When I (Renae) first started studying flamenco dance one of the biggest challenges I had was finding sources of information to enable me to do my own study and deepen my understanding of the art form.
It was 1999, I lived in Perth, Western Australia and the internet wasn’t as big a part of our daily lives as it is now.
I could go to my local library and find books about classical ballet, jazz and tap dancing but finding anything about flamenco was near on impossible.
Since then things have changed quite a bit, being able to share information online has made it so much easier to study but it is still pretty difficult.
Firstly, because flamenco is so vast, you could spend a lifetime studying and just scratch the surface of everything there is to learn.
Secondly, flamenco is an art form that has been largely shared across generations through the oral tradition which means that is hasn't been documented in the same way as, for example, classical music or classical ballet.