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In his own words…Andrés Peña

22 Oct

Photo by Fabio Trippa Gufo

Hola my Flamencos!!!

I’m here in my home in Jerez with my daughter Martina and Pilar, and now that the jet lag is wearing off, and I’m finally regrouping from the long trip, I can now, with great joy, take a break to write these words.

This is my third workshop tour of your country with the direction of Sebastian Sanchez. He, along with Sharon Tickle, were the ones who invested in my baile and my classes to take me into your hearts.And for that I’d like to say to the two, that they have made my dreams come true of returning to Australia after so many years of absence.


Photo by Stuart Cohen

To my Sebastian, I have to thank him for being the person that he is, his passion and good organization. I missed you on this tour. Everything turned out well, but when I turned to my side…you weren’t there with your scruffy hair and your peculiar way of translating!!!

Also Farida, Roshanne, and Jessica, 3 dancers in love with flamenco and beautiful people who have shown and demonstrated to me with their commitment and devotion to the flamenco communities in each city. They have my admiration and respect.

I can’t forget Simone who was present in my first tour and she has demonstrated to me her passion for flamenco and the want for her students to see truth.

When I look back, I see and feel all the emotions that have left a mark on my soul, I feel so proud of each and every student that has come through my classes in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

I think that apart from the satisfaction that you give to me as a teacher is that you make me a better person….and I am sincerely thankful. It’s so beautiful what you have given me and I feel so fortunate.

I am convinced and I know that destiny will bring us back together again. I am happy to have this sensation for a long time now.

I needed to tell you all this and if I forgot to mention more names please forgive me!

I send everyone a big heartfelt hug to you all and especially to you Sebastian, oh my god!!!!

Thank you Australia!

Andrés Peña


Photo by Fabio Trippa Gufo


Photo by Fabio Trippa Gufo


Photo by Stuart Cohen


Photo by Stuart Cohen


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Gracias Sydney…and that’s a Wrap!

21 Oct
Hola Flamenc@s!
AjOEBoexQ9izXZQmOHd817Nuem9aUld2qZzhZDptwnzMHere in Moscow things are cooling down here to sub zero levels, but i have been really feeling the warmth seeing the updates on Andres’s travels. It’s been fantastic to read the comments and see the photos that everybody has left on social media regarding Andres’s last stop on his national tour in Sydney. I’m super glad to see how people have responded and to read how inspired they are and the look of bliss on their faces..I so wish I was there!
Andres has safely arrived in Jerez and he has personally asked me to thank all the students who came, the people you came to observe, the helpers in the various cities and the organizers (Jessica, Farida and Me) for making the tour another great experience for him.And he really hopes that in his next tour (who knows ;))
Before we get into the Sydney leg…just wanted to say that this time remotely organising things over long distance hasnt been easy but it’s been a lot easier with  Farida (Perth), my co hosts and helpers in Adelaide (Emma Susi and Rosh) and Jessica (Sydney)…super thankful guys!
But 3 tours so far and again we tried our hardest to successfully bring the Australian Flamenco Community a major flamenco artist like Andres who has consistently given top quality workshops. Andres has really lifted the level in Australia and has added extra wisdom whether it was through his approach to listening to cante and baile, his authentic choreography, his relaxed teaching style and his all famous Buleria’s classes….which have really lifted the veil of uncertainty on the improvised “pataita” for a lot of students in Australia from beginners to the experienced professionals.
That’s all for me for now! Thank you again and again!
Now about the Sydney leg! Take it away!
Jessica Statham says
What an awesome week of workshops with Andres Peña and a fantastic way to finish off his Australian tour this 2015-10-18 13.04.55year!! Firstly a huge thank you to co-organisers Sebastian Sanchez and Farida Rabih, I hope all who attended in Adelaide and Perth had as great a time as we did here in Sydney. Next a massive thank you to mi Chachy!! Without your support it wouldn’t be possible for me to put this on, te agradezco y te quiero mujer!!! Also to Damian Wright and Kieran Sawyer for playing for the workshops, you guys rock! Can’t forget Lisa Jane Baker and Shar Mitchell from Dance Central Sydney for letting us hold it at their studios and being so amazingly supportive (special thanks again to you Lisa, you know why…)  & last but in no way least a massive thank you and ole to everyone who came along for bringing so much energy and working so hard to make it such a success!! Andres left Australia on such a high note and it’s all because of you. Until next year!!
Emma Somyden Davey also says:
2015-10-18 13.04.55Andres Pena, the bulerias-whisperer!! It’s a palo that I’ve never enjoyed because it always felt like a cultural door, firmly closed. He’s opened my ears and my heart to it and for the first time EVER I bloody loved smashing out a solo in the fiesta circle.  I’ve had a mental block with it for years and it’s his teaching – patient and challenging by turn, and in all the right places – that really unlocked something for me.  The tangos was a cheeky sweatfest of my favourite kind, of course. And kudos to the gutsy chicas who did the Siguiryas with the pro gals… Chachy and Jess, you are badass and beautiful and that choreo and your individual expression of it brought me to tears, as did Andres’ cante. THANK YOU to the organisers. Up there with Maria as one of the best teachers to have come to us. Bring him back soon.
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3 Magical nights in Adelaide…NOW SYDNEY!

15 Oct

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3 nights in Adelaide was enough for Andres to put his special touch to a city that has been indulged with some of the best artists in flamenco today within the same year.

I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Susi and Emma from Studio Flamenco and Rosh from Alma Flamenca for hosting Andres in your studios, and for helping me out with the daily tasks of making the workshop possible in my absence! To Sharon Tickle for entertaining Andres during the day…remember it was her initial efforts that helped Australia get in touch with Andres…and for that I’m forever grateful. And also I can’t forget Farida Rabih from Perth and Jessica Statham for also making this tour possible…with a strong collective of committed individuals we couldn’t make it this far…and above all else TO ALL THOSE WHO CAME to Adelaide! You guys are awesome! )))12095057_10152967802441065_3548966943603675214_o

Since I was stuck in Russia some of the students were able to share their thoughts and photos with us, which I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Tomorrow is the final leg in Sydney which is has to be the unmissable flamenco event in Sydney this year…I hope as many people can go! Before I start sharing the people’s thoughts…it’s NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER IN SYDNEY contact Jessica Statham asap ( I hope the following words will help convince you learn from the master…if you haven’t decided yet!

Full Details are here!

Take it away!

Sharon Tickle says

image2Once again I marvel at the inventiveness of Andres as a choreographer and the level of commitment he brings to his teaching. Whether you’re a beginner or professional Andres will give you tools and dance confidence to carry with you for life.”

Roshanne says

“Andres Pena fills the dance studio with a cool, calm ambience. I challenge you to not smile in his classes. He is extremely intuitive, friendly and lots of fun. He expects the best you can do but always allows each student the time they need to approach and integrate the material. Why do I keep returning to Andres Peña’s classes? Because he inspires me to D.A.N.C.E… not just to learn choreography, but to dance with full enjoyment, no matter the Palo.

As for the choreographies, they are second to none… Creative. Diverse. Dynamic. He delivers material at a level that is cleverly constructed to suit the class and this provides everyone with valuable material and instruction. The choreographies he teaches are the choreographies that he himself performs. Cool stuff for sure!Ao-n1ukVPTIfsz_D7MToqcC35BPIzGF7MlcYhhD8ng6Y

Andres can dance sharp and hit you hard straight to the core, but in general his style is relaxed, Andres Pena fills the dance studio with a cool and calm ambiance. I challenge you to not smile in his classes. He is extremely intuitive, friendly and lots of fun. He expects the best you can do but always allows each student the time they need to approach and integrate the material. Why do I keep returning to Andres Peña’s classes? Because he inspires me to D.A.N.C.E… not just to learn choreography, but to dance with full enjoyment, no matter the Palo.

As for the choreographies, they are second to none… Creative. Diverse. Dynamic. He delivers material at a level that is cleverly constructed to suit the class and provides everyone with valuable material and instruction. The choreographies he teaches are the choreographies he himself performs.12079852_10152967802961065_1635839099087340271_o

Andres’ style is relaxed and fluid. He provides an environment where you can be that way too. Most importantly he is sensitive to each students needs, challenging them and nurturing their development wherever needed.

Adelaide’s workshops have been incredible. Level bajo got through a super cool llamada and full letra de cantiñas con coletilla.

The Polo is a gorgeous, dynamic choreography with cool and challenging rhythms and body movements. Nothing like what I’ve done before with Andres… and I’ve learnt with him for years.

The Tientos … fully challenged… my whole body is sore… pushed to my max… loving every moment.

… and I haven’t even mentioned his amazing singing and attention to theory… Don’t miss out all that Andres has to offer

Susi says

Ok so if you like learning from someone who has brilliant choreography, sings beautifully, is an amazing dancer, has THE best turns i reckon… And is a really nice person who puts you at ease so you can dance your best … I think you will like Andres Pena ! It’s amazing how you can get through 4 hours straight without really noticing your feet are sore (well, except for the last 10 minutes) when someone is so inspiring and motivating.

I won’t repeat what Rosh said but it i agree with all of it!

Thanks so much Sebastian for organising this tour and Andres for coming again and have fun Sydney!


Mil Gracias Perth!…Next Stop Adelaide!

11 Oct


Hola Flamenc@s

It was the last days in Perth and Farida had some beautiful words to share! Farida says:

Today and yesterday have flown by in a most delightful way. Once again Andres has created a wonderful learning environment in which we can feel as relaxed as is possible when taking in such a lot of information within such a short period of time.

Thanks Sebastian Sanchez and Jessica Statham for enabling 12113369_10153742593780152_6868763849580754362_othis visit to happen. Thank you to all of the Perth students who participated and made Andres feel welcome and appreciated.

YOU are the reason we are able to hold these workshops in the first place and it makes me so happy to see how much you value these exceptional artists. Although one never takes it for granted, we are growing accustomed to “Spain coming to us”, which is encouraging us to practice more, learn more and explore the capabilities that we have within, both in a physical sense and in the form of self-expression.

Señor Peña, your efforts to help us understand the music, empower ourselves with improved technique and strive to dance freely with the tools that we each have, has enriched our lives. Much love from your Perth People. 

Renee Claire Firman also says

I have just gotten off the Peña roller coaster, and what an amazing ride! With all the twists and turns you never know where the choreography will take you – but there are only ever nice surprises with Andres! Always demanding your best, Andres gets you truly dancing from the get go. He lifts the class in such a way so that you don’t just do the steps but that you truly feel “it”! Muchas gracias maestro, Perth will miss you!

Thats all for now guys….NEXT STOP ADELAIDE!

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Feeling lucky…Day 2 in Perth

10 Oct

image Day Two has been and gone and I really sense that everyone is getting into the flow: students in the Bulerias class are tuning into el cante and starting to have fun with it.

Tientos ladies are rising to the challenge of this full body workout & as always Andres’s singing & coaching is encouraging dynamism & total emotional engagement.

And lastly La Farruca – ah! Strong lines, sharp movements and a rhythmic feast of explosive footwork. We are loving every second and whatever may be challenging us at any given moment, our maestro urges us to be patient, to persevere & relax into the movement, so that we can enable our bodies to execute the steps musically.

I don’t think I’m alone in feeling extremely lucky.image

Apologies for the lack of photographic proof of all of this activity. I’ve been so immersed in the work that I haven’t been able to tear myself away, but today will be a veritable photo- fest!

Heres a few words from Guida Pereira

Day 2 with Andres Peña at Casa del Compas Farida Rabih…Bulerias de Jerez….still trying to hear “that precise moment ” for entradas..Llamadas y recorrer” ..but we are all getting better and better. I believe this class is a must do or watch ($10.00 per entry to bookings required) Andres wonderful teaching skilks and endless understanding of his students…(mi gente as he calls us) is simply amazing. Hasta pronto Maestro.

Perth Day 1 and so it begins :)

9 Oct

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Andres has finally arrived in Perth after the long trip from Spain and has already started teaching in WA. Farida has gladly given some insights on the first day.

Farida says “Andres has started off beautifully y con mucha energia! Since his arrival in Perth he has been animated and playful but at the same time demanding in his special way: direct & yet gentle.

All the students have finished day one of classes with joy, along with expectation of working hard to achieve the goals that this superb maestro has set for us.

Within the first few  minutes of class, I realize how much I have missed his teaching and choreography. Only three more days to soak it all up!” Pics from the Advanced Farruca

3 more days of workshops, feel free to come and observe or register people 🙂



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Just 3 days to go! Monday 5th October ADELAIDE EARLY BIRD:)

2 Oct

afg_img_rsz (1)Hola Flamenc@s!

It’s just 3 days (Oct 5th) before the early bird date finishes in Adelaide and also only a matter of days before Andres Peña (Acclaimed Teacher, Winner of the 2000 Young Artist Award at the Biennale of Sevilla, and the 2014 Festival de Jerez) will be arriving in Oz to fill our hearts, minds and souls with his awesome presence, his warm teaching style, his puro flamenco and his cante!

There are still places left in Perth and Sydney for those who want to join.wall_big_pe_a

As mentioned Monday October 5th is the Adelaide early bird cut-off date and for just $160 to learn from one of the best flamenco teachers/performers in the world…it’s a BARGAIN!!! So if you need extra information don’t forget to look at the Adelaide Page of the blog for the full details.

Below is a schedule and palos selected


The palos in question are

Elementary: Cantiñas

Intermediate: Caña

Advanced: Tientos

studio flamenco14Also I would like to thank Studio Flamenco and Alma Flamenca for providing their studios to have the workshop! It’s much appreciated! Monday and Wednesday’s Class will be held in Studios Flamenco Hall (Rear Hall of The Church of the Trinity)
318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Park

AF logoAnd Tuesdays Class will be held in Alma Flamencas studio, Cinnabar Red Dance Collective 25 Fifth St, Bowden

So not long guys! Don’t let this opportunity pass this by!

el agua logoAnd don’t forget Sally from El Agua will be there to showcase her awesome flamenco wear!
Hasta pronto