Comments from our Flamenco students

Comments from our Flamenco students


"You have been a wonderful teacher, mentor, and being. I'm so happy we were brought together. Gracias por todo." 

Malin Alegria


Hola Maestra.

We were so delighted to see you last night!  Cathy, Jose and I can't sing you enough praises on how lovely you look and how healthy you glow!  Cathy and I were exchanging our feelings on what an inspirational woman and teacher you are.  You are so encouraging and helpful as a teacher and as a human being, just as wonderful as they come!  :)  

I love you dearly and I just wanted you to know that!!!!!!

… I am very clear that my learning comes from YOU.  … my learning truly, comes in the way you break things down, the patience and time you have to show each one of us how to hear the sound, see the "dibujo", imagine the roots of the tree, and so forth.  These are only some of the important things you bring as a teacher.......something i have yet to see in any other instructor that has come by (and perhaps they don't have the luxury of time as they are only here teaching 1- 5 days maximum).  

That being said, I hope to continue going to your class as long as I have breath in me and learn from whom i consider THE BEST!

Con mucho amor y respeto,


Now, the fact that you are not from Spain, believe it or not IS the very thing that makes it so helpful.  I grew up dancing to Cumbia and Hip-Hop.  I cannot convey or relate to those who DIDNT grow up with it.  A better teacher will be the one who caught on DESPITE he/she didn't grow up in it, make sense?  To me, you have got it all, including humility and poise.  

Thank you infinitely for teaching me much more than the complexity of footwork, compass and all of the counter intuitive upper body movements.  You posses so much more than you are aware of and for that I am grateful.




"Thank you Marianna, we have you to thank for the development of our skill and our introduction to the flamenco Gypsy arts. We are looking forward to the performance". Nicholas H. & Michelle D.



"Thank you for your wonderful gift of Flamenco in my life." Patricia D.

"Ole!! I am impressed how fast your students are learning!!" Roberto V.



"Dear Marianna,


Thank you so much for the wonderful class. Hope we can get you on the radio."

Nada M.



"Teacher, a todos y a todas, tu nos ensenas la passion por el "Deep Flamenco Gypsy Feeling" 


Tu eres Funny


Tu eres pura Gitana :) Oléééé :)






You are a Beautiful Woman Marianna :)


My Flamenco Teacher" Virginie V.

"I was just thinking about you yesterday, Luis and I were giving a semi-private lesson to a couple here in Boise. The wife wanted to know more about bulerías and then we got into my travels in Spain. I really appreciate all of the opportunities and support you guys have provided all of these years. Without it, I would likely not have so much Flamenco knowledge and experience--I cannot say Thank you enough!" Estefania S.


"Marianna: Thank you sooo much for a wonderful class. You have inspired me! Counting down the days til the next class" Tracy F.


 "Wonderful class tonight, always leaves me motivated and nourished. Thank you for your presence and your teaching!" Cathryn B.

"Thank you Marianna for the flamenco class on Saturday, I enjoyed it so much " Gabriella L.


" The little one ... was also really very sad that we didnt go (to class last night). She wasn't

all that much into Flamenco and after she saw you do the Solea, she told me: "Me gusta

mucho NUESTRA clase de Flamenco, Mami....mi maestra es muy bonita y me gusta

mucho la musica!" I couldnt be happier!!!" Aymeth R.


"I LOVE taking flamenco classes with you, Marianna! The live music and your joyful presence make me thrilled to learn this most passionate dance with you. Thank you!"  Serina T.

"First, I want to tell you that when I first re-met you back in October of 2010 I thought you were a very beautiful woman (physically speaking because I had no clue you were a beautiful inside as I already know).  

Then, when I saw you dancing Bulerias in spurts of time, I thought: "My goodness.....que bella y distinguida dama!"

But today, when I saw you dancing Solea........I have no words to say how incredible lovely you look with all the grace and beauty and the passion you bring to the dance!  Inolvidablemente bella~
What a treat for me to have you as my Flamenco Teacher!  I will miss you but until then, see you tomorrow and I hope to see you perform once you get back some time so that I can boast to my friends and family!  ha ha ha ha haaaaa!  
Buena noche y nos vemos mañana!"

"Thanks too for a great class - you are a wonderful teacher and it was a very encouraging evening. I feel so blessed to have been spending the night with you, Madeline, and James with all of your knowledge and talent! See you soon."       Cathy N.


"I appreciate all that you do in transmitting the dynamic art of flamenco dance." Laura S. 


"Thanks once again for making classes fun, comfortable, easygoing and very instructive. I sense that you care about your students' progress and love sharing your art, which creates a nurturing atmosphere conducive to learning. " Laura S.

"Saludos Maestra!

What a great class last night~
I really enjoy your teaching methods and watching you dance is such a treat.....muchas gracias!" Aymeth R.

"Your classes are the best! I'm grateful to have you as a teacher." Cathy N.

"Thank you for the great classes this week.  I am loving the Solea. ..."  Kathryn  M.

 "Thank you for sharing Marianna. Class was marvelous tonight!! I love both the Tango and Solea - you're a great teacher!" Cathy N.

"Maestra ...  I can't tell you enough what an amazing teacher you are and love, love, love (did I say love?) you style and teaching methods!"  Aymeth S.

"Dear Marianna, I am so enjoying your Bulerias class! I appreciate your willingness to review previously-taught steps and to answer all our questions. It is a good for us to hear your encouragement, as it inspires us to practice, learn and express more through dance."  Laura S.

"Thanks for such a fabulous class - I truly enjoyed it. Looking forward to Thursday!" Cathy N.

"Thank you so much again for the beautiful gifts from Spain.  You are a wonderful teacher and a beautiful soul!  Tonight was great - Óle!!  XOXOXO." 9/09     Daniella S.

"Flamenco class truly feeds my soul.”     Marcie W.

“I’m loving your classes – there is so much to work on, and it’s a good (safe) place to grow.  Everyone – you, Freddie, James, Aaron – you all know so much and are so supportive.  I am looking forward to joining the Wednesday group.”     Daniella S.

Hi! Thank you soooo much for yesterday's class! It was PERFECT!!!”     Amanda S.

“Dear Marianna,
Thank you for your warm welcome to this amazing form of expression.  It is very special for me and I can hardly wait for next week. I am intending to come. It feels so much like part of my healing journey.

When I was a child my father brought back a Flamenco 'outfit' from Spain, a ruffled dress with large white circles on a red ground, a mantilla and castanets. I would dress myself in this and imagine dancing. I was a shy child and yet somehow this resonated with me.  Going to Spain with my family on holiday I felt strangely at home, not the little 'English' girl I seemed to be.
I wondered if my daughter's attraction to Flamenco came through me, through something I had never explored in myself. In the last seven years or so I became fascinated with Sephardic music and song, the legacy of the Jews of Spain and Portugal. It has a similar soul to Flamenco and they share common roots, Moorish and Gypsy. I even wonder if my Romanian grandfather was descended from Sephardic Jews.  His parents were buried in Spain and we do not know why.
In traveling this path with cancer I try to listen to the  
'grandmothers', to my intuition about where healing lies. Sometimes their instructions are so simple, what to eat or who to call as an ally. It felt so right to be there in your beautiful studio yesterday. Your teaching was so whole and I am amazed that I left having a real sense in my body of some of the pieces that weave into this dance form, this prayer form. I am smiling as I write this and grateful and glad. My body and soul thank you.
Blessings,”      Alison/Alie

“Hi Marianna,
What a great class last night – thank you so much.  I’m really liking Wednesdays...”     Daniella S.

“Hi!  It was great to see you both again, and dance!  I really had fun, although my toes feel hammered.  Freddy looks remarkably well and is back to criticizing all of us, so he can only be on the mend.”  Paula R.

“… there are things I definitely miss about your classes. That's why I'm writing to you, to tell you, I believe I WILL be back in your studio … in the future.
…  p.s. We started working on Bulerias today, and it was almost too easy for me! Thanks to you, Federico, and the other musicians at your studio, of course. As soon as she clapped out the first measure, I remembered it instantly and effortlessley, much to my delight and surprise”!     ~ Diana N.

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