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WHAT IS FLAMENCO?
Flamenco is a Spanish art form made up of three parts: guitar ("guitarra"), song ("cante") and dance ("baile") originating from the gypsies who travelled from India to Andalusia, Southern Spain. It is influenced by many world cultures, including Gypsy, Indian, Moorish, Jewish, Celtic, Arabic, African, Latin American and traditional Spanish regional dance and music. It has also received modern influences from all styles of dance including contemporary, jazz and classical.
Flamenco is a very emotive and rhythmical style of dance where dancers interpret the music (usually song and guitar) using body movements, posture and combine the use of fluid hand movements, forming a musical ensemble to complement rhythmical footwork and claps. Castanets, silk embroidered shawls and large fans were also introduced into flamenco over time.
Today, Flamenco is an international dance form embraced all over the world and in 2010 was listed under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
ABOUT SENES FLAMENCO
Founded in 2012 by Aya Kitaoji, Senes Flamenco is a live flamenco ensemble providing quality live music and dance performances based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
It aims to inspire cross-cultural understanding through the art of flamenco music and dance. Working in conjunction with talented artists across diverse genres, SENES is dedicated to the development of multicultural performing arts and arts education in Australia.
CENTRO DE FLAMENCO, MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
For the promotion of flamenco dance and music in Melbourne, Australia. A centre offering flamenco dance lessons, flamenco dance workshops and Spanish dance incursions in metropolitan and rural schools in Australia.
Flamenco music lessons also available as private lessons and small groups in:
flamenco guitar lessons
cajón, palmas & castanet lessons
cante / singing lessons
Opportunities in dance accompaniment for guitar students and guidance by some of the country’s leading flamenco and Spanish music artists.
Aya Kitaoji (Dancer/Instructor, Artist Director)
Aya Kitaoji commenced flamenco dance in Seville, Spain at a young age. From the age of 5 she studied classical ballet, contemporary, folkloric dance as well as classical music and in 2012 her continuing passion for flamenco dance and music lead her to create her Melbourne-based ensemble, SENES Flamenco.
Since commencing her training in the heart of flamenco Triana, Seville, in 2004 her passion for flamenco lead her to leave Australia to study intensively with Adrián Galia at Estudio Galiana in Tokyo, Japan. She regularly travels to Andalusia, Spain each year, having being inspired and trained by internationally renowned dancers of Jerez de la Frontera, Seville and in Madrid with maestros of the prestigious centre of flamenco dance "Centro de Baile Flamenco Amor de Dios". She has studied with world class artists including Paco Romero, Belén Fernandez, Maria Torres, La China, La Tati, Carmela Greco, Merche Esmeralda, Javier Latorre, Isabel Bayón, Juan Paredes, Concha Jareño, Manuel & Antonio Reyes, Domingo Ortega and Antonio Canales.
Over the past 10 years, Aya has featured as guest dancer in countless concerts and multicultural events throughout Australia and continues to perform regularly as part of major national arts festivals. Recent highlights include invitations to perform for Parliament of Victoria, National Gallery Victoria, National Multicultural Festival, Spanish Language Fiesta, Spanish Film Festival, and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
As a percussionist and vocalist, Aya regularly features in Spanish guitar ensemble Solquemia and features in the band’s second album, "Limonera". She tours each year performing across Australia as dancer and musician, giving flamenco dance workshops and demonstrations.
Aya is currently based in Melbourne, Australia where she regularly teaches at Centro de Flamenco Melbourne and Utassy Ballet School, whilst continuing performances for public events, festivals and independent projects. She also enjoys sharing the art of flamenco dance through her flamenco dance workshops and lessons at various studios across the country.
- Please see "Dance Classes" for more information on weekly flamenco dance classes at Centro de Flamenco Melbourne.