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SENES Flamenco is a live music and dance ensemble providing quality flamenco performances in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
It aims to promote cross-cultural understanding through the art of flamenco music and dance. Featured artists include Flamenco Dancer, Guitarist, Singer and Percussionist.
Working in conjunction with various talented artists across diverse genres, SENES is dedicated to the development of multicultural performing arts and arts education in Australia.
Centro de Flamenco Melbourne is committed to the promotion of flamenco dance and music in Melbourne. Based in the inner northern suburbs, it offers flamenco dance lessons, flamenco dance workshops and Spanish dance incursions in metropolitan and rural schools.
Flamenco music lessons also available in guitar, cajón and cante and include opportunities in dance accompaniment. Performance opportunities available.
Biography - Aya Kitaoji (Dancer/Instructor/Director)
Aya Kitaoji commenced flamenco dance in Seville, Spain at a young age. From the age of 5, her training has included classical ballet, contemporary, folkloric dance and classical music. In 2012 her continuing passion for flamenco dance and music lead her to create SENES Flamenco - one of a handful of Australia's Flamenco Ensembles.
Since commencing her training in the heart of flamenco, Triana, Seville with Giorgia Guggliotta, 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 Andalucia, Spain and has studied with internationally renowned dancers of Jerez de la Frontera and Seville such as Isabel Bayón, Juan Paredes, Inmaculada and Domingo Ortega and Mercedes Ruiz, as well as maestros of "Centro de Baile Flamenco Amor de Dios" including Paco Romero, Belén Fernandez, La China, Carmela Greco, Merche Esmeralda and Maria Torres.
Over the past 10 years, Aya has featured as guest dancer in countless concerts and multicultural events and continues to perform regularly as part of major arts festivals in diverse states across Australia . Recent highlights include performances for National Multicultural Festival, Spanish Language Fiesta and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
As a percussionist and vocalist, Aya plays cajón in her ensemble and features as percussionist and vocalist in Solquemia's album, "Limonera". She tours each year interstate performing across Australia and giving flamenco dance workshops.
Aya is currently based in Melbourne, Australia where she regularly performs each week at "Vamos Bar" Melbourne and "Meigas Restaurant" Ballarat with various renowned musicians in the field. She also enjoys sharing the art of flamenco dance through her workshops and lessons at various studios across the country.
- Please see "Dance Classes" for more information on flamenco dance classes at Centro de Flamenco Melbourne.
Photograph: Natalia Robledo, Barcelona Spain