Founded by Yioda Wilson, Arte Flamenco was established to promote, strengthen and teach the authentic, traditional art form of Flamenco, as it is in Spain. It aims to foster a genuine appreciation for Flamenco through it’s classes, workshops and performances.
Since it’s establishment Arte Flamenco it has gone on to become the largest Flamenco school here on the Sunshine Coast, offering a varied schedule of dance classes. Training in Flamenco guitar, singing & percussion is also available.
In addition to this, Arte Flamenco leads a vibrant group of dancers & musicians who have garnered a reputation for inspiring audiences with their uplifting, soulful performances.
Yioda Wilson draws on her many years of experience to teach the traditional form of flamenco, as taught in Spain, here on the Sunshine Coast.
With an already strong background in dance, Yioda began her training under leading Sydney Maestra Katia Ruiz, who instilled in her a solid core of flamenco technique and helped her to begin developing her own unique style and interpretation of this much loved art form.
Yioda continued perfecting her art with countless other teachers both in Australia, Spain & USA, at for example premier flamenco school Amor De Dios (Madrid) and the National Institute of Flamenco in the USA. She has studied with Flamenco legends such as: Farruquito, Eva Yerbabuena, Alfonso Losa, La Lupi, El Choro Molina, Manuel Linan, Juana Amaya, La Tati, Andres Pena, Pilar Olgalla, La Truco, Adrian Santana, Candela Soto, Paco Romero, El Guito, and many, many, more masters of this art form. She has also done extensive studies in Flamenco History, attending conferences with renowned Spanish historians, and Yioda has also undertaken an in-depth study of the Cante (song).
Yioda has worked as Principal dancer in productions such as; Torreo, Carmen, Bolero, Salome, Bodas de Sangre, in addition to many Tablao style shows. Her many professional engagements include performing as a member of flamenco troupe, Los Flamencos and now with her current ensemble 'Arte Flamenco'. Her previous work includes performances with the acclaimed Australia Brandenburg Orchestra, the LightSpace Brisbane, alongside celebrity chef Miguel Maestre, appearances at many Festivals such as the Horizon and Barcardi Festivals and many other Corporate and high profile events.
In her 6th year of teaching here on the Sunshine Coast, Yioda tries to teach in a relaxed and fun way, aiming to be a teacher who takes the time to notice each individual's struggles with the dance. Above all, she hopes to inspire others to take the flamenco journey with her and experience the life changing rewards it can bring.
Guitarist Antonio Miguel
Antonio is a flamenco guitarist, luthier, teacher and performer based on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. He has studied with Paco Pena & Juan Serrano in Cordoba, Spain as well as many others and successfully ran a his own Flamenco Club in Birmingham, England before moving to Australia and making it his home.
He was the principal guitarist for the Paulena de Vareno dance troupe and accompanist for the Midland Arts Centre Dance School in England. His many engagements include the launch of British Airways flights to Granada, Festival of Wales, TV & radio appearances including the BBC ‘Big Breakfast Show’ and Harvey Goldsmith’s production of Carmen at the Birmingham International Arena.
Antonio is now the principal guitarist for Arte Flamenco here on the Sunshine Coast and performs regularly with the ensemble. He also accompanies classes held at the dance school in Woombye.