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Hire a Spanish Flamenco Dancer

Hire a Spanish Flamenco Dancer for any Spanish themed event.

I often receive enquiries from people who want to know if I can bring a Flamenco Dancer with me.

The answer is absolutely yes and I have thought that perhaps a helpful way to supply the relevant information in in question answer form based upon the enquiries that I receive.

Are your flamenco dancers professional?

Yes, all of my flamenco dancers are professionally trained in Spain.

Are all your dancers Spanish?

Usually yes, but I also work with dancers from South American countries who have not only trained in their country of origin but have also lived, trained and performed flamenco dance in Spain.

What is the fee for a flamenco dancer?

Between 100.00 and 500.00 UK Pounds depending on the length of their performance, the  distance needed to travel and any overnight accommodation expenses.

Will you accompany them with flamenco guitar playing?

Yes, this is vital for the following reason:

Although my dancers do have a pre- prepared choreography they also like to have the freedom to develop their dances on the spur of the moment. In this situation they no longer dance to my music.

It is a case of me following them. I have to try to anticipate what they are going to do next and provide the correct music for each section of their flamenco dance.

Incidentally this is the authentic original way of performing flamenco.

For more information on my work please see: Hire Book a Spanish Flamenco Guitarist.

What kind of floor space do flamenco dancers need?

Flamenco dancers need wooden floors so that you can hear the flamenco footwork.  They can adapt their choreographies to a small space but the larger the dance space that is available the better.

Will your flamenco dancers have beautiful flamenco costumes?

Yes, they always have several genuine flamenco costumes from Spain and they like to change several times so that their costume suits the mood of each dance.

Will there only be one flamenco dance after another?

No. This could be too much of the same thing for your audience.

Normally the format is a guitar solo to get the audience in the mood, followed by a flamenco dance and then perhaps a duet of castanets and guitar. Then further developments of this theme.

This seems to work very well but we would need to discuss with you to make sure it fits with your plans for your event.

Do you both need a changing room?

That would be great but we can work with whatever is available. It is more important that the dancer should have  a changing space.

Hire book a Spanish Flamenco Guitarist

Hire a Flamenco Guitarist for weddings, corporate events, Spanish themed events, private parties, restaurants and celebrations.

If you would like to book a flamenco guitarist to play for your event here is all the information in question and answer form:

 

How do we contact you to hire you for our event?

Phone me or e mail me from my contact page.

What is your fee?

Between £100.00 and £500.00 depending on playing time and distance.

What sort of events do you play for?

I play for all and any events where clients feel that Spanish Flamenco and Classical Guitar would be appropriate. These include but not exclusively: weddings, golf clubs, Spanish restaurants, any restaurant with a Spanish theme such as a paella or tapas afternoon or night, private parties, wine tasting events, cultural events, Spanish funerals where the deceased was typically Spanish and loved Spanish music, baptisms and events welcoming babies into the world.

How long will you play for?

As long as you need. We can discuss this.

Do you play only Flamenco Guitar Music?

No, I play Flamenco Guitar Music and Spanish Classical Guitar music and a very few Latin pieces?

Can we hear you? Do you have any videos of your playing?

Yes, there are sound clips of my flamenco guitar playing throughout this website and videos on the video page.

Can you also bring a Flamenco Dancer to our event?

Yes, please view the information Hire a Spanish Flamenco Dancer and  the Flamenco Dancer page for more information.

Do you have genuine good reviews from happy clients?

Yes, these can be read on my testimonials page.

Can you provide a professional contract?

Yes, as a member of the Musicians’ Union I can provide a Musicians’ Union contract but it is not at all a requirement.

Our e mails constitute an agreement.

Do you have Public Liability Insurance?

Yes, as a member of the Musicians’ Union I have Public Liability Insurance but in almost all cases the venue will prefer their own insurance.

 

 

 

Spanish Event Flamenco Dancer and Guitarist

I was booked through and agency together with a flamenco dancer to provide an evening of flamenco dancing and guitar playing for a private party for one of their clients.

In fact it turned out that the party was not so much a Spanish themed event as in fact a Spanish party; that is to say an event with a great many Spanish people.

When Spanish people hire me for an event this is usually very good news and this occasion was no exception.

It does not follow that just because people are Spanish that they will necessarily know about Spanish culture and flamenco music and dance in particular but when they hire performers to provide this kind of Spanish Flamenco performance it does often mean that they are very familiar with flamenco.

Our hosts and their guests for the evening were fabulously appreciative of the flamenco dances, guitar solos and duets of guitar and castanets. It is important to point out that the non Spanish people were absolutely wonderful, they genuinely respected and enjoyed the guitar and dance and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to have performed for all the people present on that wonderful evening.

Of course people applauded as audiences do but they also approached us with interesting questions and comments on our work in addition to requesting certain Spanish flamenco pieces that they knew and loved.

It is always great to be able to play the requests that people have and if I know in advance sometimes I can learn a specific composition if it is not already in my repertoire.

The flamenco dancer who worked with me on this event and indeed who is often my first choice was superlative. She felt inspired by the atmosphere and she danced so well. I will add photos but wish I also had a short video clip of her dancing on that evening. On another occasion, I will try to make sure that I get a recording of some of the performance.

For now we have a very happy memory of being hired to perform flamenco for this Spanish event and hope that the memory is shared by those people present.