Fight the Flab on a Flamenco Holiday


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When I think back to my childhood dance lessons, it is not with fondness. Just the sight of a pair of ballet pumps conjures up memories of a dictator in a tutu criticising my pas de bourrée. It was enough to put me off dance classes for the rest of my life. But dance class need not be a chore. In fact, many people are now incorporating dance classes into their vacation and learning a thing or too on their summer holidays.

Flamenco school ‘La Fuente’ village of Capileira is situated in Southern Spain in a stunning region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains known as ‘Las Alpujarras. ’

The villages of the Alpujarras offer the tranquillity you would expect of traditional country villages, yet also offer visitors a wide range of welcoming bars, lively restaurants and cafes.

The school was founded by Isabel Lagrillière, the daughter of internationally renowned Flamenco guitarist Rudi ‘El Guiri', who established the first Flamenco school in the area 20 years ago. The lessons are suitable for a broad range of people, ranging from complete beginners, intermediate dancers and those with advanced experience.

And if you think you’ve mastered flamenco dancing and want to try something else, the school offers lessons in Spanish, painting and horse riding.

Centro Flamenco La Fuente provides accommodation for your vacation seven at the Mesón-Hostal Poqueira, situated in the centre of Capileira. Mesón-Hostal Poqueira is a charming family run hotel with en-suite rooms, restaurant and bar and is situated on the main street of Capileira, just seconds away from the school.

If you fancy a holiday where you’ll come back with a talent as well as a tan then a flamenco holiday might be just right for you. And not a nasty teacher in sight.

Russ Pooley writes for Drake & Cavendish who provide a luxury hotel research directory featuring over 5,000 luxury hotels in over 700 resort locations around the world. As a content provider we are committed to developing entertaining and informative travel related information. You can read further articles and details at


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