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Palmas & Compás with Luis de la Tota, direct from Spain
Bay Area Flamenco
Oakland, CA
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Palmas & Compás with Luis de la Tota, direct from Spain
presents Palmas & Compas workshop with LUIS DE LA TOTA

Luis de la Tota lives and breathes the soniquete of Jerez: he IS the soniquete de Jerez: that unmistakable rhythmic approach from Jerez de la Frontera's Barrio de Santiago. This man has more aire than anyone. Palmas, Compas, Jaleos: he has it all and more. One of the most charismatic and cool Gitanos de Jerez. TAKE THIS CLASS!!!!


Check out his whistling solo in the video on the right... And see Moraito (RIP) dancing to it!

Monday, Oct. 24 7pm
Wednesday, Oct. 26 7pm

One day $25
Both days $50
Drop in day of class $30 cash only at the door

Diego del Morao has invited Luis de la Tota to perform with him on October 22 at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. Workshop participants will receive a discount code  for tickets to the show at time of online registration.  

Luis de La Tota
Luis is a beloved teacher known for his ability to share the secrets of flamenco compás with endless energy, humor and grace. Born in one of the oldest Gypsy neighborhoods of Jerez de La Frontera, El Barrio de Santiago, Luis de la Tota began his career as a percussionist at the age of 8. He takes his artistic name from his grandmother 'La Tota', who has been an inspiration to him since his infancy. As a percussionist and palmero, Luis tours with flamenco's top artists such as Antonio Del Pipa, Fernando de La Morena, El Capullo, Moraito, Diego Carrasco and Angelita Vargas and has come to the Bay Area several times with dancer Maria "Chacha"Bermudez. As a Flamenco lyricist, his verses (letras) have been recorded widely and his work as a percussionist can be heard on many CDs. Finally, it may surprise you to know that for their love of Heavy Metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Luis along with his twin brother Ali (who is also a palmero) consider themselves to be 'Flamenco Heavies.'

Testimonial from a student:
      "I'm taking time off this summer to study with Luis de la Tota who is arguably the best palmero in the whole world...except he has an identical twin brother named Ali who is hmmm, well, just as good!   I have seen Luis perform countless times and he is the embodiment of compas and accompanies with such JOY that you cannot help but watch him.  Never mind the dancer.  The dancer can be doing the most spectacular footwork, but the man behind the dancer is Luis with all his palmas, jaleo and aire.

     "Hanging out at the Pena Chacon with Luis, you start to realize that this man eats, drinks, lives, breathes flamenco, inventing bulerias letras on the fly about random people that walk into the bar and random situations.  Alas, you realize that he was born with it."

KASANDRA "LA CHINA" Portland, Oregon

6th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival
(Festival Flamenco Gitano)

Festival takes place from October 22st through October 30th with performances and master classes by visiting artists from Spain including guitarist Diego del Morao (October 22, Brava Theater, San Francisco); singer Diego El Cigala (October 23rd, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley); and dancer Jose Maya & Company (October 29, Crocker Theater Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz and October 30th, Cowell Theater Fort Mason, San Francisco).

The Festival has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation. Co-sponsored by Ameoba Records and KPFA FM 94.1

For tickets to shows and information on master classes see website  

The Bay Area Flamenco Partnership  
Representing the area's vibrant Flamenco community, The Bay Area Flamenco Partnership is dedicated to fostering the flamenco arts, creating and presenting quality flamenco to diverse audiences. Founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Nina Menéndez, the BAFP has produced numerous major flamenco performances featuring world-class artists from Spain, including the annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival and the Festival Flamenco Gitano. The BAFP also provides a forum for the rich pool of outstanding local flamenco artists and facilitates cultural exchange opportunities and workshops with visiting artists from Spain.          




Bay Area Flamenco (View)
232 Ridgeway Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
United States

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Arts > Dance
Education > Classes
Music > Global

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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