FLAMENCOis a highly-expressive and emotional art form that sprang from the diverse cultures and civilizations that existed in the regions of Andalusia (Southern Spain). Flamenco exists in three forms: “cante” (song), “baile” (dance) and instrumental music "toque" (mostly guitar playing). These elements together give expression to the joy and sorrow of its original people, los gitanos, who were marked by oppression and persecution. Flamenco in its more modern form integrates other world cultures, including Latin American, thus continues to create a tapestry of the human experience. The Academy of Flamenco Arts is a testimonial to that, with instructors, performers and students from Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Venezuela and the USA.