"This is Spain.....in Tempe!"
"This is Spain... in Tempe"
AZ Highways Television
AZ Highways Television
"Don't miss out the opportunity to learn what authentic flamenco is all about... I will never forget the valuable lessons I learned from Linda and Ricardo even after I had taken classes and danced Flamenco for over 15 years before I met them!!!
"Thank you Linda! I have been dancing for a very long time, and I have to say I always thought I knew what Flamenco was about... I have to tell you that after 7 months I can tell the difference between learning Flamenco Choreographies and dancing TRUE FLAMENCO. Taking your classes has helped me understand the compas, learn the structure of the dance and feel the music... These three things together make the perfect mix and all I have to do us enjoy myself as my heart moves my body and project lots of different emotions on stage!!! Learning with you and having the opportunity to perform with you and Ricardo has been the best flamenco experience I have ever had... I look forward to many more YEARS of Flamenco!.. the Studio..."
"I initially studied Classical guitar on and off for several years. I discovered your studio 3 years ago and starting from my first lesson, you and Ricardo opened me up to the art of Flamenco. I realized then that Flamenco is more than just a set of techniques or a way of playing guitar for pretty dancers…it is an art form with a deep history and tradition. This art form has since become my passion. What I admire most is how you and Ricardo stay true to Flamenco’s traditional roots.
It is an honor and a privilege for me to perform with you, Ricardo, and our Flamenco family. You have been my Flamenco family for the past 3 years and I’m looking forward to many more!"
"Amazing! Linda is amazing! She is very passionate about this beautiful art! As an aspiring Flamenco dancer, she really takes the time to understand my needs and is amazing at teaching. She is very flexible with my schedule and needs. She answers all my questions and has given me countless materials to use. She makes this experience fun and exciting. Her studio is amazing! The experience I get when I am in her studio is like being in Spain! If you are looking for a great place and a great teacher in this beautiful art, look no further! You have found the right place!!!!!!!! Ole! "
"Allow me to express my gratitude for having me as your guest at your flamenco studio yesterday evening. It was nothing short of a pleasure to see Ms.Linda dance with such commanding presence but a few feet from me and to sing along side a Spanish guitarist of your caliber Sir Ricardo. I ask that you please extend my appreciation to Ms. Naomi who led me through my first flamenco song. She has the type of personality that can easily put someone at ease. Made my first time jitters jump out the window almost immediately! I look forward to viewing your video suggestions and seeing you again next Thursday."
“When I first looked on the Internet for Flamenco lessons in Phoenix it was difficult to find schools and I assumed that nobody was really into it and that the lessons probably wouldn’t be very professional. I contacted Linda Machado on the phone first and she sounded very welcoming, so I decided to give it a try. My first big surprise was observing a private lesson with Linda and one of her students and I couldn’t believe that her student had only taken 4 classes. She displayed a level of dancing it would take a year to learn! I was shocked. And it went on! The level of Linda’s students compared to the time to learn it was just unbelievable. The woman is a magician! Next was the amazing atmosphere there! Ricardo de Cristóbal, the guitar instructor, and his students were coming in and playing their guitars like we were in Andalusia. Everybody was very nice and welcoming… it was such an amazing experience- the truth is it was the best flamenco lesson I’ve ever had! Linda is an amazing teacher, I am so jealous of her local students. She will give each student her comments in private, knowing how to listen to them, helping them to find their way – she is definitely my dream Flamenco teacher!”
Shai (visiting dance student from Israel)
"If you are looking for authentic flamenco this is it. Linda is a wonderful performer and instructor. I have been taking private and group lessons with her for about five years. As an instructor she is patient, kind and from the moment you meet her you can feel that her corazon y miel (heart and soul) are devoted to flamenco. She is a living, breathing testament to this art form. Duende or tener duende ("having duende") loosely means having soul, a heightened state of emotion, and expression and authenticity. All of which she and Ricardo exude. Ole!"
"Simply fabulous. Why? Let me count the reasons:
*They have a passion and love for what they do
*The instruction is wonderful & positive
*You get the moves & the history
I must confess to you that I was born with the dreaded combination of two left feet & no rhythm. Because of this just the thought of having to 'dance' in public normally makes me flee in the opposite direction, or at the very least break into a sweat, lol! I am however an eternal optimist & decided to give an intro beginners class a chance. I'm glad I did :) I had SO much fun! The instructor, I think her name is Linda, was amazing. She was so knowledgeable, broke steps down so it didn't feel overwhelming, made all of us feel comfortable & really made it an experience to remember. Yes, I did still sweat, lol, but I want to do it again!"
"We went to El Encanto in Cave Creek thinking that we were going to see a classical guitarist. We were pleasantly surprised to see a dancer that night, too. Our children got to dance with Linda that night. Since both children enjoyed it, we were thrilled to hear she taught children's classes on Saturday mornings. When I called Linda to arrange for private classes, I was very surprised to hear how reasonable her prices are. Based on my experience with private ballroom dance lessons, I was expecting to pay twice as much as she quoted me. My daughter and I started taking classes together in September and we are enjoying learning something together. We are getting more than what we pay for. Linda is quite obviously not only a professional, but talented and passionate about her art. Her ability to teach both of us at the same time is exceptional, especially given the difference in our attention spans. Both my daughter and I leave every week feeling like we had a good time, and find that we are progressing as well."
I wanted to perform for my wedding dance. I came along with my husband to take lessons from them. And, obviously the wedding dance turned out to be fun and memorable. We still continue to take classes and we both enjoy the time spent in the guidance of the best teachers in Arizona. They understand how to tap into students' fullest potential and behave like personal cheerleaders. Learn the essence of pure flamenco dance, the real and fun way!
“I am so excited to be taking part in your Flamenco lessons, I really enjoyed your class on Saturday. Your beauty and passion for this dance are inspiring to me.”
“Your studio is so comfortable and welcoming.”
“I am so impressed with your school and your performance. Wow. Incredible. I definitely want to take classes”
“I found a nice Peña, held by Linda Machado and Ricardo Cristobal, they’re doing a great job, their peña is very friendly, and I got welcomed there very well.”
Marie (visiting from France)
“Great artistic workout for children, and young and old adults!”
Calaca Cultural Center
AND WHAT THE KIDS SAY:
"Flamenco is my passion and do you know why? Because you are there. Thank you for being an awesome teacher. The last three years have been the best, all thanks to you!"
"Best teacher ever!!
"Dear Ms. Linda: I just want you to know that you are the best teacher a person could have. You inspire me so much and I don't know what I would do with a life without Flamenco. You're the best!"