The first stable period in Tomás' operation came with a three year stint at the New Griffin Centre (Civic). With availability there to run classes five nights a week, Tomás was able to stabilise his operation and carefully develop a large core of students. This encouraged him in 2002 to formally establish the Flamenco Dance Academy of Canberra.

 

Spurred on, Tomás undertook professional development and gained accreditation in 2005 with the Instituto de la Danza Española, and in 2007 gained further accreditation with the Alianza Flamenca (the two leading international examining bodies for Spanish Dance and Flamenco).

 

The bubble burst after three years when the New Griffin Centre changed management and no longer supported flamenco. The Academy collapsed. Tomás searched for a full year for a suitable venue to start again before finding availability at the Canberra Youth Ballet School in Cook, and in 2008 changed its name to The Flamenco Centre Canberra. Sadly, after a couple of terms of green growth, this venue underwent renovations and could no longer support flamenco. Suddenly with nowhere to go, the Flamenco Centre was derailed again.

 

Finally in 2009 the Belconnen Arts Centre was built and welcomed the Flamenco Centre. With a state of the art dance studio and a promise of tolerance of flamenco dance technique, the Flamenco Centre re-established itself and started over again.

 

The Flamenco Centre is currently the only provider in the ACT/NSW region qualified to incorporate the international flamenco teaching standards of both the IDE and Alianza Flamenca.

 

The Centre established its Sydney branch in 2011, offering Sydney residents the distinctive service that Canberra residents have had available for so long.

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The Story of The Flamenco Centre