Welcome to La Escuela de Baile, the UK’s largest flamenco school where students range from four years of age to over 60. Whether you are a keen flamenco dancer, an absolute beginner or are simply looking for enjoyable exercise, our 15+ weekly classes cater for all levels. Refer to our FAQs or contact us for more Information on adult classes, our thriving Children’s Saturday School and intensive workshops held throughout the year at our schools in central London and Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Students have regular performances to work towards and opportunities to dance outside of class. LEDB regularly hosts its own shows, the most recent being on 21 and 22 July 2012 at the prestigious Peacock Theatre, in London’s West End. We have a performance group available for charity shows as well as professional teachers and dancers for hire whatever the occasion, whether a hen party, live demonstration, school workshop or music video. See our contact page.
La Escuela de Baile was founded in 1992 by Nuria García and has been uniquely successful in popularising the art of flamenco in London. Its work has been widely acknowledged in the Media for its unique achievements, inclusive feel and community spirit.
Nuria is Head Teacher and Artistic Director of the Escuela de Baile and primarily based in London, though she is a regular guest teacher at prestigious schools all over the world. Nuria has also taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, The American School in London and at the annual summer course at LEDB’s twin school in Jerez. She holds the Instructora de Baile qualification from the Sociedad de Baile Español (Spanish Dance Society).
As a child, Nuria attended a full time dance school and trained in Spain under some of the most revered teachers including Antonio Canales, La Tati, Adrian Galia, Marco Flores, Manuel Liñán, Javier Latorre, Angel Muñoz, Eva Yerbabuena, Rosario Toledo, Rafaela Carrasco, Mario Maya Belén Maya Rocío Molina, Joaquín Grilo and Israel Galvan.
Nuria has danced in many top flamenco companies, including Paco Peña’s, Juan Martín’s, Fiesta Flamenca and Grupo de Jerez, touring extensively worldwide. For five years, Nuria worked in the avant-garde flamenco and contemporary performance group Von Magnet, which led to several television appearances.
Nuria has worked as head choreographer for numerous advertisements (including Sony and Nissan) and music videos (including Siouxsie and the Banshees, Miguel Gallardo, Robert Palmer and the Gipsy Kings). She has also choreographed for theatre and opera productions, including Harvey Goldsmith’s Carmen, Opera 80 (now the English Touring Opera) and most recently, ´Carmen´ for Diva Opera. Nuria’s TV choreography work includes About Face, Red-Hot and Blue, and Music Makers, and short TV pieces featuring her work including Opening Shots, Capital Woman and ‘Y’ Flamenco, a documentary about the LEDB school itself.
Several of Nuria’s students have won important dance awards, including the Greater London Arts “Young Dancer of the Year” and the Barclays Youth Dance regional award. A number of her students have joined professional dance companies in Spain and in the UK, and some have won scholarships to full time dance schools.
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