Marina Tamayo studied classical ballet as a young child and at fourteen years of age studied Flamenco in Granada, Spain with the gypsies of Sacromonte. From an early age, Marina began dancing Flamenco in tablao and theatre. As an invited artist Marina has danced and taught classes in Spain, Europe, Asia, South America and London.
For the past thirty-eight years, Marina has been intensely teaching. Having little time to perform or create, Marina spent most of her time preparing students and in the studio instructing. But, the stage was calling for her to return. As time was passing by, and after a serious health episode, Marina decided to leave all that she had created and done what she really wanted to do, get back on stage.
The meeting with Aitor Hernandez was destiny. When Marina decided to scale back her teaching and let go of her full-time Flamenco school, Aitor arrived in Australia. Marina joined Aitor on stage and not long after, they formed Hernandez Tamayo Spanish Dance Theatre. Since its inception, they have worked from Brisbane to Adelaide and Tasmania teaching masterclasses and performing on a regular basis.
Their works have gained critical claim. Their most recent work EMERALD, received an invitation to debut in The MOVES Contemporary Dance Festival 2018, Tasmania and was produced by the Darlinghurst Theatre Company, NSW in 2018.