Emma 'La Rizada' completed the SDS (Spanish Dance Society) syllabus in 2000. Determined to pursue the 'real' flamenco she went to live and study in Jerez de la Frontera at the Centro de Baile in Southern Spain Not only did she discover this art form, but experienced it in context, as a way of life.
Emma has been teaching, performing and choreographing since her return to the UK in 2001.
She has a professional teaching qualification and graduated from East London Dance in 2006 as a qualified Community Dance Practitioner.
Emma has a wide range of teaching experience . She has worked in adult education at London's Bishopsgate Institute , in primary and secondary schools as well as running her own classes in Greenwich for the local community. Emma has also taught for the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD ) and prepared her students for a performance at Sadlers Wells Theatre London
Emma continues to return to Spain to train with the leading names in flamenco today. She has studied with Mercedes Ruiz, Manuel Linan, Andres Pena, Rafaela Carrasco, Rocio Molina, Concha Jareno and recently in Seville with Alicia Marquez and Carmen Ledesma
Emma is a versatile teacher with a wide range of experience. She aims to make her classes accessible and believes that flamenco has so much to offer and wants to inspire her students with this wonderful art form.
Curious? A new term of classes is starting in Sept 2018. Come and join us! New to flamenco? We have a special taster class on Monday 23rd August
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Ulises Diaz Ropero
From Toledo in Spain, is a versatile singer and percussionist currently working in London. He uses a wide range of palos either to accompany dance or work as a solo artist. He works alongside Ritmo Flamenco and performs in our annual school show.
Lina Leon Singer and Flautist
Born in Huelva Spain. Began her musical studies aged 8, influenced by her father, a flamenco/classical guitarist. Lina graduated with distinction from Seville Superior Conservatory, moving to Amsterdam Conservatory where she post graduated in historical flutes and contemporary music. She has performed in tablaos such as 'Palacio del Flamenco and Los Tarantos and has toured worldwide.