Squashing an English and Philosophy degree in between crosswords and the snooker, Jamie put his degree to good use, developing an admirable technique and ear for flamenco, accompanying dance classes and workshops in the Midlands alongside Ana Garcia and various visiting dancers.
Ana Garcia :: Flamenco Dance
Born in Valdepeñas, La Mancha (a very windy part of Spain where they're all a bit unhinged), Ana
is one of the eminent flamenco dancers and teachers in the UK (just don't tell her she
has a Brummie accent).
dance studies at an early age, attending classes at her
local dance school, before taking exams in Classical Ballet and Spanish dance at Malaga's Conservatoire.
studied with some of the great names of Flamenco
, such as Maria Magdalena, Ciro, Adrian Galia, Rafaela Carrasco, Belen Fernandez, Belen Maya and Eva La Yerbabuena in Madrid, Seville and Jerez.
More recently, Ana has collaborated with leading European director Calixto Bieito as a choreographer for the play La Celestina; worked at Montpellier Opera House, France, choreographing the dance of Salome in a ground-breaking twin production of both the Strauss and Mariotte versions of the opera; and also spent several months working on further dance and choreography on operatic productions in Germany.
Ana Garcia, NBC Los Angeles' veteran reporter
Anna 'Fantastic' Garcia, a superstar