Deya Miranda Giner, Principal Teacher
Deya Miranda is a professional flamenco dancer, and the principal dance instructor at the Newcastle Flamenco Dance.
She first began to dance flamenco in 1992, at the age of 16, in Menorca (Spain) with Paqui Ferrer.
Upon her return from Spain she continued learning and perfecting her art with flamenco dancer Diana Reyes, in Sydney.
The passion to return to the source and the heart of flamenco dance persisted and in 1994 Deya decided to travel once more to Spain to live and study flamenco in Málaga with the help of her Spanish relatives. She studied with some renowned master dancers, including; La Lupi, El Carrete and La Rosa de Málaga.
She also deputed as a dancer, at the 'Gypsy Tablao' (Soniquete) in Málaga, alongside the famous El Carrete.
In 2002, Deya moved to Seville to further her studies at the prestigious flamenco dance school of Cristina Herren. Here she studied master classes with Milagros Menjíbar ( style called Bata De Cola - which is a name for the traditional Spanish ruffle dress with a train), Isabel Bayón, Javier Barón and Manolo Soler. Also, she danced intensively under the tutelage of Juana Amaya, at her school in Seville.
Next year, her dance engagements started to take off. In 2003, Deya worked for a dance company in Mallorca (Spain), which performed in high end music venues.
In 2004, she toured Holland with a flamenco group for a month, and they performed at a variety of music venues and theatres . Later that year she returned to Australia and performed with a local flamenco guitarist Damian Wright in Newcastle and Sydney.
By this point in Deya's life, she completely fell in love with Spain and flamenco, and started spending more and more time in Spain.
From 2005 until 2008, she worked with her old teacher, Paqui Ferrer, in her flamenco group in Menorca (Spain) where Deya had the opportunity to dance in the 'La Traviatta' opera production with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. She went on to perform at the reputable Cuidadella Theatre, and at the number of five star hotels and music venues .
In 2009, Deya moved to Jerez, (birthplace of flamenco art ) where she met her partner Paco Lara, a renowned flamenco guitarist.
Their combined talents and passion lead them to a string of performances all over the world:
Deya and Paco travelled to Australia in 2010, to perform at the Yarra Valley Vineyards and in Deya's hometown - Newcastle. The same year they travelled to Shanghai (China) , performing at diverse congress halls, in luxury five star hotels and at a Chinese New Year’s celebration.
In 2011, they performed at the prestigious International Flamenco Dance Festival of Jerez, (Spain), in a flamenco cycle at the Jineteverde Arts Venue, (El Zoco).
Later, in 2012, they formed the group called 'La Gypsy Caravana ' (The Gypsy Caravan) and arrived to Australia to perform .This group was a unique fusion group of pure flamenco dance and song, and a collaboration with the lead singer and guitarist from a famous Andalusian folk fusion flamenco band 'Los Delinquentes' ('The Delinquents').
Afterwards, they went on a short tour to the northern Spain and performed at the prestigious Flamenco Festival of Jerez.
In all this, Deya never ceased to perfect her craft. She decided to further her dance studies in Jerez at a master level before returning to Australia on a permanent basis in 2017.
She danced with the master Manuela Carpio, and also danced and performed under the guidance of La Maestra, Mercedes Ruiz (one of Spain’s most acclaimed flamenco dancers in the history).
At the moment, Deya and her husband Paco have a group in Australia, called 'Tabanko Flamenko', which incorporates traditional Spanish and modern dance, song and guitar , and the group often performs in collaboration with other renowned Spanish/Australian flamenco artists.