians and dancers, together they create original work, which is wonderfully enriched by the varied backgrounds of her musicians. They have performed extensively in Halifax and throughout the province of Nova Scotia, as well as New Brunswick and Quebec by invitation of the Spanish Embassy and recently at Vancouver's International Flamenco Festival"
Solero Flamenco (Houston, Texas USA) www.soleroflamenco.com
Intro from Solero's website: "Irma 'La Paloma' and Jeremías García 'El Valiente' bring you 'un pedacito de España' in Flamenco performances true to the passion and vibrancy of the music of the Andalusian gypsies. With an honest and exciting approach, rich in tradition and respect for the art, La Paloma y El Valiente transport audiences to the realm of music from the heart…Flamenco."
Flamenco Triana (Chicago, Illinois USA) www.flamencotriana.com
Michelle Nascimento "La Caoba" is the artistic director of "Flamenco Triana" and the one who maintains this website which contains class info, calendar of events, photo gallery, links page and more.
National Institute of Flamenco (Albuquerque, New Mexico USA) www.nationalinstituteofflamenco.org
This organization hosts the well-known Flamenco Festival where DC area guitarist/singer Marija Temo gives her extremely popular flamenco communications workshop every year. Many DC area dancers attend this festival regularly.
iloveflamenco.com (Tampa, Florida) www.iloveflamenco.com
I actually met the creator of this website, Sandra Serrano, a few years ago at the Andalucia Restaurant. She happens to be the niece of DC area guitarist Jesus Serrano who used to perform with Sandra at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. Sandra has since started her own company Oasis Flamenco. She also has an online shop.
Barbara Martinez (New York, New York) www.barbaramartinez.com
New-York based dancer Barbara Martinez has created a beautifully-designed website that is packed with useful information.
Florida Flamenco www.floridaflamenco.com
Dancer Kyoko keeps the state of Florida up-to-date on the latest news, weekly shows, classes and special events.
Compañía Carmen Romero (Toronto, Ontario Canada) www.carmenromero.ca Company website with an emphasis on director Carmen Romero and guitarist Miguel de la Bastide.
Kara Miranda's flamenco webpage (Victoria, British Columbia Canada) www.kflamenco.com
I'm proud to say that I've known the webmistress Kara since she was in her teens as we both learned about web design over the years, offering each other critique and suggestions along the way. She's now grown-up and in her 20's. She's a very talented flamenco dancer who works in the digital animation industry.
Los Flamencos (St Louis, Missouri USA www.los-flamencos.com A simple but attractively designed website with all the information you need to connect with the St Louis scene.
Randy Cordero (Corpus Christi, Texas USA) geocities.com/randy_cordero
Basic biographical info about a young flamenco guitarist who studied with Rene Heredia and Paco Garrigues, "El Chatarrero."
Andy Blackard, flamenco guitarist (Durham, North Carolina USA) home.mindspring.com/~smogman Photos, links and performance information with an emphasis on North Carolina.
Atlanta Flamenco Productions (Atlanta, Georgia USA) www.atlantaflamenco.com
A well-maintained website by flamenco guitarist Witold Tulodziecki keeps the Atlanta area informed of the local scene. Includes videos, photos, performance listings and much more.
Barbara Chan's New York Flamenco Workshop Calendar home.earthlink.net/~bc77/flamcalendar A well-maintained website that's useful for those planning a flamenco week or weekend in New York.
Flamenco Dance with Victorio (New York City, New York USA) www.geocities.com/victoriok Go here to find out about Victorio's classes and upcoming performances. You'll definitely enjoy his extensive photo gallery and may even recognize some movie stars and flamenco stars.
Lucia y Valdemar - Gitanerías Flamenco Artists (Houston, Texas USA) www.flamencoinc.org
This is one place to find flamenco information for Houston. Includes audio and video clips.
Flamenco Arts Center (Chicago, Illinois USA) www.flamencoartscenter.com I met the people who created this website when I visited Chicago in May 2000. Cynthia Rosario has created a center for flamencos in Chicago. Good work!
Gloria de Jerez - Professional Flamenco Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer and Lecturer (Virginia Beach, Virginia USA) www.flamenco-arts.org Gloria is one of two teachers I know of in the Virginia Beach area. This website includes videos and performance and workshop information.
Flamenco Buzz by Mari Katsigianis (Boston, Massachussetts USA) flamencobuzz.com I'm very proud to have been part of the Buzz--it started out a column in the DCFLAMENCO website in 1998 and grew to the point that it needed its own separate website. Now Mari does all the work herself, updates it frequently. Good job!
Daniel de Córdoba's Bailes Españoles Foundation! (Dallas, Texas USA) www.flamencodallas.com Dancer Daniel de Córdoba has performed in the DC area....I know because I had the privilege of playing guitar for his Farruca solo when he was a guest artist with the Spanish Dance Society years ago. The website includes info for performances and classes. When I last checked the video link was not working.
Bianca Antonia's Flamenco Page (Houston, Texas USA) www.biancaantonia.com Another website I'm proud to be associated with. In 1999 I helped Bianca redesign her website...now she's doing it on her own (when she's not busy with schoolwork). There used to be a photo section, but she took it down temporarily for renovation.
Teye and Viva el Flamenco (Texas USA) www.teyeandbelen.com Guitarist Teye designed and created this website himself. Includes an extensive photo section as well as performance listings mostly in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio area.
Alma "La Terremoto" (New Jersey USA) hometown.aol.com/flamenco99/page/ Alma is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico but most people know her from her years working as a flamenco dancer in the Washington DC area. Includes links for flamenco in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Carmen de Vicente (Alexandria, Virginia USA) www.carmendevicente.com Carmen is a concert castanet soloist who has in a matter of a few years started her own dance school in the DC area. You'll find class and performance information.
Guillermo Salazar, Flamenco Information (Colorado USA) www.concentric.net/~Gsalazar This is low on graphics, but very very high on content. Guillermo has spent a lot of time exploring the Net for flamenco information. Includes tons of vintage flamenco photographs.
Natalia Monteleón's Arte Flamenco (Laurel, Maryland USA) www.arteflamenco.us Natalia is a personal friend and a wonderful dancer and teacher. Her students perform frequently in the DC area tablaos. Includes a photo section, biography, class and performance information.
Marija Temo (Gaithersburg, Maryland USA) www.marijatemo.com I've known Marija since 1991 and have had the privilege of playing alongside her and learning about flamenco dance and cante accompaniment. You'll find class info and a performance calendar.
A Palo Seco (France) www.apaloseco.com
This site is well organized and is packed with information including flamenco
coplas, photos, festival listings, guitar music in standard notation, listing
of flamenco videos and much much more!
First Russian Flamenco Website www.flamenco.ru
Graphically well-designed. Geared mostly towards guitarists. In Russian (English
version coming soon.)
Pasión Flamenco (Switzerland) www.pasion-flamenco.ch
In German and English. Informational website for a dance school.
Taller Flamenco (Sevilla, España) www.tallerflamenco.com
In Spanish, German and English. A flamenco dance and guitar school. The Spanish
lessons offered are oriented to improve the knowledge of the Spanish culture
of the flamenco students
Flamenco Tango dance production www.andalucia.com/dance/simon
Led by Simon el Rubio, this website presents flamenco information in a fun
and humorous way.
Carmen Cuevas Flamenco Courses in Granada, Spain www.carmencuevas.com
This site is well-designed and packed with all the information you need to
plan an educational stay in Spain. In English and Spanish.
German Flamenco Pages www.flamenco-seiten.de
This website has been around as long as DCFLAMENCO (since 1996!). It still
remains to be the most comprehensive flamenco website ever. It's in English
El Duende (Copenhagen, Denmark) www.elduende.dk/english.htm
Frequently updated website detailing the Copenhagen flamenco scene. In Danish.
[NOTE: I have many more contacts, but these are the
ones that happen to have their own websites. Contact
me directly if you're looking for flamenco info for a geographic area
not represented above]
Flamenco resources for guitarists
La Falseta Specializing
in flamenco guitars, proprietor Tom Núñez says: "I am a sole proprietor and do not have the large overhead that some of my larger competitors do. Therefore, I am often able to save you the customer, hundreds, even thousands of dollars."
Guitars We have a world-class flamenco guitar luthier in our own backyard.
Thomas is a one-man operation based in Richmond, Virginia. He is slowly gaining
a name for himself. TIP: check out his instruments soon and if you like one,
put in an order now. As he gets more well-known, the prices will go up.
The BEST place in the USA to find flamenco CD's, videos, books and more. Owned
and operated by local flamenco guitarist Guillermo Christie.
Tomatito The official
website of the flamenco guitarist who needs no introduction.
Guitar Shop The nephew of guitar maker Valeriano Bernal, Antonio sells
the complete line of his uncle's guitars flamenco and classical. I recently
aquired a Valeriano Bernal Triana model and am very happy with it for my purposes--I
regularly accompany dancers in the local tablaos four nights a week. Check
out the site, it's beautifully done.
Dan Zeff Guitars
Dan Zeff offers his personal experience and knowledge— spanning 25 years of
teaching and performing—in assisting clients worldwide with the selection
of the right guitars. In addition, Dan Zeff carries one of largest selections
of Flamenco CDs and videos available anywhere, many exclusive and hard-to-find
imports from Spain.
guitar transcriptions Free transcriptions! Well actually just a few are
free to whet your appetite. But, if you really want more...Norman does have
a total of 231 transcriptions by various artists at a very reasonable price
busy to practice guitar? Now you have no excuse! Click here now to find out
Mundobeat--VKO Realtime Programmable
Metronome This programmable metronome (a device that produces clicking
noises that are useful for practicing rhythms) can be used by flamenco dancers
and musicians because you can make it play flamenco compás complete with the
accents! The website has some audio samples so that you can preview them for
Bonnin Designs Unique,
handcrafted flamenco jewelry and accessories and more.
The BEST place in the USA to find flamenco CD's, videos, books and more. Owned
and operated by local flamenco guitarist Guillermo Christie. If you're clueless
about what CD's to buy, Guillermo can give you some expert advice.
Most beginners usually purchase character shoes before they decide to pay
significantly more for real flamenco shoes. Stein's got them. Sometimes they
have beginner quality castanets available.
Arte Flamenco (Switzerland)
Miriam from Germany writes: As someone who passionately loves Flamenco
I gladly found your website on the internet. When I got down to flamenco shops
I noticed that Arte Flamenco is missing which is a highly recommendable company
in Switzerland. I must say that I have already bought so much from this company,
they offer such a good service, prices are more than reasonable, the articles
are of high quality and shipment to the U.S. is completely free for orders
exceeding 400 CHF which should be about 300 US-Dollar, more or less. Furthermore
they offer a proper online shop also in English...As a long-standing customer
I would really like to recommend this company to all Flamencos in the United
States, I know a lot of Flamenco shops, but in my opinion, Arte Flamenco tops
them all by far.
Export DC flamenco dancer Mariya Kostystka writes: "I got the shoes
from www.flamencoexport.com, I am pretty happy with the service. Here is why:
the guy who manages the orders was communicating with me by e-mail, answering
all my detailed questions instantly, the shoes/catalogues do get here in 2
days, they do special orders and accept measurements, the shoes fit perfectly
and are neatly done, the price turns out to be roughly the same as buying
the shoes from local retailers, but at least you get exactly what you want."