Reviews and Articles

Articles
Isabel
Read an interview with Isabel (in Spanish) published in El Ibérico on 30 August 2011.

Read an interview with Isabel (in English) published in Dance UK.

Read about Isabel in a feature (in English) in the magazine supplement of LaVanguardia.

Reviews

“Thank you so much for your work with me during Toro! Toro! What you gave me not only helped me to get away with looking like I might be able to move like a flamenco dancer, but fed everything I did in the whole show. Your way of teaching is truly inspirational.”
Gary Turner, main actor in Toro! Toro!, Salisbury Theatre Playhouse

“The Flamencos were a massive success and everyone loved them. I am really pleased Isabel did the coaching – the dancers all loved her and her teaching, and it gave them a much needed lift!”
Sam Donnelly, Executive Producer, BBC1 Strictly Dance Fever

Ray Quinn flamenco“Isabel, I just wanted to say a big thank you for today – you were an amazing teacher and it was fantastic to meet you! It really was a pleasure to meet you – thank you!”
Claire Hore, Assistant Producer,
Dancing On Ice

“I just wanted to write to thank you for all your work on How to get your Dream Job Episode 10. I know that Steve got an enormous amount from the time he spent with you and he continually referred back to it over the time that we spent filming with him. You were absolutely fantastic and I really appreciate the time you took to think through what would be most useful to him.”
Sarah Gregory, BBC Producer, How to get Your Dream Job

“I think you are an expert dance teacher and the more I see you in action the more I realise how intelligently you reach people and help them grow as dancers.  It’s so impressive because very few teachers really stop to analyse and discuss the process like you. You inspire discussion and creativity in teaching so thank you for that.”
Maria Koripas MA, Dance Course Director for Performance Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London

“Isabel Baquero helped me prepare for a role in Mike Leigh’s latest film, in which I play a flamenco dance teacher. Before working with Isabel, my dancing experience had been limited to inept shuffling at weddings and I found the prospect of such a challenge pretty daunting, especially as time was limited. Isabel’s boundless energy, infinite patience and intelligently planned teaching not only endowed me with the practical skills to teach a lesson to her own meticulous standards, but also gave me a wealth of knowledge about the history and traditions of this compelling dance form. Although the filming is over, and I could hang up my flamenco shoes with a clear conscience, I find Isabel has inspired me with her passion for the art of flamenco, and it has become an intrinsic and enriching part of my life.”
Karina Fernandez, Actress in Mike Leigh’s film Happy Go Lucky

“I have never had formal dance classes before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from my first flamenco class. I was flying high afterwards! In just one class, I was tracing out basic flamenco shapes but more than that, Isabel made me feel and believe that I was able to be a great flamenco dancer.  Of course, I recognise that had much more to do with her teaching skills than my dancing! Since then I have been to many of Isabel’s classes and they are definitely the highlight of my week. What I really love about flamenco dance is the passion and the way it makes you feel strong, proud and powerful.  Isabel conveys this and much more through her teaching. She is inspirational, motivating, patient and funny. I really appreciate the way she also conveys the context of the dance – its history, its meaning, its influences. Now when anyone ever says to me they are thinking of taking Flamenco dance classes, I say, “Don’t think about it – do it. Once you start you will never stop.”
Gavin Jones, flamenco and sevillanas dance student, London


Contact Isabel at isabelbaquero@btinternet.com or call 07785 288590.

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