Tomás Dietz gave his first flamenco class in Canberra in 1992, and was also the first in Canberra to provide professional, structured tuition in the pure flamenco style.

 

Over the years he has run classes at many venues in Canberra in a long term quest to find a stable venue to build the organisation. This quest has taken his classes to the iconic Old Griffin Centre in Civic (now demolished), Turner PCYC (defunct), Acton Senior Citizen's Club (now demolished), Griffith Uniting Church, Pearce Community Centre, National Capital Ballet School in Phillip, Haigh Park Scout Hall, Kaleen Community Hall, Gorman House Arts Centre, St Peter's Lutheran Church, the New Griffin Centre, and the Canberra Youth Ballet School in Cook. Most of these venues eventually would not support the high impact dance technique or the noise generated by flamenco classes, and one after the other became unavailable. The growth of Tomás' flamenco classes was sporadic and in a constant state of flux.

THE EARLY DAYS

The Story of The Flamenco Centre