At Manos Rojas, our mission is to bring an integrated Flamenco music and dance experience to the Kansas City area. Our students are provided with live accompaniment in all of our classes as they learn how Flamenco music and dance work together. We also feel strongly that it is important to know the culture and history of the art form, and why it is so pertinent to the human condition.

What we offer at Manos Rojas

• A strong emphasize on flamenco technique, which allows each student to develop a strong foundation and style.

• At a very affordable price, every student is guaranteed to receive an extensive cardio workout to a room full of live Flamenco accompaniment.

• Organized social events, workshops and student performances throughout the year ensure a quality artistic experience with increased opportunities to work with Flamenco professionals.


School of Flamenco Music and Dance


ZHANNA SAPAROVA- director/dance instructor

Originally from Turkmenistan, Zhanna has found herself in Flamenco dance by way of Argentine Tango, Salsa and Merengue. Ms. Saparova has been fortunate to have the opportunity to study with Flamenco masters, Ursula Moreno (Malaga, Spain), La Truco (Madrid, Spain), Omayra Amaya (Boston, MA) La Conja (NY, NY), Pinar Dinlemez (Istanbul, Turkey), Adriana Maresma (Jerez, Spain), Melinda Hedgecorth (Sevilla, Spain), Susana di Palma (Minneapolis, MN) and Sachiko Nishiuchi (Sevilla, Spain). Zhanna is principal dancer in the ensemble "Al-Andaluz."

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BEAU BLEDSOE - founder/guitar instructor/accompanist

Beau studied guitar at the UMKC Conservatory of Music where he received a Master of Music. He continued his professional career in Kansas City playing with jazz, classical, and Latin musicians. He has studied Flamenco with such masters as Antonio Andrade, Miguel Rodriguez, Santiago Aguilar, Pedro Cortez Jr. and Luis Heredia of La Repompa de Málaga.  Beau has worked extensively with the tenor, Nathan Granner, soprano, Victoria Botero, classical violinist, Gregory Sandomirsky, Argentine Tango quintet Tango Lorca, the Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis, the Bach Aria Soloists, new music ensemble, newEar, Owen/Cox Dance Group, and the Kansas City Ballet. He co-founded the independent record label Tzigane, which is home to six of Beau’s own recorded projects. Through his many diverse projects and ensembles, Beau has performed in Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia and almost every state in the United States. Most recently, Beau has become an avid student of Ottoman Classical Music and the Turkish Ud.

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by Zhanna Saparova