Lessons in Flamenco – The Legacy of Oscar Nieto

In this four-part video series I demonstrate some of the key approaches to teaching and learning I have developed over my career. I feel some of these methods are unique to me.

I created the video series to introduce students and teachers of flamenco dance to a small sample of these methods. This booklet provides additional information, expanding on concepts introduced in the videos, practice tips for dancers and more detailed breakdowns of techniques and rhythms.

Download the booklet intended to accompany the video series.


Video Episode 1: Introduction

Introduction to a short video series documenting some of the key approaches to teaching and learning that award-winning Canadian flamenco artist, Oscar Nieto has developed over his career of more than 50 years.

Video Episode 2: CAL and Physiology of the Dancer

CAL and Physiology of the Dancer: Award-winning Canadian flamenco dance artist, Oscar Nieto, introduces some of the key teaching and learning concepts he has developed over his career of more than 50 years. He pays particular attention to the generation of dance movement through the musculature of the body.

Video Episode 3: Functional Flamenco Linguistics

Functional Flamenco Linguistics: Award-winning Canadian flamenco dance artist, Oscar Nieto, introduces some of the key teaching and learning concepts he has developed over his career of more than 50 years. “Functional Flamenco Linguistics” is a unique approach to flamenco that focuses on the functionality of flamenco movement and steps, allowing the dancer to understand what each says and does.

Video Episode 4: “Lego Flamenco”

Lego Flamenco: Award-winning Canadian flamenco dance artist, Oscar Nieto, introduces some of the key teaching and learning concepts he has developed over his career of more than 50 years. “Lego Flamenco” is a unique approach that allows the dancer to create choreography and improvise through an understanding of the structures of flamenco music and singing.

I want to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this project and all my teachers and mentors, my fellow performers, and the musicians and singers and dancers who have been part of my flamenco journey. I am grateful to Peter Mole and Kirill Deljanin for their participation in the videos. I want to thank Michelle Harding who helped create this project, direct the videos, and write this booklet.

To all my students over the years: I may have been your teacher, but I’ve learned so much from you.

Oscar Nieto
July 2021, Vancouver, BC