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Posted on March 19, 2014

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A final fitting informal cap to the Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival is the Peña Flamenca de Londres‘ celebration of the life and works of Lorca by Sam Quy (who is about to start a new bata de cola course with La Escuela de Baile). Visiting London’s oldest peña feels like coming home and many of the London flamenco scene’s familiar faces are here.

Vera King, chairman of the Peña, says: “Peña aficionados have voted this year’s festival at Sadler’s Wells the best so far, praising in particular the Gala, tracing flamenco from its beginnings through its different stages to the present day. It is such a bonus that artists of the calibre on the Sadler’s Wells stage also give such skilled classes.”

Others might have flamenco fatigue by now. Not me! I am off to investigate the Flamenco Triangle in Spain, where I also hope to meet some of the Londoners who have been so inspired by the art that they’re dancing professionally in Andalusia itself.

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Photograph: Carole Edrich


Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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