José and Ana Dueñas León
José and Ana have been immersed in Flamenco from an early age, performing at family fiestas and gatherings at their home in Córdoba, Andalucía. They now both perform in Spain and the UK as well as running courses on flamenco dance and guitar accompaniment. As well as their live shows and teaching, José and Ana have appeared on Meridien Television, BBC and Channel 4 as well as being filmed by Formula 1 to celebrate the Grand prix win by the Fernando Alonso.
José has been playing the guitar since he was 8 years old, having studied primarily with his Uncle who is a professional flamenco guitarist now based in Barcelona. José plays regularly, accompanying dance classes for his sister but also has a thriving flamenco guitar school where students benefit from his deep understanding of Flamenco music by the individual classes and group workshops he runs. He is in demand not only as an accomplished Flamenco guitarist but also as a writer and performer of Latin music of which he also has produced an album.
José's compositions have been featured in the highly successful American cop series ‘The Shield' and in 2005, the BBC radio series ‘Musica sin Fronteras' (music without frontiers) dedicated a programme to his original music, featuring an in depth interview and 8 of his songs. The programme was broadcast throughout Latin America as well as in Europe and the UK. Due to his wide knowledge and interest in other Latin and Hispanic musical genres, he was invited to host the 2006 Regent Street Festival, London. This required him to introduce and interview (in Spanish) dozens of musicians and artists to an audience of over 2000.
Ana has trained In Flamenco with some of the best teachers in Spain including Belen and Mario Maya, Mercedez Ruiz and Ciro. She has been teaching for over 9 years and has now a minimum of 8 classes a week running in her Academia Flamenca in Brighton. She also runs Flamenco dance holidays in Granada, Andalucía as well as seminars and workshops throughout the UK. She has also produced flamenco dance videos and DVD's which sell throughout the world via her website: www.flamencodance.co.uk
In addition to her work as a teacher Ana's dancing and choreography have been featured in several television programmes and advertising campaigns including Deutche Post, Holiday and Openwide International Cruise Ships. Her understanding of this art form has made Ana a real resource and she has not only been interviewed by BBC Radio and My Spirit radio but her writing on Flamenco has been featured in publications such as Sussex Life, The Argus, Sussex Women as well as the Spanish Flamenco magazine Alma 100. Her authentic Flamenco artistry and striking image has been used to sell some of the top Flamenco albums throughout the world.
José and Ana are consummate professionals, always maintaining high standards in their presentations, however large or small the line-up, they have gained a reputation with agents and client alike for being the leaders in their field.
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