New Writing Website

I now have a website dedicated to writings I am editing for publication. You will find writings not published here. 

The two books I am currently working on are, "When the Moon Dances - A Memoir - Becoming the Oldest Generation" and "Turquoise Interlude."

To find out more about them, 

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Rustic Vacation Rentals at Flamenco Romantico

Now you can book our Rustic Vacation Rentals at Flamenco Romantico through airbnb through the link below. It will take you to one of our camping sites and you can look for other properties at Flamenco Romantico to see our rooms, and other camp sites and photos ....

You can also find us at Rustic Vacation rentals at Flamenco Romantico on Facebook, and also on HipCamp.

Camping on our beautiful land #1

Soquel, CA, United States
THIS IS CAMPING, NOT A PRIVATE ROOM. You bring your own tent, sleeping bags, and supplies! Camping area plus use of shared kitchen and bathroom. For more description see our other 2 camping listing...

Juan Paredes Flamenco Santa Cruz 2016

Juan Paredes Flamenco Workshop Santa Cruz 2016

Our next workshop is coming up in May, so it is time to save the date, make plans, and to register! If you are not using Facebook, I can send you other links to the rentals, so please ask. Please see below to youtube links for Juan Paredes.
For those of you who know Juan Paredes, is it hard to imagine that he has “movie star” in his list of credits? Check out this video from the film Montoyas y Tarantos: You can ask him about it when he is in Santa Cruz teaching his popular bulerías festeras classes on May 26-28. Early registration for the workshop is open through April 1. Info:

Thursday, May 26, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Friday, May 27, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 28 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Flamenco Romántico Academy of Gypsy Flamenco Arts, 1007 Hidden Valley Road, Soquel, CA 95073

Note: Overnight accommodations are available at a discounted rate at Rustic Vacation Rentals at Flamenco Romántico, a lovely vacation rental located on the grounds of Flamenco Romántico Studio. Inquire for details:

Special workshop prices for my rental rooms on the property are $100/day – You must be enrolled for the workshop to receive this price. Contact Marianna for room rentals. 831-216-6072. First come first served bases. Your check will reserve your room.
Registration is only available online. All tuition payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Participants will receive course prep materials about bulerías and dancing "por fiesta" prior to classes.

Early registration: $130
Late registration: $150
Single class: $40 & $60


Contact Julie Galle Baggenstoss with questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 404-277-1499

Visit to be part of a community of people moving with Juan Paredes in the U.S.A. in 2016.

Visit for information about Juan Paredes' ongoing classes of bulerías festers.




Carmen Ledesma Workshop Santa Cruz 10/15

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CARMEN LEDESMA teaches in Santa Cruz

CARMEN LEDESMA teaches in Santa Cruz for the first time ever!

FOUR DAY WORKSHOP:  Monday, October 13 - Thursday, October 16
BULERIAS ROMANCE: "Dancing to the Cante" With special guest singer JOSE MENDEZ

Register Now:

The Bay Area Flamenco Festival is proud to present workshops taught by Carmen Ledesma who is widely recognized as one of the best flamenco dance teachers in Andalucía today. José Méndez is one of the most sought-after singers for Gypsy flamenco dance in Spain. The Bay Area Flamenco Festival is proud to present these workshops in partnership with Flamenco Romántico, Santa Cruz. 


Carmen Ledesma represents Sevilla’s legacy of female dancers from Pastora Imperio and Matilde Coral to the grassroots pueblo-style dancers of Moron, Utrera and Lebrija. Ledesma's first teacher was Enrique el Cojo, one of the founders of Seville's unique style of flamenco dance. And her maestro Pepe Ríos (from Morón de la Frontera, nephew of Diego del Gastor) was a major influence. In the early years of her career, she worked with Antonio Gades at Spain's National Ballet. In 1983 she was awarded the prestigious Juana la Macarrona prize for dance at Cordoba's National Flamenco Arts Awards. She later went on to work with such greats as Mario Maya and El Farruco and toured both Spain and France with guitarist Pedro Bacán's legendary group "The Pinini Clan," where she danced alongside Concha Vargas.


José Méndez was born into the legendary Méndez clan of Gypsy flamenco singers from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. A direct descendant of La Paquera, he is the grandson of the festero “El Pili” and a cousin of Bay Area favorite, Kina Méndez. A member of Cristina Hoyo’s company for many years, José Méndez has specialized in singing for dancers. He is also an outstanding soloist with a voice that echoes La Paquera. 


Carmen Ledesma with José Méndez: "Dancing to the Cante" 

DATES:  Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs; October 13-16

TIME: 7pm-9pm

All 4 days (8 hrs) $185

Three days only (6 hours) $150

Two days only (4 hours) $110

Drop in (2hrs) $60 

* PRIVATE CLASSES: $90 hr. (call to arrange)

Flamenco Romantico Studio
1007 Hidden Valley Road 
Soquel, CA 95073

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(831) 216-6072  MARIANNA MEJIA

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